ALS OB. GRENZE hosts Historical Archive Luigi Di Sarro. Verona, Arsenale. 2020, Sept 9-14.

3rd Edition of Grenze – Photographic Arsenals International and contemporary photography in Verona. Vernissage 11 sept h.18 (with face masks in respect of anti-Covid19 rules). Grenze Festival will take place in numerous locations from 9th September to 2nd novembre 2020.

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The Palladio Design Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Culture of Municipality of Verona – International Center of Photography Scavi Scaligeri and sponsorship of IUSVE University, present the third edition of GrenzeFestival of contemporary and international photography.

At the head of the artistic direction and curation of the festival we have the professor and art critic Simone Azzoni, the photographer Francesca Marra, and the professor and photography scholar Arianna Novaga.

This year’s theme is “Als Ob“, meaning “as if”. In German language it implies something doubtful: perhaps it is like this, it is as if it were like that and therefore, sooner or later, it will be like that, otherwise it can’t be helped. “As if” is a self-fulfilling prophecy. A hypothesis is projected into reality and lived as if it were true. The “as if” is an assumption that, by the mere fact of having been pronounced, it produces an event: no matter if it is a realistic thing or not. “Als Ob” opens scenarios towards possible realities, measuring and altering the distance between what is seen and the observer.

There are seven exhibition locations that will host the photographers of the 2020 edition:

– MilitaryArsenal
– Spazio Arte Pisanello
– Civic Library

– Laboratorio Theater

– ShyGallery33

– Isolo17 Gallery

– Museum of Natural Sciences


In addition, the photographers of the Off section will be hosted at :

– Vintage bus ATM – In bus
– Library Pagina12
– Bar Sipario

The program of this year’s edition will be packed with events in the city and outside the walls.

From September 9th to the 14th, at the former Military Arsenal (main venue of the festival), the Pad 20/1 will host :

Archivio Luigi di Sarro (L.Di Sarro Experimental Photography from the 70’s), Jacob Balzani Lööv (Armenia Azerbaijan Sports), Silvio Canini (What are you looking for, the sea?), Gianluca Camporesi (Visions of Hyperbody), Daniel W. Coburn (The Hereditary Estate), Enrico FedrigoliBrian McCarty (War-Toys), Rowshanbakht Hossein & Hassan (The Wall Collection), Stefano Mirabella (DOM) and Alessandro Secondin (The second number)

Also in the Arsenal, with the contribution of the Scavi Scaligeri International Center of Photography, we will be exhibiting a selection of photographs (from the Scavi Scaligeri archive) by Franco Fontana, Luigi Ghirri, Greg Gorman, Michael Kenna, Daniel Lee, Giuseppe Pino, Ferdinando Scianna, Tazio Secchiaroli, Enzo Sellerio, Oliviero Toscani and Jerry Uelsmann.

Inside the Arsenal, for the entire duration of the festival, a space dedicated to independent photographic publishing will also be set up.

From September 10th to 21st, at the Spazio Arte Pisanello will be hosted the exhibition of Mike Crawford Obsolete and Discontinued, a project based on the idea of, giving new life to analogue photography, considered by many to be obsolete. Thanks to the recovery and recycling of old materials that have been out of production for a long time and destined for pulping, the author photography is saved by the intervention of the English printer, involved in the field of ecology and sustainability. The exhibition was exhibited in Barcelona, Cologne, London, Ljubljana and Naples.

A vintage bus of the Inbusclub Association, parked on the Arsenal square during the festival, will host the Off photographers selected through an international call.

At the Civic Library, from October 5th to 12th, will be also possible to visit the photographic exhibition of Kevin Horan, which portrays goats and sheep in the studio.

The Dolomites Stories project by Alessandro Cristofoletti will be also exhibited from September 16th to 25th at ShyGallery33 in via XX Settembre.

From October 16th to 2nd November, at the Isolo17 Gallery (in via XX Settembre), will be exhibited “Cuando el recuerdo se convierte en polvo” by Cuban Ricardo Miguel Hernandez and “Interpose” by Eolo Perfido.

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There will be also numerous side events in various locations around the city and outside the walls:

The 8th of October at 4.00 pm, at the Museum of Natural Sciencesa talk will be held entitled: I spoke to a goat. The poetry of everyday life through photos of animals and plants. The speakers are the critic and journalist of the Republic Michele Smargiassi, the publisher Valentina De Pasca and the writer Giulia Mirandola.

The 15th of September at 9.00 pm, the electronic musician Vincenzo Scorza will hold an audio-video performance entitled “Island – liveset for inaccurate sounds and errant photons” at the Laboratorio Theater. The artistic intervention is in collaboration with the perAspera festival.

On September 12, at the former military Arsenal at 2.30 pm, the lawyer Toti Bellastella, will hold a conference entitled “Photography and copyright”.

In this third edition, Grenze will still maintain its identity linked to training and education. On Saturday September 12th, the photographer Yvonne De Rosa of “Magazzini fotografici di Napoli”, will be available throughout the day for free Portfolio Readings that will be held in the main office.

Two Workshops included in the program of the festival: the one with Eolo Perfido by the Association NESSUNO[press] and the one with Valeria Pierini.

Furthermore, Grenze is also out of town. This year the Festival has partnered with different events in Emilia Romagna and Trentino:

in Bologna, it partnered in the Art and The City Festival with Giorgia Chinellato’s The Flutter MtF / FtM project, created in 2018 on commission from the festival;

in Trento, it exhibited Andrea Roversi’s Dauðalogn at the Trentino Impact Hub. And again in Trento, at the Due Punti Bookstore will be exhibited Nostos by Fabio Moscatelli.

In the same bookstore in Trentino, a fanzine space will also be open for the duration of the exhibition (until the end of June).

Grenze is a non profit Festival but it is made possible by the important presence of some partner friends.

Supporters: Zanotto Foundation, Flos, Mail Boxes ETC, Cartongraph
Partner Galleries: Isolo17, Photographic Warehouses, Luigi di Sarro Contemporary

Artistic Documentation Center

Technical sponsors: E-Graphic, Art Verona 2020, Teatro Scientifico, Museo Diocesano d’Arte, Associazione Are We Human, IC09 Valerio Catullo, Nessunopress, Incontridifotografia, Libreria Due Punti, 5Continents Edizioni, Trentino Impact Hub, e Domini Veneti

Photo prints are possible thanks to Samuele Mancini Canson.

The communication of the festival is entirely conceived and designed by the students of the IUSVE Graphic and Multimedia Communication Sciences and Techniques course, coordinated by the professor Stefano Torregrossa.

The exhibitions at the former Military Arsenal (Pavilion 20/01 and bus) and the Arte Pisanello space will be free entry and open during the festival days from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

For other locations, see the time of each individual office. Daily updated information on the festival can be found on

www.grenzearsenalifotografici.com www.facebook.com/grenzearsenalifotografici/

@grenze.arsenali.fotografici

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ATTICA. Enzo Cursaro. Curated by Massimo Bignardi. 4-28 March 2020

Opening March 4th 2020 5pm.

Paintings and papers created by Enzo Cursaro in recent years, which shows a marked interest in the sign as an expressive figure that finds in the plot, a narrative plot full of references drawn from the anthropological sphere. “At stake is the figure of his existential identity, of his link with the places where he was born, with Paestum and his mystery. Attica is above all the panorama that opens to his eyes when, from the top of his studio, they range over the expanse of the plain that welcomes the Magna Graecia city going west, until reaching Capri. It acts as a reunion with its origins, with memory, with the vitality of the first encounter with the sign “.

Enzo Cursaro was born in Paestum in 1953. He studied in Naples where, at the Academy of Fine Arts, he followed Domenico Spinosa’s lessons and where he graduated in 1978. In those years his interest was oriented towards abstract-informal compositions, which he would later resume in the 90’s. In the second half of the 70’s, as soon as he left the Academy of Fine Arts, he began his relationship with San Carlo Art Gallery directed by Raffaele Formisano, thus becoming an active part of a group of artists belonging to the Mezzogiorno (South of Italy). For about thirty years (1983-2012), he lives permanently in Verona, where he teaches art history and pictorial disciplines at public secondary schools. Since the mid-eighties he has exhibited mainly in Europe. Recently he has returned to Paestum where he lives and works.

ARP 7Edition at Cape Town Art Fair. 14-16 February 2020.

Alessio Barchitta, Giulia Fumagalli, Salvador Gomez, Grace Mokalapa, Zana Masombuka and Viktoria Nianiou end their journey with Arp-Art Residency Project at Investec Cape Town Art Fair, co-existence is the show of artworks made by the 6 winning artists during the six weeks of the art residency between Cape Town, Granada e Roma.

co-existence is an exploratory journey of interpersonal, geographical, and collective experiences of identity. We all exist in close proximity, but often without being aware of each other’s individual and shared experience. We move in built and organic environments that evoke emotional responses – beyond our consciousness – the scenography of our daily life.

co-existence is not the sum of individuals, but the result of this addition.

co-existence means sharing and reflecting on our identity in terms of culture, heritage, gender, and environment. One of the questions the project poses is: how we can realize a co-existence without disavowing our individual cultural heritage.  

co-existence will see three stages of travel, meetings, and research: Cape Town, Granada and Rome. (Alessandra Atti Di Sarro – ARP Director)

ARP 7Edition. co-existence the final show in Rome. Opening 14 Dec 2019.

Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta from Italy, Viktoria Nianiou and Salvador Gomez from Spain, Zana Masombuka and Grace Mokalapa from South Africa, are the 6 young winners artists of ARP 7Edition. From the 14th of December 2019 to the 18th of January 2020 they will be on show with co-existence, the exhibition that concludes the art residency project between Cape Town, Granada e Rome.

ARP is a program of international residencies organized by Centro Luigi Di Sarro, with the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO. ARP is aimed at engaging young artists under 30 with geographical and interpersonal exchanges. ARP 7th Edition – Talents Exchange has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the MAECI-Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and to Media Aid Onlus and My Cape Town. The exchange project between South Africa and Italy began in 2009 and since then more than twenty-five artists have travelled and worked between the two countries. 

The present edition, took place in Cape Town, Granada, and Rome, adding a second stage in Europe. In November and December 2019 the Talent Exchange followed a new format: an itinerant route where each artist will have the opportunity to work on a research project in constant dialogue with the environment and the rest of the group. The participants have different stories and artistic background: Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta come from Milan but Alessio was born in Sicily, Salvador Gomez comes from Barcelona whereas Viktoria Nianiou has studied in Spain but was born in Greece. Lastly, Grace Mokalapa and Zana Masombuka both live in Johannesburg.

ARP 7Edition. Meet up the artists in Granada. 5 December 2019

Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta from Italy, Viktoria Nianiou and Salvador Gomez from Spain, Zana Masombuka and Grace Molakapa from South Africa are the six young artists who have won the 7th edition of the ARP Project. 

Following the journey in Cape Town, the Art Residency Project promoted by Centro Luigi Di Sarro is in Granada with the collaboration of Suburbia Contemporary Art.

ARP 7ED – TALENTS EXCHANGE: co-existence, 2019 November 23rd, Satellite, Cape Town – Meet up the artists

Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta from Italy, Viktoria Nianiou and Salvador Gomez from Spain, Zana Masombuka and Grace Molakapa from South Africa are the six young artists who have won the 7th edition of the ARP Project. On November 23rd they started co-existence, the first stage of collaboration at the end of their residency period in Cape Town.

co-existence is an exploratory journey of interpersonal, geographical, and collective experiences of identity. We all exist in close proximity, but often without being aware of each other’s individual and shared experience. We move in built and organic environments that evoke emotional responses – beyond our consciousness – the scenography of our daily life.

co-existence is not the sum of individuals, but the result of this addition.

co-existence means sharing and reflecting on our identity in terms of culture, heritage, gender, and environment. One of the questions the project poses is: how we can realize a co-existence without disavowing our individual cultural heritage.

This experiment will see three stages of travel, meetings, and research. Cape Town is the first. Granada and Rome will follow. (Alessandra Atti Di Sarro) 

The programme of international residencies organized by Centro Luigi Di Sarro, with the collaboration of Suburbia Contemporary Art (Granada), Satellite (Cape Town), and Rainbow Media NPO, is aimed at engaging young artists under 30 with geographical and interpersonal exchanges. ARP 7th Edition – Talents Exchange has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the MAECI-Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and to Media Aid Onlus and My Cape Town. The exchange programme between South Africa and Italy began in 2009 and since then more than twenty artists have travelled and worked between the two countries. 

The present edition, number seven, will take place in Cape Town, Granada, and Rome. In November and December 2019 the Talent Exchange will follow a new format: an itinerant route where each artist will have the opportunity to work on a research project in constant dialogue with the environment and the rest of the group. 

The participants have different stories and artistic background: Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta come from Milan but Alessio was born in Sicily, Salvador Gomez comes from Barcelona whereas Viktoria Nianiou has studied in Spain but was born in Greece. Lastly, Grace Mokalapa and Zana Masombuka both live in Johannesburg.

The group will arrive in the Mother City on November 10th and will work at Satellite, a new space opened a few months ago by Jake Aikman in Woodstock.

“Jake Aikman is among the artists who had a residency in Italy through the exchange programme by Centro Luigi Di Sarro – says Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, the director of ARP – so this new collaboration makes us twice as proud. This year, ARP is targeting the Co-Create concept, we want to push young artists to get out of their comfort zone and exchange views, especially on the theme of identity, in all its complexities. ARP is not just a cultural bridge. The goal of the present edition, with the new itinerant formula between Europe and Africa, is trying to push Art and artists outside well-known boundaries, into unknown territories”.

Every city will host a Meet up Day to allow the six artists to present their research, put together a shared project and interact with different spaces and people. Next stage will be Granada, then the group will move to Rome.


A NICCA. Marcela Gottardo and Flavia Monteiro. Curated by Steven Y. Wong. 2019 November, 7th-30th.

A Nicca, refers to a core doctrine of Buddhism that is the idea of impermanence, one that articulates that existence is in a constant state of change. The etymology Anicca is a negation of the root word “nicca” meaning stability and continuity. The works of Marcela Gottardo and Flavia Monteiro are less of a negation of permanence but rather explore the Buddhist concept of Anicca through the instability and transformations of materiality and being. Together they interrogate how we see through the subjective lens of our own knowledge and embrace our destined impermanence, beyond the philosophical and existential crisis of nihilism. 

Gottardo employs familiar everyday materials and or themes to create fragmentations of one’s temporal existence and conception of self. These fragments are assembled and treated as unique forms that are in a stasis of decay, yet echo the memory of organic forms and negative space. Gottardo’s work presents material explorations of form, resulting in a survey of art works that evoke an archeological indexing, encouraging a visual unearthing of artifacts. 

Monteiro showcases several bodies of works that include suspended cyanotypes that echo garments drying on a clothesline; and also include organic shapes of everyday objects including the shadows of desert flora. Monteiro examines her adaptation to living in a new desert environment by embracing the desert sun and its shadows in the creation of her cyanotypes. These works refute her arid environment through the deep blues inherent to cyanotypes, the liquid process developing these images, and through blockages of the desert sun’s radiation in exposing the cyanotypes. These cyanotypes are also pared with photographs that reinforce the deserts yearning for water. Monteiro contrasts the cyanotypes and photographs with her warm paintings of grids and structures that suggest a containment of not only color, but the specter of fluids enveloping the void. Monteiro’s practice examines ideas of transformation through the visual entropy of structure, documenting ones environment and the desire to contain.

FriedrichWilhelm Nietzsche was critical of Buddhist concept of Anicca, postulating it in opposition to his idea of “will to power”, where he equated the idea of impermanence with nihilism. Gottardo and Monteiro’s works challenge his accusations of the ascetic practice Buddhism (and Christianity) as a “will to nothingness”, through their affirmative exploration of the ever-changing material and environment. Their works speak to their transition of impermanent lived lives within the Brazilian diaspora. Ultimately this exhibition embraces our world’s reality of impermanence with a goal of acceptance of the instable and unknown. (Steven Y. Wong, USA) 

Steven Y. Wong was born Los Angeles where he currently is the curator at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Previously he was Interim Executive Director and senior staff curator at the Chinese American Museum where he developed and implemented both contemporary art and history exhibitions. Steven has lectured at UC Santa Barbara and was an adjunct professor at Ventura College and Pasadena City College in Asian American Studies, History and Art Studio Departments. Steven holds a Masters in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master in Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Marcela Gottardo was born in Brazil. She lives and works in Pistoia, Italy. Marcela’s artwork utilizes materials and processes to investigate the nature of being and becoming. She received a Master of Fine Arts in 2014, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2012, at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, USA. 

Flavia Monteiro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She lives and works in the Coachella Valley desert in California (USA). She explores altered perceptions by continually reworking her artwork until preconceptions and expectations are broken and a transformation is completed. Flavia has exhibited her work in California at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Palm Springs Art Museum, Vincent Price Museum, The Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles International Airport, and has created public artworks for the cities of Malibu and Glendale. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries in Rio de Janeiro and at the Ibero-American Art Salon at the Mexican Cultural Institute (Washington, DC). Flavia earned an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2013, and BA degrees in Art Education and Social Communication. She completed postgraduate studies in Art Therapy. Before moving to the US in 2003, she worked as an Art Educator and developed art education programs at Colégio Pedro II, the Brazilian Federal model school in Rio.

Marco Cingolani, Projections and Visions, curated by Paola Ballesi. 4 – 26 October 2019

Marco Cingolani is the winner of the first edition of the Pannaggi Award/New Generations, an initiative born from an idea of “Amici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi”, organization that supports young artists and promotes contemporary art in the Marche region.

The Centro Luigi Di Sarro which has collaborated on the project, in line with its forty-year promotion activity of young talents at national and international level, welcomes the solo of the young sculptor from Recanati, entitled Projections and Visions. The event is organized on the occasion of the 15th Contemporary Art Day promoted by AMACI.

Luigi Di Sarro. Theater in the form of photography, curated by Lorenzo Mango. Italian Cultural Institute Belgrade for the 15th Contemporary Art Day Amaci-Maeci. 3-22 October 2019.

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.

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Return. Rome-Berlin The exchange project with Verein Berliner Künstler will exhibit 5 italian artists. Opening 13 September, 6pm.

The project Return Berlin-Rome | Rome-Berlin, born from an idea by Susanne Kessler, promotes the collaboration of Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the VBK-Verein Berliner Künstler and aims to start an exchange between the artistic realities of Italy and Germany, through the dialogue between the two capitals where the proposing associations are located.

Andrea Aquilanti, Angelo Casciello, Veronica Montanino, Pamela Pintus and Sara Spizzichino are the italian artists on show at the VBK-Gallery, from September 13th to October 6th 2019.

The project, carried out in two stages, brought the works of 5 German artists (Birgit Borggrebe, Jürgen Kellig, Susanne Kessler, Nele Probst, Marianne Stoll) to Centro Luigi Sarro in Rome in April 2019.