The Italian Cultural Institute of Belgrade presents Luigi Di Sarro. Theater in the form of photography, an exhibition dedicated to Luigi Di Sarro, an artist active in the Sixties and Seventies, a period that today is being brought to the attention of critics for the innovative thrusts brought to contemporary art. The exhibition, organized on the occasion of the forty-year anniversary of the artist’s death in collaboration with the Documentation Center of Contemporary Artistic Research Luigi Di Sarro, is curated by Prof. Lorenzo Mango of the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and will be opened at the Italian Cultural Institute of Belgrade on October 3rd 2019 at 6.30 pm, where it will remain on show until October 22nd.
IIC Belgrade participates with this event in the Day of the Contemporary, promoted by AMACI that in the last editions, with the collaboration started by the Mibac with Maeci, also involves Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes abroad in organizing events for the enhancement of contemporary Italian art and culture.
The inauguration will be preceded by the presentation of the book by Carla Cucchiarelli That night in Rome, a biography of the artist who died prematurely, only thirty-seven in 1979, killed for a fatal misunderstanding in the tense climate of the Seventies in Italy.
The international promotion project linked to the forty years from the death, is inspired by an intuition of the same Di Sarro – who in a pen drawing had indicated places on the terrestrial globe “Rome, New York, Tokyo and … who knows where” -, was promoted and realized in numerous locations abroad and after the Belgrade stop will continue for other exhibitions in the world.
On 28 September 2019 in the splendid rooms of the Holden Gallery in Manchester, 24H Drawing Lab by Sara and Rivka Spizzichino received the People’s Choice Award presented by The Big Draw.
The prestigious British award linked to contemporary design has recognized innovation, accessibility and passion as fundamental values in the project born in 2013 by the artist Sara Spizzichino and the photographer Rivka Spizzichino, with the aim of literacy to creativity also and above all who it does not come from artistic contexts.
The award, organized in Italy by Carta Fabriano and established by The Big Draw (formally Campaign For Drawing) is heir to what was founded in 1870 by John Ruskin under the name of Guild of St. George and is an English organization that has the purpose of educating in the arts and recognizing the dignity of drawing as an instrument of observation and study of reality and which also sees among its patrons the artist David Hockney and the illustrator Sir Quentin Blake.
The project that 24H Drawing Lab has created in Rome for The Big Draw, has involved in the front line the Centre of Documentation for Contemporary Artistic Research Luigi Di Sarro, and the National Roman Museum Palazzo Altemps with free events open to all.
Screening and Awards Ceremony of the 2 winners and 8 finalists of the VAA-Video Art Awards 2nd edition took place on May 14th at the historic Labia Cinema in Cape Town. Now the VAA screening evening moves to Italy where the cortoLovere Festival will host the event on September 26th at the Tadini Art Academy.
The prize-giving event took place in the historic Cinema Labia, Tuesday 14 May 2019. All the 10 shortlisted works in the two selections (Italian and South African) have been projected.
The VAA – Video Art Awards is designed and promoted by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the contribution of Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria and the International Short Film Festival cortoLovere, where the VAA Top10 will be screened again (23-28 September 2019).
He studied in the classrooms of the IED in Milan, graduating in 2011 in Illustration and Animation courses. Thus began his career in the world of visual art. However, the definitive turning point accomplished by moving to the Netherlands, where he attended the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, from which he graduated in 2015 with a specialization in Audio Visual Arts. During his time at Rietveld, he has the opportunity to follow an international exchange program at RMIT University in Melbourne. The Dutch experience will open to him doors to several international experiences: Australia, Argentina, the United States, Kuwait and Canada. Winner of numerous international prizes, competitions and residences, from 2016 he began to devote himself entirely to his personal research, which he combined with commissioned work. Practicing in three continents, his work has been exhibited internationally in countries such as Australia, Canada, Argentina, Japan, Holland and Italy. To date, he lives and works between Genoa and Montréal.
“There are a certain amount of ordinary moments in life that are con- sidered neither here or there, these are spaces for otherness, for some considered irrelevant, that are simultaneously physical and mental, such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror.” Michel Foucault
These spaces of otherness are infinite, disposed on time framed dimensions that inexorably passes through, with or without our consideration. The experience of the traveler, consisting of a series of movements within space, producing a phenomenon of a new order, where geography overtakes knowledge. Our conception of spatiality shapes our perception of time, and, on an individual scale, defines our way of perceiving movement. Spaces trace an inventory of the adventure of knowledge, omitting nothing; knowl- edge traces cartography of known lands, omitting nothing. Acting as a prelude to a subjective perception of a suspension in time, White Time is a video installation where a simple figure stands in a not specific dimension. Surrounded by the surface of the black screen different elements interact with each other, mutating through the composition of an undefined spatial location. Niccolò Masini
Jabu Newman was born and raised in Plumstead, a suburb of Cape Town. She is 25 years old and studied at UCT, University of Cape Town, where she graduated in Political Science and then specialized in Visual and Media Arts, then deepening cinema and directing at the African Arts Institute. He works in film production and continues his artistic research with video art and photography works, mainly oriented to the exploration of human and social relations. He won the VAA award with the video “Untitled: Friends”.
The title Untitled:Friends alludes to the complexity of chosen relationships, specifically how deeply bound two souls who share no family relation can be: a strong connection that no title or description can truly articulate.
Like most of Newman’s body of work, the film specifically focuses on femme binary identity and relationships. The storyline is intentionally centered around femme friendships and simultaneously challenges and celebrates them against a backdrop of a mundane heteronormative neighborhood, where these layered and complex identities are prosecuted and undervalued.
Untitled:Friends was shot, written, directed and edited by Newman over a period of two years and reads like a personal visual diary, in which she invites us into her childhood and teenage years in Plumstead. Come per la maggior parte dei lavori di Newman, il film pone un’attenzione particolare all’identità e alle relazioni nel mondo femminile. Il racconto è volutamente centrato su una storia di amicizia fra donne in cui contemporaneamente si sfida e si festeggia, in una atmosfera mondana, quel substrato di codici di etero-normalità in cui le identità stratificate e complesse sono perseguitate e sottovalutate. Untitled:friends è stato girato, scritto, diretto e montato da Newman nel corso di due anni e si offre come un personale diario visivo, nel quale l’autrice svela i suoi anni d’infanzia e adolescenza nel quartiere di Plumstead. (Jabu Nadia Newman)
Theme “Interconnections: Legacy and Identity”. A very topical subject for this 2nd edition of the competition that Centro Di Sarro dedicates to artists under 45 who work with video and new media. Call CLOSED – UNDER SELECTION.
About 100 works, between paintings, sculptures, graphics and photography, some of which have never been exhibited before or not exhibited for a long time, coming from the contemporary art collections of Rome – GAM.Galleria d’Arte Moderna and MACRO – to document how the female universe has always been the object a favorite of artistic attention, from an object to admire, as an angel or a temptress, to a mysterious subject who wonders about his identity up to the new image born of the contestation of the Sixties.
It’s Women. Body and image between symbol and revolution, exhibition that the Gallery of Modern Art hosts from January 24 to October 13, 2019. The exhibition path is accompanied by documentary material, video installations, photographic and film documents taken from cinematographic works and newsreels, as well as from performance videos and artist films.
In the series of portraits on the second floor of the exhibition stands out, among others, the face of Elisa, the wife of Giacomo Balla, portrayed while he turns to look at something or someone behind him. The iconic value of the image is enclosed in the look that changes the amazement in seduction and curiosity transforming the portrait of the young woman from an object to admire to a mysterious subject.
The exhibition itinerary is accompanied by video installations, photographic and filmic documents taken from cinematographic works and newsreels from the Bologna Film Library and the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà Archive which have overseen their implementation.
In a room of the exhibition is shown the film, produced by the Istituto Luce, Bellissima (2004) by Giovanna Gagliardi which, through historical documents of the Luce Archive, film clips, popular songs and interviews tells the story of women’s journey in the twentieth century .
The last section of the exhibition, dedicated to the dynamics and relationships between the developments of contemporary art, women’s emancipation and feminist struggles, presents documentary material from ARCHIVIA – Women’s Libraries Documentation Centers – and testimonies of performance and film artist of some protagonists of that fundamental season coming from private collections, important museums and public institutions (Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – National Film Library, Galleria Civica of Modern Art Turin, MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, MART – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto – Tullia Denza Archive).
Curated by Marco Delogu
Catalogue published by Quodlibet
Through the works of twenty authors and their personal research this exhibition explores portrait photography in Italy, with a great number of unpublished photographs and some renowned ones picturing subjects looking straight into the camera, silently aware of being portrayed. From this strong connection between the photographer and the subject, based on a shared homeland, social group and history, originate direct portraits that seem to cross eyes with a future observer. As the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death approaches, his beautiful portraits, that have been seen by countless admirers and influenced the work of numerous artists, are the reference point for a continuous reflection on both portrait and Italian identity.
Luigi Di Sarro is present with two works, experimental photography from the 70s.
The artist Caterina Pecchioli is on the billboard of the TheatreArtVerona contemporary theater review. Her Social Choreography, housed in the foyer of the Teatro Nuovo, is an interactive installation in which the public is invited to take on a role and become the actor of an open performative exchange. The visitor enters a space inhabited by various “constellations” of chairs where, following a series of suggested instructions, it forms an open partition that can be acted in many ways.
The participants, simultaneously executing different instructions indicated in the cards, give life to the “Social Choreography”. The dynamic that is born leads to simultaneous experimentation and observation, as simple gestures, actions and positions in space, influencing the role and social communication.
The project takes place as a collateral event of ART Verona and is carried out in collaboration with Centro Luigi Di Sarro.
Centro Luigi Di Sarro returns to cortoLovere with the finalists of the VAA-Video Art Award. The 10 finalist videos and the winners of the contest promoted by Centro Di Sarro, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria and cortoLovere will be screened at the international short film festival on Lake Iseo at the Tadini Academy. The event will be attended by the young videomaker winner of the South African section Kamyar Binesh Tarigh, which the Festival will host for the entire week in Lovere.
A contest dedicated to Video Art, born from the need to stimulate artistic production in the moving image to offer a limelight to experimentation in the audiovisual field and at the same time to develop opportunities for exchange and comparison on the theme of environmental sustainability, economic and socio-cultural. The Video Art Award was launched in the first edition between Italy and South Africa in 2018, and is aimed at artists who are not over 40 years old.
The competition, promoted by the Centre di documentazione della ricerca artistica contemporanea Luigi Di Sarro, with the contribution of cortoLovere and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria, and the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO, has rewarded the best video works produced by emerging artists on the territory of the involved countries. Among the applications, in the two sections South Africa and Italy, 10 finalists were selected by a jury of experts and the two winners were nominated by the VAA for a prize-trip to take part in the award ceremony in Cape Town (24 March 2018) and in Lovere (27 September 2018).
The Winners of the VAA are Luca Coclite, for Italy with the work Solitary Gardens and Kamyar Binesh Tarigh for South Africa with the work Shelter.
The Finalists are for Italy: Ilaria Biotti (8’20 “- On Time Traveling), Gilda Li Rosi (Migration), Caterina Pecchioli (Mani Nostre: Valeria), Michela Tobiolo (Enter this wound); for South Africa: Nonkululeko Chabalala (Nobody Wana See Us Togheter), Rory Emmet (Concerning Alchemy), Faith XLVII (Aqua Regalia), Thania Petersen (Salt).
Centro Di Sarro hosts 24H Drawing Lab as part of the Big Draw Festival 2018. Since 2000, the annual international festival of design, which unites people under the motto “drawing is a universal language / design is a universal language”, It takes place regularly in more than 25 countries, involves more than 1000 events and has brought over 4 million people to the drawing board. Big Draw Festival takes place this year from 1 to 31 October worldwide, and from mid-September to mid-October for 31 days it arrives in Italy. Beneficial institution for arts education, The Big Draw is the founder and motor of the Festival and believes that “everyone can draw”. The Big Draw promotes design as a universal language capable of changing lives and bringing people of all ages, origins and religions from all over the world together.
Centro Di Sarro and 24H Drawing Lab are happy to present “From vision to observation. Solution to perceptual problems in the design. “On October 9th 2018 at 3pm, free meeting by reservation where the artist Sara Spizzichino and the photographer Rivka Spizzichino will help to recognize the most common pitfalls that do not allow to draw well, facing the perceptive difficulties that they meet in transferring their sign on the white sheet. Understanding and overcoming these difficulties helps to free oneself from one’s internal censor, allowing even non-artists to find their own creative way. The events in Italy are supported by Fabriano.
The workshop in Rome took place on 9th October in the Centro Di Sarro spaces in Via Paolo Emilio 28, from 3 to 6 pm. The Centro is also home to the Luigi Di Sarro Historical Archive which preserves the legacy of the artist’s works, including a fund of over 10 thousand drawings.