Works that give space to a vision of the world that reconstructs the ancient powerful link between the microcosm and the macrocosm, between man and nature, art and science. Metamorphosis is the title of the exhibition of Paola Tassetti‘s works, curated by Loretta Fabrizi, that offers an artistic journey that arises from an innate fascination and an in-depth study of the theme of metamorphosis, that change in reality given by the inexorable passing of time which was also one of the reasons most intriguing and investigated literary, artistic and philosophical in every historical period. In her search for a new reality in movement, the recovery of the past, a treasure of ancient knowledge, myths and rituals that allow the artist to travel the roads of the future with more awareness. The artist therefore takes her cue from the pioneering medical studies of Andrea Vesàlio, from her extraordinary anatomical tables, created in Venice by the artists of the school of Tiziano Vecellio. Thus were born her Psychogeographies, anatomical tables and composite installations of fragments and finds that tell cross-sections of flowery metamorphoses both on the canvases and in the sculptures.
Centro Luigi di Sarro, in collaboration with CeSMa (Centro Studi Marche) and in line with its more than forty years of promotion of young talents at national and international level, welcomes again the Pannaggi Award / New Generation 2022 V edition, an initiative of the organization “Amici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi” of Macerata, in support of young artists and for the promotion of contemporary art.
The Jury composed by Paola Ballesi, Katiuscia Cassetta, Nikla Cingolani, Loretta Fabrizi, Paolo Gobbi, Marina Mentoni, Mauro Mazziero, Giuliana Pascucci, Massimo Vitangeli, awarded the prize to the young artist from Civitanova Paola Tassetti, with the following motivation: “a multidisciplinary artist with many interests who makes his art a lifestyle in the incessant search for the sources of knowledge and doing, which find the highest cultural expression in the skilful manipulation of matter and forms”.
Paola Tassetti (Civitanova Marche Alta, 1984) studied art, graduated in architecture and later specialized in the research of the Italian landscape. She continues her artistic training in Kyoto at the Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates studio and in London at the Uncommon Studio Creative.
Her multidisciplinary activity experiences the borderlands between different sciences: biology, botany, taxonomy, anatomy, archeology, anthropology, sociology, psychology and architecture.
She reconciles her interest in landscape with research on human anatomy with which she feeds her creative expression made up of diaries, drawings, site specific installations, surreal paintings, digital collages, digital art, material painting, screen printing, taxonomic collections, serial installations and performances where the body becomes a vehicle for experimentation and a ground for exchange between interiority and reality.
Four women with different life stories, four artists with various and stratified cultural roots, a choral work that joins the personal and interdisciplinary research of each, thus identifying a common path, in themes, poetics and in the dialogue of practices. A project that ranges between different materials and mediums, but which gives us a unitary thought on the contemporary.
CROSSING BORDERS is a creative dialogue between Karmen Corak (Slovenia), Fariba Karimi (Iran), Gianna Parisse (Italy) and Claudia Hyunsook Son (South Korea), which culminates in a large wall made up of 273 works, assembled by the four artists according to a of visual assonances.
Gianna Parisse writes on behalf of the group: “The project stems from the desire to work together, to formulate a collective project by four female artists of different nationalities, at a time when separations, walls, wars and violence annihilate the our daily life and everything seems to fall into the abyss.
This common work, in the feminine, is expressed with a collective artifact that is made up of small works on paper, an emotional manifesto of combinations and synergies and in the presentation of single works that in a dimension closer to reality, align with the need to defend what is most fragile. Starting from the links between the dominion over nature and its exploitation and the oppression of the fragile and of women with their submission”.
The project is carried out under the patronage of the Slovenian Embassy in Rome and the Korean Culture Center.
Murska Sobota, Slovenia, is an Italian artist living between Venice, Rome and Marseille. She studied Graphic Arts in Croatia and Paper Conservation in Italy, Japan and Austria. Photography became very soon her expressive medium, she attended workshops with Rinko Kawauchi and Hans-Christian Schink. She was invited to group and solo exhibitions in Croatia, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary and the USA, receiving international awards in Fine Art Photography in Paris, Malaga and Berlin. Her works are in public collections in Italy, Slovenia and Japan. She developed contemporary art exhibition projects for public and private institutions. Her photography records the constant flow of things and gives them another order of existence. The particular choice of the paper support elevates its aesthetic qualities and its ability to evoke an exile from reality and dislocate it in other sphere of perception.
Rome Italy. Architect, artist with PhD in Architectural Design. She founded the Roman section of Studio Archea, conceiving architectural research from theoretical and design point of view as a relationship between art and architecture. More recently she graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in Painting, with a specialization in Technology of paper materials. She participates to exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Reflections on the terrestrial and celestial landscape, on the cartographies, on the perceptive and physical phenomena in which we are immersed, are accompanied by transformations, dissolutions, disappearances of things and nature, or rather circular thoughts between life and death, time and memory. The medium could be different from time to time, from paper and self-produced natural colors, digitally processed images, photography, to shooting with a scanner. Although the paper support, a living, sensitive, impressionable material, is always present.
Tabriz, Iran. Since 2009 she lives and works in Rome. She was trained at the High School of Art in Tehran and graduated in Painting at the University of Art in Tehran, in 2006. Later in 2014 she graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Since 2003 she has participated to numerous group and solo exhibitions and various artistic events in Iran, Italy and abroad. Her abstract painting comes from the depths, from a mysterious and hidden world, whose contents she draws on through the mediation of the sign. Fast and incisive. A poetic tale derives from it, a lyrical language that takes shape in new forms and new writings. More recently, the incisive graphic and pictorial signs furrow the photographic images of fragments of her body, as if to recall the cancellations that are inflicted daily on Iranian rights and women.
Claudia Hyunsook Son
Graduated in the Pedagogy of Art in Seoul, she went on to complete a specialization in Art Education and degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, as well as a masters in the Cultural patrimony of the Church at the Pontifical Gregorian University. She has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States of America. She lives and works in Rome and Seoul. Her art creates images in the space where the cultures of the East and West meet. As she works, she experiments with different technique sand methods to add to the physical images the motives that are her inner inspiration. Her images renew them-selves through time, transparency and emptiness, so that through movement the journey of consciousness become endless.
Vernissage 11 Marzo 2023 ore 18,00. La mostra è organizzata dal Centro Di Sarro con Grenze Arsenali Fotografici (Verona) e Officine Fotografiche (Roma).
Samantha Marenzi, professor at the DAMS of the Roma 3 University, specializes in analogue photography and manual printing techniques. Corpus is a project in three stages of transition, three alchemical stages, three linguistic and material nuclei that tell the relationship between image and Butō, photography and dance, visual arts and performing arts. “I have always used only analogue photography, and with projects linked to presence and corporeity I began my experimentation with ancient printing techniques. A slow and long process of image creation, organic to the times and silences of the work on the body, a corpus”. In a never documentary relationship between scene and photography, the image is part of the creative process as a diagnosis and scan of movement, as a linguistic translation, as a rhythmic score “in” and “on” the black. The images develop the Butō of the Lios group, of La Maison du Butoh Blanc, but also what Marenzi experienced in Japan following Akira Kasai, a dancer who participated in the foundation of Butō and who then crossed the cultures and practices of ‘East and West. Fragments of projects exhibited in numerous Italian events and foyers find themselves in dialogue at the Centro Luigi Di Sarro together with unpublished works specially printed for Corpus. Also on display is the artist’s latest work with the performer Alessandra Cristiani, a trilogy of three projects for as many shows and exhibitions: one dedicated to Schiele and made in cyanotype, one to Bacon and made in Polaroid, the last to Rodin in silver salt emulsion on paper and stone. “The images constitute both the sources and the destinations of the three performances. Each solo is linked to a photographic project which investigates the variations of its corporeity stimulated by the work of the three chosen artists and experiments with the contaminations between different techniques. In all three stages we worked in collaboration with Alberto Canu, who uses digital and usually shoots the shows, in rehearsal or live”.
How to tell two distant places after having had an intense experience of them? What shapes can they take? What in them can be considered full? What, instead, empty? And how these entities so different can dialogue?
These are some of the questions that revolve around The folds of the void, the exhibition by Giulia Fumagalli (Carate Brianza – MI, 1990) with Aran Ndimurwanko (Trento, 1991) which take place at the Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome, from 19 November to 23 December 2022. Critical text by Alice Evangelisti.
It is a heterogeneous selection of works resulting from the double residency that the two artists experienced during the spring 2022, first in Chile and then in Panama. The result is thus their personal and artistic vision of these two places, geographically close, but completely at the antipodes. On the one hand, the Chilean landscape, visually open due to the immense desert expanse, which, although empty, is capable of triggering continuous connections. On the other hand, the Panamanian one, visually closed due to the presence of the impenetrable jungle, which fills the eyes and the mind, overpopulating them with images.
Two completely opposite experiences, which mutually activate sensations of fullness and of emptiness, opposing them but at the same time making them also become the consequence of the other. Thus, focusing on the extrinsic and intrinsic characteristics of these two places, Fumagalli and Ndimurwanko give their interpretation. If Fumagalli investigates two natural elements water and air – which materialize in light and poetic installations able to evoke their presence, Ndimurwanko shapes the earth, giving life to works full of daily rituals.
The exhibition is part of the project CL/PA – the travel by Giulia Fumagalli, created thanks to the support of the Italian Council (X edition, 2021), a program for the international promotion of Italian art of the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.
An artwork that declines the contemporary and to take with you in a hand luggage. This is the bet for 5 winning artists and one curator of the ARP PACK AND GO competition. The residency program of the Centro Luigi Di Sarro is aimed at young people under 30 and is carried out with the contribution of Youth Exchanges from MAECI and other partners. A traveling workshop between Rome, Valona and Amsterdam to discuss and investigate the notion of contemporary.
What does contemporary art mean and, above all, how and how much can the definition of contemporary be adapted to the continuous change of time and history?
The last few years have confronted us with the need to reflect on the Hic et Nunc, suddenly erasing that sense of stability that was associated with the idea of the contemporary era, our contemporary, peaceful and progressive era.
In short, is history perhaps putting us in front of a new era? So will the future be the new contemporary? And how will art be able to respond to these mutations?
These are the issues on which the ARP program intends to dialogue. It will start in Vlore in Albania where the Consulate General of Italy will host the first meeting of the winners of the Art Residency Project for a Meet up that will take place on October 14, on the occasion of the 18th Amaci-Maeci Contemporary Day. Artan Shabani, art historian, one of the founders of the Albanian Gallery of Art, will meet the curator Veronica Budini and the artists Mpumelelo Buthelezi, Florinda Ciucio, Amelia Kuhlmann, Svenia Jarisch and Giampaolo Parrilla, accompanied by Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, vice president of the Centro Luigi Di Sarro. On show the works selected for PACK AND GO that will come out of the luggage for the first time to ignite the debate.
The group will then return to Italy, to Rome, where the workshop will take place at the Luigi Di Sarro Center: 10 intense days of meetings, lessons, workshops and visits to museums and archaeological sites to continue to search for that connection that binds the ancient to the modern, the past to the future and thus to place one’s own contemporaneity in a broader reflection. To conclude the residency, the works of PACK AND GO, focused by the dialogue during the workshop, will return to the exhibition to question the public. The appointment with this second Meet up is for 25 October at the Centro Di Sarro Center, in Rome.
The conclusion will be held in Amsterdam, where the group will be hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute, to explore the city, its museums and its history. The Meet up with the public and the Dutch art scene will take place on 29 October.
ARP is an artistic residency program, conceived and implemented by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro, with the contribution of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other partners. For its 8th edition, it has promoted the PACK AND GO formula, that is the bet to conceive and create an artwork that represents the idea of contemporary and that can be carried in a hand luggage to allow maximum mobility. The Consulate General of Italy in Vlore, the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam, Mediaaid Onlus and Rainbow Media NPO participate in supporting this 8° edition.
The jury of the ARP PACK AND GO competition, which selected the 6 young people from European, Balkan and Southern African countries, was composed of Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Simone Ciglia University of Oregon USA and Carlotta Sylos Calo ‘University of Rome Tor Vergata.
On display the works of Elena Giustozzi , Serena Vallese and Michele Carbonari , winners of the 2021, 2020 and 2019 editions respectively. Opening May 27th at 6pm .
The Centro, in collaboration with CeSMa (Centro Studi Marche) and in line with its forty-year promotion of young talents at national and international level, welcomes in its exhibition spaces the winners of the last three editions (2019 – 2021) of the Pannaggi / New Generation Award, an initiative of the “Amici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi” organization from Macerata in support of young artists for the promotion of art contemporary in the Marche and in Italy. & nbsp;
The exhibition offers itself as a privileged observatory on contemporary art through the works of three young talents. A three-part exhibition, therefore, which in comparison by work explores the languages of the visual, unravels their different expressive modes, absolutely original in their being modulated on creative scores that each connects to their own existential rhythms. Concretions in forms and images of visions that mark the relationship that is always problematic and always to be built with reality, which however, precisely in its persevering escape from grasp, constantly feeds the horizon of the imagination with new energy. & Nbsp;
Elena Giustozzi (Pannaggi Award 2021) – born in Civitanova Marche (MC) in 1983, lives in Senigallia (AN) – through INSIDE proposes the liquid vision of a microcosm imprisoned in a few centimeters of water that the high quality of the painting and the optical device allow you to live in the fluid and silent depth of a “garden in motion and without end” like cosmic life. < / p>
Serena Vallese (Premio Pannaggi 2020) – born in Giulianova (TE) in 1981, lives and works in Montone (TE) – presents FOGLIA-ME , a cultured and meditated that explores the theme of the fragility of the living made with equally fragile materials such as paper, plaster, poor, cellulose pulp and modulated on the pervasive and absorbent white “dazzling waiting”.
Michele Carbonari (Premio Pannaggi 2019) – born in Recanati in 1980, lives and works in Macerata – with THE LAST IMAGE he develops a figurativeness that speaks of things of everyday life sublimated by the light of painting, capable of giving dignity of singular existence even to the most anonymous and silent objects, revealing “epiphanies of the invisible”.
le opere di Elena Giustozzi, Serena Vallese e Michele Carbonari, vincitori rispettivamente delle edizioni 2021, 2020 e 2019. Opening 27 maggio alle 18.
Il Centro Luigi Di Sarro, in collaborazione con il CeSMa (Centro Studi Marche) e in linea con la sua quarantennale attività di promozione di giovani talenti a livello nazionale e internazionale, accoglie nei suoi spazi espositivi i vincitori delle ultime tre edizioni (2019 – 2021) del Premio Pannaggi/Nuova Generazione, un’iniziativa dell’associazione “Amici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi” di Macerata a sostegno dei giovani artisti per la promozione dell’arte contemporanea nelle Marche e in Italia.
La mostra si offre come un osservatorio privilegiato sull’arte contemporanea attraverso le opere di tre giovani talenti. Un’esposizione dunque a tre voci che nel confronto per opera scandaglia i linguaggi del visivo, ne squaderna le diverse modalità espressive, assolutamente originali nel loro essere modulate su spartiti creativi che ciascuno raccorda ai propri ritmi esistenziali. Concrezioni in forme e immagini di visioni che scandiscono il rapporto sempre problematico e sempre da costruire con il reale, che tuttavia, proprio nel suo perseverante sfuggire alla presa, alimenta costantemente di nuova energia l’orizzonte dell’immaginario.
Elena Giustozzi (Premio Pannaggi 2021) – nata a Civitanova Marche (MC) nel 1983, vive a Senigallia (AN) – attraverso INSIDE propone la visione liquida di un microcosmo imprigionato in pochi centimetri d’acqua che l’alta qualità della pittura e il dispositivo ottico consentono di abitare nella profondità fluida e silenziosa di un “giardino in movimento e senza fine” come la vita cosmica.
Serena Vallese (Premio Pannaggi 2020) – nata a Giulianova (TE) nel 1981, vive e lavora a Montone (TE) -presentaFOGLIA-ME, un lavoro colto e meditato che sonda il tema della fragilità del vivente realizzato con materiali altrettanto fragili come carta, gesso, povere, pasta di cellulosa e modulato sul bianco pervasivo e assorbente “abbagliante d’attesa”.
Michele Carbonari (Premio Pannaggi 2019) – nato a Recanati nel 1980, vive e lavora a Macerata -conTHE LAST IMAGE mette a punto una figuratività che parla delle cose del quotidiano sublimate dalla luce della pittura, capace di donare dignità di singolare esistenza anche agli oggetti più anonimi e muti rivelando “epifanie dell’invisibile”.
The Centro Luigi Di Sarro resumes its exhibition activity with the exhibition L’inattuale curated by Simone Azzoni. The project conceived as a survey of the archives and an investigation into non-contemporaneity, is a selection that highlights recurrences, returns in the practices and contents of the present. On the one hand the research of the avant-garde that marks the pace of experimentation, on the other the need for that research to settle in forms predisposed to today. L’inattuale, the outdated is therefore an anachronistic response to the progressive thrust of linguistic research, a bulwark to the ambiguous combination of content-research to affirm in the folds of the peripheral, an eternal present which, by resorting to the methods and techniques of historical craftsmanship, re-proposes the urgency of a distance from the facts and of a time that is related to those facts. “He is truly contemporary who does not coincide perfectly with it or adapt to its claims and is therefore, in this sense, out of date”, writes Nietzsche, “but, precisely for this reason, precisely through this gap and this anachronism, he is more capable than others to perceive and grasp his time ”. The contemporary artist cannot escape his time but can experience an unprecedented relationship. The contemporary artist does not match, does not coincide, does not adhere to his time but in a periodic and out of phase dyslexia transforms anachronism into a fixed gaze on the dark, be it that of memory, matter, identity or the nature of ‘object.
“All times are, for those who experience their contemporaneity, dark”, writes Agamben. “Contemporary is, in fact, the one who knows how to see this darkness, which he is able to write by dipping his pen in the darkness of the present”. To do this, it is necessary to blind the light of the century and its deceptive flashes. Keeping your gaze fixed in the dark knowing that something you can only miss can happen in the dark. An appointment with a light that withdraws but requires punctuality of recognition. The contemporary artist is thus in the discontinuity, in the outdatedness in that no longer being after having grasped a prophecy. On show: Enrico Fedrigoli and Fabio Moscatelli and (from the Archive Collection of the Centro Luigi Di Sarro) Jacopo Benci, Paola Binante, Carla Cacianti, Karmen Corak, Pietrantonio P.D’Errico,Ada De Pirro, Xavier Martel, Sergio Pucci, Yannick Vigouroux.
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.
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 Grenze, Festival 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
– 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 Fedrigoli, Brian 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.
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 Sciences, a 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 FabioMoscatelli.
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 e 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
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.
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