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.
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.
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).
“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.
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).
In the fortieth anniversary of the death of Luigi Di Sarro, the exhibition organized by the MLAC with Centro Di Sarro offers a glimpse of the production of Luigi Di Sarro between the 1960s and the 1970s, highlighting the transversal nature of his approach to techniques and materials and his characteristic conception of the “sign” as a generative element of shapes and spaces, without a real caesura between abstraction and figuration, evident both in graphic and pictorial work, and in photography and sculpture.
Di Sarro, avid experimenter in his artistic activity, has practiced drawing, painting, engraving, sculpture, photography and performance, focusing in particular on themes related to the body, movement, light and abstraction capacity of the sign and the geometric figures. Di Sarro died only thirty-seven years old, killed for a fatal misunderstanding in the tense climate of the years of lead in Rome, on February 24, 1979; he left a vast artistic production (paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, graphics, projects, notes, aphorisms). Works by Luigi Di Sarro are in several Italian and foreign public collections (including GNAM, MACRO, Palazzo Braschi and the National Institute for Graphic Design in Rome, Pompidou Center in Paris).</p>
Active since 1987, the Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea-MLAC, directed by Prof. Claudio Zambianchi, has been proposed since the beginning as a meeting place between the university and the contemporary cultural world, distinguishing itself for its vocation to research and training. Among the initiatives that have animated the program for thirty years, there are exhibitions, conferences, round tables, book presentations, festivals, video reviews and musical proposals, which aim at first hand to put in contact the most lively artistic and cultural realities of the moment with the students and scholars of the University, often coming to involve them actively. In the same way, the will to open up to the city is strong, involving all citizens through the proposal of a very varied program.
Exhibitions and events promoted and organized by the MLAC take place in the spaces set aside in 1985 by the La Sapienza University of Rome, at the Rettorato Building, in the heart of the University City.
On the occasion of organizing and carrying out the exhibition the MLAC offers a possibility of internship to students who have an interest in deepening in the field the craft of the historian and art critic in all facets. The internship foresees, in fact, an active commitment both during the preparation stage, with the possibility of working in close contact with the curators, and during the opening period of the exhibition, managing the guided tours, the reception of visitors and, last but not least , all the work related to the promotion of the exhibition, learning to manage the various online communication channels, from the blog to the main social networks.
The celebrations on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of Luigi Di Sarro go on with a series of events in Italy and abroad and the aim of spreading and deepening a multifaceted artistic production that is still considered highly topical today.
The tribute to Luigi Di Sarro, an artist active in the Sixties and Seventies – a period that is now being brought to the attention of the critics for the innovative pushes into contemporary art – wants to highlight his strong experimental vocation. An attitude and a need on the part of the artist who proceeded experimenting in all the fields and in all the expressive techniques with which he worked (besides photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and graphics). Italo Zannier writes in an essay on Di Sarro’s photographic research: […] but what is experimentation if not the result initiated by an idea? They are also the imprecise ‘photodynamics’ of Bragaglia as the ‘strobophotographies’, the ‘luminographies’, the ‘chronophotographies’, the “corporal” sequences of Luigi Di Sarro. These images are first of all results, not “trials”, as the “experiments” would be like. Experimentation is in fact implicit in doing and we do not know where it leads and when it will complete, if it will end; and woe, however, if we were to conclude, because every phase of it is already a result. […] Luigi Di Sarro – photographer, has realized his visual rite with an extraordinary expressive happiness, even lucid and dense but of irony, dramatic also, disturbing […]. (in I. Zannier, Luigi Di Sarro) Discovering Photography, 2001.)
In addition to the material kept in the Historical Archive dedicated to the artist, two substantial collections of photographic works are kept at the National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Institute for Graphics in Rome. Moreover, in 2009, some of the artist’s photographic works were acquired in the collection, and consequently also exhibited, in Paris by the Pompidou Center. The acquisition was curated by Quentin Bajac.
The ongoing archiving of the amount of work that the artist has left allows today to deepen and connect many issues, in the immediate not obvious. Numerous so far are the scholars who wrote about Di Sarro, who have studied a large part of his production, and many more are still under study. The occasion of the anniversary is to be a new and prolific opportunity to analyze a work that is increasingly revealed as a broad theorem argued in many directions, as if it were an encyclopedic atlas.
The exhibition SEGNI disegni e fotografie di Luigi Di Sarro curated by Carlotta Sylos Calò for the spaces of the Italian Institute of Culture in Warsaw and Krakow, in Poland, is one of the many possible research about the links that Di Sarro studied and experimented. In the premises of IIC Warsaw are exposed some series of experimental photographs, a group of drawings and some etchings produced at the turn of the ’60s and’ 70s.
Di Sarro’s research, writes the curator in the catalog published by the italian Institute of Culture: “became radicalized in terms of his experimental approach – dictated in part by his dual profession, given that Di Sarro is not only an artist but also a physician – and matured in terms of his irreverent use of materials (netting, bitumen, iron rods, brushes, pencils, photography) that could bring out particular evocations in the forms he created. In this context, the sign in particular took on an extraordinary power to generate forms and spaces, still (but now more consciously) without any real caesura between abstraction and figuration, thanks to the enduringly transversal nature of his approach to techniques”.
Following the show and opening at IIC CRACOVIA (July 6th-September 6th 2018) pictures.
Following the Opening at IIC Warsaw (30 May-28 June 2018) pictures.
The award ceremony took place a few hours ago in a busy, crowded and happy Italian Art Day at the Tsoga Centre in Philippi, Cape Town.
The event is organized by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the contribution of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria and the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO and will offer the participants the opportunity to discover the vibrant artistic scene of the township in a succession of video projections inside the community centre in Samora Machel, managed by the youth of Ubuntubethu.
On the four screens the 10 short films, selected by the jury, will run: and during the Art Day the winner of the Italian section was presented: Luca Coclite, the italian filmmaker who got the South Africa trip award and landed in Cape Town to take part in the award ceremony. Also on show are the finalists of the South African section whose winner Kamyar Bineshtarig will get the award trip to Italy to participate in September at the International Short Film Festival CortoLovere on Lake Iseo, during which the finalist 10 videos will be shown again.
Luca Coclite, winner for the Italian category, comes from Gagliano del Capo, near Lecce. His artwork, Solitary Gardens, is inspired by the work of Elaine Summers, Fantastic Gardens (1964). The video is split into three different parts, moving from ‘giardino’ (garden), a metaphor of someone who is seeking happiness and perfection, and taking us through a great variety of well-known places in New York city representing an individualistic and solitary picture of human condition. The movie is made up of ‘Human Botanical Garden’, ‘One day everything you see will be invisible’ and ‘Anti-Souvenir’, portraying an unstable reality flowing from an earthly paradise to an illusion. Here, the solitude from the Winter Garden Atrium, the artificiality from the Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the dioramas from scientific museums and, lastly, the deterioration of forgotten objects at the Dead Horse Bay lead us, in Rilke’s terminology, ‘from the visible world towards something timeless, inward and invisible’.
Kamyar Bineshtarigh, winner of the South African category, is a student at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town. Seeing homeless people using newspaper posters to sleep on in the streets of Cape Town, Bineshtarigh found the inspiring motive to create his short film, Shelter. He found it ironic that posters depicting the government’s promises for a sustainable living for the poor, were, in fact, used by the poor for a more comfortable sleep in the streets. Chuma, the actress in the film, is a fellow student at Ruth Prowse; she was a homeless artist that started drawing by burning pieces of wood turning them into charcoal and drawing portraits of other homeless people around her. She also assisted in developing the concept so that it is closest to the reality of a homeless person in the streets of Cape Town, and introduced Bineshtarigh to other homeless artists, including the trumpet players in the film.
The screening of all finalists will take place again in Italy during the CortoLovere festival (24-29 September 2018).
8’20” – On Time Travelling, by Ilaria Biotti
SOLITARY GARDENS, by Luca Coclite
MIGRATION, by Gilda Li Rosi
MANI NOSTRE/Talking Hands, by Caterina Pecchioli
ENTRA IN QUESTA FERITA ° il dolore da bruciare è la porta da spalancare, by Michela Tobiolo
South African Section:
NOBODY WANA SEE US TOGETHER, by Nonkululeko Chabalala
With FINITE / INFINITE, Elena Giustozzi and Caterina Silva show the work done during the ARP-Art Residency Project in South Africa. An exhibition that offers itself as a journey on many levels, not the simple notion of travel, but the will to observe from and with different points of view.
The slow walks in the nature of Elena Giustozzi are revealed in comparison with the gaze from the top offered by Boomslang, the suspended walkway of Kirstenbosh Gardens, but also in a sketchbook of digital sounds collected in various corners of Cape Town. Works done in Italy, in the Marche region where the artist lives, mix with the paintings painted in Cape Town. A work wich is slow, meticulous, meditative, intimate and grandiose at the same time.
The vicissitudes of the soul of Caterina Silva, her continuous queries on the meaning of reality, and the language she would like to express it, are certainly in her large canvases, colored and wrinkled, but also in comparison with what the soul carries with its past far or near. And so, thanks to the meeting with the students of the Ruth Prowse School of Art the performance ticticfhsfhscoldcoldrainrain has come to life, and that continues a similar research just carried out by the artist in Norway.
The Experimental self-portraits by Luigi Di Sarro on show at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in New York. The multiple show curated by Marco Delogu will open on March 28.
This exhibition chronicles fifty years of Italian history showcasing a series of portraits, by 25 photographers, in which stories, identities and heritage are narrated by the looks of the subjects, eyes staring directly at the camera, at the authors of the shots and, ultimately, at all of us. Curated by M. Delogu.
Italy is a country rich in history whose borders have been rather fluid throughout time. A melting pot of identities, the DNA of its inhabitants is most varied (with a diversity up to thirty times greater than the European average).
This wealth is reflected and it is recognizable in the features of the Italians.
The exhibit begins with a group portrait taken at Portella della Ginestra by Fausto Giaccone twenty years after the horrible massacre, followed by Gianni Berengo Gardin’s pacifist nudes, Gastone Novelli’s portrait of Ugo Mulas (two great protagonists of the ’68), demonstrations and factories by Francesco Radino, the work on Bagheria by Ferdinando Scianna, Tano D’Amico’s work in ’77 (a very Italian experience, stemming from the ’68).
Then a photo by Emilio Tremolada (engaged alongside Franco Basaglia in the battle for the abolition of the asylums), the work of Lisetta Carmi on “transvestites “, and self-portraits by Luigi di Sarro.
In the eighties the tone becomes more intimate with photos of the “Australian from Tuscany” Stephen Roach, belonging to the famous series dedicated to his wife Fabrizia, and the portraits of the neighbors of George Tatge, in Umbria.
From the nineties the photographic portrait becomes more and more a collaboration of two: the photographer and his subject work together for the final image using symbols, backgrounds and landscapes. It is the case of Guido Guidi’s portraits, and the photos of cardinals, peasants and Romani people by Marco Delogu, where the main focus is on the gaze of the person, while the environment is just a background.
Moira Ricci is even part of her mother’s photographs, is at her side, producing very moving images. Nature is present in the portraits of Sabrina Ragucci and Alessandro Imbriaco; Jacopo Benassi increasingly eliminates every background until he gets to the white, while Antonio Biasiucci chooses the classic black for characters that come out of the shadows. The exstensive overview ends with two portraits by Paolo Ventura, where the photographic technique is blended with ancient pictorial practices.
On view until May 2nd 2018 Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm
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