Impirioso, 2013, 30 min. Above trailer 2'40. Scroll down for production stills and installation shots.

An 80s TV mini series episode made by an artist Sarah Baker, Impirioso explores luxury, idolatry, scandal, and the constructs of dramatic television. A cursed logo of a famous family-run fashion brand instigates infidelity, betrayal, incest, and murder.

Baker creates a fictional brand, Impirio Rosso, and portrays the sordid affairs of luxury-obsessed Luccia Rosso, brought to life by actress Olivia d'Abo (Conan the Destroyer, The Wonder Years). Inspired by Patricia Reggiani-Gucci, who served time in prison for killing her husband, Maurizzio Gucci.

Supported by Arts Council England for UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire, Museum of St Albans, and Hatfield House.


Filming Impirioso at Hatfield House. Photo Ila Desai.

IMPIRIOSO AND ROCOCO ROCCO CASA
UH GALLERIES AT THE MUSEUM OF ST ALBANS
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND GRANTS FOR THE ARTS

LINKS:
Download gallery installation images PDF
Download Press Release
UH website

TEXT:
"Sarah Baker: A Muse of Power," Gemma de Cruz

PRESS:
Sarah Baker on the cover of The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art & Music
St Albans Review


Rococo Rocco Casa Side Table


Impirioso video still, Hatfield House.

 
Impirioso, image used for full page magazine advertising. Featuring Christopher Goh as Fan Shu in Impirioso. Photo: Jet. Wardrobe: Kate Forbes. Makeup: Giada Venturini.
 


Sarah Baker art and Music Saatchi Magazine Sarah Baker A Muse of Power

Click above to see the magazine spread
Click here to read the text "Sarah Baker: A Muse of Power" by Gemma de Cruz



Impirioso Installation at UH Galleries at The Museum of St Albans, UK


Impirioso video still, Olivia d'Abo

Impirio Rosso Earrings, worn by Olivia d'Abo. Exhibition image: Impirioso and Rococo Rocco Casa at UH Galleries.

 
Rococo Rocco Casa Quilt, hand-stitched using Baker's screen printed textiles. Exhibition image: Impirioso and Rococo Rocco Casa at UH Galleries.
 



Impirioso production image, Michael Malarkey and Laura Ainsworth. Photo: Emma Hartvig.


Impirioso production image, Hannah Lederer. Photo: Emma Hartvig.


Impirioso production image, Doug Rao. Photo: Emma Hartvig


 
  Cast & Crew on IMDB  


Impirioso Preview, UH Galleries at The Museum of St Albans. Christopher Goh, Doug Rao, Hannah Lederer, Michael Malarkey, Andrew Mullan, and Maria de Lima. Photo: Ila Desai


The artist and UH Galleries wish to thank Hatfield House, Luton Hoo Hotel, The Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel, Departure Lounge Contemporary Art (Luton), Jill & Don Shaul, Kate Forbes, Roger Burton at Contemporary Wardrobe, Sylvain LeGuen at LG éventails, Jessica Broas Millinery, IBC Digital, For Weddings Fun or a Funeral (Rolls Royce Hire) and Arts Council England, without whose generous assistance Impirioso would not have been possible.