ARP 7ED – TALENTS EXCHANGE: WINNERS LIST

Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta from Italy, Viktoria Nianiou and Salvador Gomez from Spain, Zana Masombuka and Grace Mokalapa from South Africa. The Centro Luigi Di Sarro’s international residency programme, realized with the contribution of the MAECI, is aimed at young U30 artists. Cape Town, Granada and Rome are the Talents Exchange stages, between November and December 2019.

The 7th Edition of the ARP-Art Residency Project will start from Cape Town in November. The residency program for young artists under 30 is conceived and promoted by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro, through an innovative formula that involves several countries.

Talents exchange is an artistic adventure of experimentation and intercultural dialogue that will see a group of 6 artists traveling together first to Cape Town, then to Granada and finally to Rome, for almost 2 months.

The program will allow the group of artists, selected through a competition and by a jury of experts, to undertake a training trip between North and South of the world. The course, consisting of 3 periods of residency in South Africa, Spain and Italy, ideally combines the Mediterranean with Sub-Saharan Africa and acts as a bridge of knowledge between Europe and South Africa, a leading country on the continent for cultural and artistic growth. The winners will have the opportunity to carry out a research project and discuss with the group to set up local events on the way and a final exhibition in Rome in December.

The winning projects of ARP 7Edition range in the different fields of the figurative arts and investigate the most contemporary themes, all oriented to the bet of knowledge.

Over 50 contacts and 38 valid applications came to the selection of the jury composed of: Jake Aikman, Satellite, Cape Town; Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Centro Luigi Di Sarro; Khanya Mashabela, Art critic, Cape Town; Marisa Mancilla, Facultad de Bellas Artes UGR, Universidad de Granada; Francesco Ozzola, Suburbia, Granada; Carlotta Sylos Calò, University of Tor Vergata, Rome.

ARP 7th Edition – Talents Exchange is realized with the contribution of MAECI – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Media Aid Onlus, in partnership with Suburbia Granada, Spain, and Satellite Cape Town, South Africa, and with the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO.


ARP-Art Residency Project 7th Edition CLOSED CALL UNDER SELECTION

Enthusiastic and numerically relevant response to the new formula of the ARP residency. Over 50 contacts. The Call is closed and the selection process is going to begin by the jury, to choose the 6 young winners who will participate in the itinerary between Italy, Spain and South Africa.

ARP-Art Residency Project 7th Edition is designed and promoted by Centro di Documentazione della Ricerca Artistica Contemporanea Luigi Di Sarro, Rome, Italy and aimed at young visual artists. 
ARP 7th Edition is realized with a contribution of MAECI – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and of Media Aid Onlus, with the partnership of Suburbia Satellite GranadaSpain, and Cape Town, South Africa, and with the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO.

This call is an opportunity to encourage artistic production by emerging artists in the countries involved, Italy, Spain and South Africa .The call is open to young artists who are under 30 years old on the date of publication of the announcement. The applicants must be interested to share experience and be available to participate in all 3 different periods of residencies from November 2019 to April 2020.

The project offers:

residency in Cape Town South Africa
residency in Granada Spain
residency in Rome Italy
(IMPORTANT: air tickets and accommodation will be provided by the organization, not food and personal expenses. Accommodation will be in multiple rooms.)

The 6 winners (2 artists from Italy, 2 from Spain and 2 from South Africa) will travel together and must be ready to interact with the group and participate to the project activities. The selected artists have to declare their intention to make a research project during the residencies and be ready to show the results as conclusion of each residency period and a final exhibition will be organized at Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome.

The entries will be evaluated by a jury of experts:

  • Jake Aikman, Satellite, Cape Town
  • Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Centro Luigi Di Sarro, Rome
  • Khanya Mashabela, Art critic, Cape Town
  • Marisa Mancilla, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Granada 
  • Francesco Ozzola, Suburbia, Granada
  • Carlotta Sylos Calò, Università degli Studi di Tor Vergata, Roma

The winners will receive an email to the email address with which they registered for the Call and their names will be advertised on the promoter’s websites and social networks.

ARP-Art Residency Project 7th Edition OPEN CALL

ARP-Art Residency Project 7th Edition is designed and promoted by Centro di Documentazione della Ricerca Artistica Contemporanea Luigi Di Sarro, Rome, Italy and aimed at young visual artists.
ARP 7th Edition is realized with a contribution of MAECI – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and of Media Aid Onlus, with the partnership of Suburbia Satellite GranadaSpain, and Cape Town, South Africa, and with the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO.

This call is an opportunity to encourage artistic production by emerging artists in the countries involved, Italy, Spain and South Africa .The call is open to young artists who are under 30 years old on the date of publication of the announcement. The applicants must be interested to share experience and be available to participate in all 3 different periods of residencies from November 2019 to April 2020.

The project offers:

residency in Cape Town South Africa
residency in Granada Spain
residency in Rome Italy
(IMPORTANT: air tickets and accommodation will be provided by the organization, not food and personal expenses. Accommodation will be in multiple rooms.)

The 6 winners (2 artists from Italy, 2 from Spain and 2 from South Africa) will travel together and must be ready to interact with the group and participate to the project activities. The selected artists have to declare their intention to make a research project during the residencies and be ready to show the results as conclusion of each residency period and a final exhibition will be organized at Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome.

The entries will be evaluated by a jury of experts:

  • Jake Aikman, Satellite, Cape Town
  • Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Centro Luigi Di Sarro, Rome
  • Khanya Mashabela, Art critic, Cape Town
  • Marisa Mancilla, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Granada
  • Francesco Ozzola, Suburbia, Granada
  • Carlotta Sylos Calò, Università degli Studi di Tor Vergata, Roma

The applicants shall send their entries including the followings (please EU participants will send also english translation of their materials):

• Motivational letter and research proposal with declaration of acceptance of availability period of participation NOV 2019-April 2020 subject to penalty (in PDF);
• Artist’s portfolio (in PDF);

• Artist’s curriculum vitae (in WORD)
• Copy of valid passport (not expiring during 2020);

Send your entry by email before 10 August 2019, with object ARP 7ED CALL, to: progetti@centroluigidisarro.it

Diversioni. Fabio Mariani, Priscilla Pallante, Rosario Vicidomini, Medina Zabo. Curated by Davide Silvioli. 2019, June 13th – July 3rd

Opening: 13 June, 5 pm

DIVERSIONI, curated by Davide Silvioli is a group show with artworks by Fabio Mariani, Priscilla Pallante, Rosario Vicidomini and Medina Zabo. These are new artworks prepared specifically for this project, in which the four artists, different to each other in terms of training, technique and experience, demonstrate further stylistic possibilities in their way of working, proposing realizations that widen the spectrum of research of everyone.
The project subtends an invitation to conceive today’s artistic research in systemic terms, therefore as something that expands horizontally towards a multiplicity of orientations without hierarchies, instead in linear terms, therefore following unilateral relations of cause and effect less and less appropriate to solve the complex articulation of artistic contemporaneity.

Fabio Mariani (1980) attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome where he graduated in Scenography. In the last few years he has begun to rediscover and experiment, in painting, the ancient Iron Gall ink. He has created sets for theatrical performances. Winner of several awards, he has exhibited in museums and galleries in Italy and abroad. His works are in public and private collections. He lives and works in Rome and Abruzzo.

Priscilla Pallante (1992) made her debut in 2018 with her first solo show at the Curva Pura gallery in Rome. At the basis of the artist’s experimentation there is an obsessive attitude in the search for representation. The photographic medium relates to new digital technologies, sound and 3D printing.

Rosario Vicidomini (1986) is a visual artist. He studied art in Salerno, Bologna and Urbino. From 2014 to 2017 he lived and worked in Hamburg and Berlin. He exhibited his works in museums, galleries and art fairs in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Japan. He currently lives in Rome.

Medina Zabo graduated in Communication studies at the University of Perugia, thereafter a specialization in New Media at IED Rome, studied at Fine Arts Academy Pietro Vannucci, currently attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Winner of the international O.R.A. Prize 2018, finalist at XIII Arte Laguna Prize in the Land Art section, main exhibition in museums and places of historical and cultural interest.

VAA 2019. The winners are Jabu Nadia Newman with “Untitled:Friends” and Niccolò Masini with “White time”. Next screening will take place at cortoLovere Festival in Italy on September 26th.

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).

Niccolò Masini CV http://www.niccolomasini.com

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.

“White Time” still

“White Time”

“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 Nadia Newman CV https://jabunew.tumblr.com/

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”.

Jabu Nadia Newman

“UNTILED: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)

“Untitled:Friends” still
VAA Screening Programme

Francesca Floris – The World of Las – curated by Flavio De Bernardinis – 2019 May 11th / June 8th – Opening May 11th from 6:00 pm to 20:30 pm

Is the lens of the camera a window, or a mirror? And the mirror, in any case, can it also be a camera? And finally, what is seen, in both cases, is shown, or reflected? The photographic installations of Francesca Floris are inscribed within this conceptual field, which, in the electronic age, or rather the season of indistinct multiplication of images without support, constitutes the heart of the contemporary social and anthropological scene.

Combined with the reflection motif, the theme of the body. Perceivable as an eternally delayed presence in the game of refractions, the body is confirmed as a strong and inescapable presence.

The art of Francesca Floris thus poses the cardinal problem: in the labyrinth of reflections, is the image a support of the body, or does the body, with its tender and merciless availability, constitute, here and now, the support of the image?

It is up to the viewer to formulate a hypothesis, if not decisive, at least participatory, of a figurative and sensorial project, which touches, in depth and on the surface, the key theme of contemporary culture, a social and also a political theme, that is the fragile question, full-bodied and reflected, though still unresolved, of identity. (Flavio De Bernardinis)

The World of Las was born from the desire to describe a platonic love. The story is about a woman who is projected into the fantasies of the person who loves her. These imaginary places are the only place where she enjoys the love of which she is the object. To represent this situation, I chose to really project the protagonist of this project into the scenarios that represent the imagination of the narrator. The idea was, from the beginning, to “host” the woman in these fantasies, which in the photographs appear as concrete and tangible places, while she appears as a projection, an apparition, something distant and ghostly. The viewer then moves into the mind of the person who loves. (Francesca Floris)

The exhibition is structured in four parts. The first stage of the exhibition is composed of 10 illustrations (one for each chapter of the story), in 40 x 60 cm format, accompanied by a brief quote from the chapter of the story that each represents.

The illustrations are followed by an exhibition of 10 photographs, in 60 x 90 cm format.

The third stage of the journey consists of a limited space, where a backstage video is shown that shows the functioning of the mechanism and the process of making the photographs.

Finally, visitors access a specially lit space, inside which the mechanism with which the photographs were taken is exposed and where they, after learning how it works, can look at each other and photograph themselves inside an interactive environment recreated to show its function and to allow guests to immerse themselves, some in the eyes of the narrator, some in the shoes of the photographed woman.

Francesca Floris was born in Oristano on April 6th 1992. She received her classical high school diploma in 2011, in Sassari. She graduated from Brunel University in London in 2014. In England she joined the art collective Ad Libitum Films, with which she made numerous short films, a web series and her first feature film, the documentary Isole. She moved to the United States in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree. She started working as a photographer at the end of 2015. Since then she has presented two personal exhibitions (Olympus 50 and Il palco bianco) and taken part in two group exhibitions. She attended the Producing course at the “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” in Rome in the 2016-2018 three-year period. At the moment she is graduating in Anthropology at the University of Siena.

The World of Las is her second project of staged photography. The first one was Il palco bianco (2017).

RETURN Berlin/Rome 2019 April 4th – May 4th. Exchange project with VEREIN BERLINER KÜNSTLER under patronage of Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Berlin. Opening 4.4.2019, 6-8pm

The project RETURN Berlin-Rome | Rome-Berlin, born from an idea by Susanne Kessler, is curated by the Centro Di Sarro in collaboration with the Verein Berliner Künstler, and under the patronage of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Berlin, with the intention of starting an exchange between the artistic realities of Italy and Germany through the dialogue between the two cities where the proposing associations are based. The project involves two parts: RETURN Berlin-Rome will exhibit the works of 5 German artists (Birgit Borggrebe, Jürgen Kellig, Susanne Kessler, Nele Probst, Marianne Stoll) and the works at the Centro Di Sarro, from 4 April to 4 May 2019 subsequently RETURN Rome-Berlin will see the exhibition of the works of 5 Italian artists (Andrea Aquilanti, Angelo Casciello, Veronica Montanino, Pamela Pintus, Sara Spizzichino) at the Galerie VBK-Verein Berliner Künstler, from 13 September to 6 October 2019.

Birgit Borggrebe.Born in Arnsberg, lives and works in Berlin.
“The harsh and abstract character of our cities, the globalization of the modern world, are in contrast with what remains of Nature: here a tree, a herd of goats there, yet even the clouds themselves shine with suspicious colors. Borggrebe’s images are kaleidoscopes, poetic encounters with a nightmarish reality that could soon cover a large part of our planet. An aesthetic protest spreads from the paintings: that our world is not as it should be. Although it seems strange, the futuristic and apocalyptic landscapes depicted in his paintings are permeated by something that could be described as a “nostalgia for Paradise”. (Kai Michel, Zurich)

Jürgen Kellig. Born in Berlin where he lives and works.
My drawings deal with rhythm and structure, in particular with the interaction between chaos and order, with the similarities between micro and macrocosm. Although reworked in a concrete way, these works can recall organic networks, as well as technological networks. (Jürgen Kellig)
Jürgen Kellig draws freehand. The accuracy of its graphic elements does not follow a program, a pre-established scheme. It simulates the certainty of geometric laws, as in a free zone between micrological proximity and macrological distance: a subject already addressed by the author in previous works. Consequently, the titles of his drawings suggest conceptual clarity: “notation”, “score”, “interconnection”, “civilization”. They transform images into conceptual associations. Images that are the result of associative processes related to a graphic self-referentiality, fixing point as point, line as line and plan as plan or their arbitrary succession. (Wolfgang Siano, from the text in the catalog “Implacable, between line and line and beyond”)

Susanne Kessler. Born in Wuppertal in 1955, she lives and works in Berlin and Rome.
She studied painting and graphics in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste (UDK) and in London at the Royal College of Art (RCA). She prefers large installations, both indoors and outdoors. She has taught at California State University (CSU) and at the City University of New York (CUNY). Business trips have taken her to Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mali, Pakistan, India and Iran. All these places have left traces in her work. Her installations, sometimes ephemeral, are published in numerous catalogs and books.
The former director of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Raimund Stecker describes the artist’s method as follows: “Susanne Kessler constantly plays with separation and contact, closeness and distance, reality and illusion. The tangible is sometimes lost in the incomprehensible and the inconceivable becomes tangible, the chaotic becomes cosmic, the messy sometimes rational, and the certainties seem confused “.

Nele Probst. Since 1995 he lives and works in Berlin.
From 1989 to 1993 he studied Visual Communication, Fachhochschule für Gestaltung, Mannheim with Prof. Günter Slabon, Prof. Wolf Magin, Prof. Roland Fürst, Prof. Eckhard Neumann. From 1993 to 1995 he lived and worked in Hamburg.
In the works of Nele Probst, both in painting and in sculpture and installations, the additive process, understood as collection and thickening, plays an important role. The narrative moment and its associations are reflected both in the content and in the structure of his works. Color and material are in the foreground. His playful, experimental and sensitive relationship with materials and composition creates a sense of lightness and joy that characterizes his work and involves the viewer.

Marianne Stoll. Born in Darmstadt, lives and works in Berlin.
She studied art history with Prof. Uwe M. Schneede, Ludwig Maximilian Universität of Munich.
Through sculptures and drawings (…) Marianne Stoll explores in a playful but always serious, lucid and surprising way the many facets of living, of the house, of the origins – and of the constant threat of loss of a dwelling, of a shelter. In her compositions, Marianne recalls the question of how one should inhabit the World-Home, how to settle into this dwelling, which has not been handed over to humanity on a turnkey basis. With daring changes of perspective, the small and the large, the solid and the fragile, the dangerous and the harmless come together in the act of drawing (…) the graphic forms satisfy and nourish each other, in a strange analogy with creating a habitat for humans. (Dorothée Bauerle-Willert, from the text in the catalog “Dream Houses”)

Thanks to Giorgio Benni for photographs of the exhibition in slideshow.

Meteoriti a Roma – Giorgio Russi – curated by Antonello Rubini – Opening March 9th at 6.00 pm.

“I think it is not difficult to immediately realize that the most relevant key to reading for the intelligence of Giorgio Russi’s painting regards the dream-like dimension”. So the great Enrico Crispolti – who worked closely with Russi, at least for all the eighties, considering him then one of the most significant figures emerging in the Italian artistic landscape – opened the part dedicated to him in his text in the catalog of shows Casciello, Gadaleta, Russi. A current triangulation, held at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea of ​​Arezzo in 1986. A statement, therefore, of more than thirty years ago, but which besides well framing the imaginative area of ​​making of Russians of that period, the best known (among the most iconic celestial landscapes dominated by the presence of strongly disquieting birds, first, and more essential scenarios, now more less vaguely landscaped inhabited by mysterious “flames”, then), is perfectly fitting also to the current work of the artist , which constitutes the present exhibition. And it is the sign not only of a coherence, of a continuity (even if his art has made its way since then), but of the existence of a certain field to which Russi necessarily continues to respond, thus feeling almost always intimately as own. (…) Antonello Rubini

On show 20-25 recent works by Giorgio Russi including paintings and sculptures.

Giorgio Russi was born in Turin on December 29, 1946, he lives and works in Treviso. After the Diploma of Art Master and Applied Arts Maturity he obtained the Diploma of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome under the guidance of Pericle Fazzini. From 1971 to 1988 he was a lecturer in Sculpture at the State Art High School of Teramo. Since the early eighties he has carried out an intense and significant artistic activity by participating in numerous national and international exhibitions. Winner of the National Competition, from 1988 to 2011 he was Dean of the Liceo Artistico Statale di Treviso.

VAA-Video Art Awards II Edition Italy-South Africa. CALL CLOSED

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.