(VELINO) Roma, 15 Jul - "Body and earth" is the title of anexhibition by Francesca Leone, which will take place inSantiago de Chile between July 22 and Aug. 5. The event hasbeen organised by the publishers, curated by Giacinto diPietrantonio and was made possible with the assistance of theItalian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC). Thename of the exhibition is derived from the constant change theartist sees in nature and bodies. A number of works mergelandscapes and hills with the faces and bodies of women. Theartist's intent is to show the strength and intelligence of thepeople portrayed, rather than their physical beauty. "The workof Francesca Leone is a presentation of time stood still,"explains Francisco Brugnoli, director of the Museum ofContemporary Art. "Each body-sized canvas confronts us withdifferent times that occur simultaneously and are captured inthe insight of the work. Thus, her work speaks of memory andsurvival." "Leone is a great Italian artist who deserves to beknown in Chile," added Italian ambassador to Chile, MarcoRicci. "Her works help us to reflect on the relationshipbetween man and nature, emphasising the importance ofuniqueness in singularity. "The works are in large format andare made with a mixed technique, using cellophane, sand,bitumen and sawdust with glue. They are the artist's mostrecent works, made in 2012 and 2013 and previously exhibited atthe Museum of Naples. Francesca Leone is the daughter ofdirector Sergio Leone and one of the leading dancers at theRome Opera. After graduating in scenography at the Academy ofFine Arts in Rome and with a higher degree at the University ofFine Arts in the same city, she devoted herself to painting.Her first exhibition was in 2008, at the Loggia di SanBartolomeo in Palermo. She won the Mc Kim prize in June 2009and, having exhibited her work at the Moscow Museum of ModernArt (MMOMA), was made an honorary member of the Russian Academyof Fine Arts. vel.