Il 3 febbraio 2010 l’ambasciatore Elio Menzione inaugura la mostra di Erik Chevalier “L’album di famiglia”
secondo passo del progetto di scambio fra Italia e Sud Africa con la Erdmann Contemporary
Erik Chevalier is an Italian artist with a strong international vocation and projection. Born in Rome, from a French father and a Danish mother, he has lived in Canada, Denmark and Ghana, and has studied Ethnography at Aarhus in Denmark and Photography and Visual Communication at the European Institute of Design in Rome. After a nomadic life, he has settled down and presently lives on the beautiful Island of Sardinia.
Opening by Alessandra Atti Di Sarro
Buonasera. thank you very much for coming.
I’m very happy to be here, because this is a project that I strongly wanted. I and my husband, Claudio, have been in South Africa many times, starting more than ten years ago. We learnt to love this country and his people. That’s why I tryed to do something to give back. Than when I met Heidi Erdmann, the idea of starting a swop project to promote south african art in Italy and italian art in South Africa was – how can I say? – the best way to say thank you for the emotions and the warmfull hospitality that you and your country gaved us. And I must thank the italian consul in cape town Emanuela Curnis, for helping and encouraging Heidi and me to go on in this adventure.
I and my family work in Rome to promote and document the contemporary art reserch with a no-profit cultural association witch is in name of Luigi Di Sarro, my uncle, physician and artist, who tragically died at 37 years old, 30 years ago, in a period of political turmoil. He works a lot, between science and art, and left us a lot of works. So we decided to follow his passion and transform his medical studio in a place where other artists can find a space to show and discuss. Step by step, we followed his traces, and… this is another trip, witch I hope could be a long and emotional way for all.
so today I’m really very proud to introduce you Erik Chevalier.
Opening by Erik Chevalier
I’ve always been fascinated by family albums in general, for what they say but especially for what they don’t say. these pictures were taken in the countries that are important to my personal history but the triks they contain, the missing parts are about what they, as all family albums, don’t say.