Feedback release: CANVAS | MIXING IDENTITIES
London | April 15 – May 14, 2021
THE LINE Contemporary Art Space
ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with YMX Arts, is pleased to announce the great success of MIXING IDENTITIES, third appointment of CANVAS – London International Art Fair, presented in London at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space from April 15 to May 14, 2021.
The concept of MIXING IDENTITIES is based on the reconstruction of new identities: the transformation of our identities is essential to face the changes of the contemporary world. The process of building ourselves passes through the continuous relations with other people’s identities and the identities of communities, cultures and societies. The event focuses on the human body as a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality, a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression. We invited artists to analyse the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness.
During the opening, we had the pleasure to present a wide variety of artists, which works are striclty related to the concept of the exhibition, starting from Flo Housseini that, as a Lebanese fashion photographer, wants to express these thoughts by breaking down the common conception of the woman’s body and especially a woman wearing a burka. The woman’s body was always objectified in the Fashion industry. By putting a sheet on it and covering it, she wants to open up for different interpretations and suggestions about what the body can actually look like. Thus, removing its objectification. The fashion world needs to have more diversity. Marina Liesegang focuses her attention on the concept of the analogies. The combination of two Greek words: ana, which pertains to proportion, and logos, often translated as study, or reason. To recognize two objects as analogous is to identify a similarity between them: that of equal proportion. Our memory is analog: we remember moments, and make them fit into a time is equally peculiar, through proportions that are highly subjective. A month may pass by in a matter of years or seconds depending on who interprets it.
Andreea Moon Ciucico is a young international and independent artist growing throughout a world of continuous change. Her work sends powerful messages that contributes to awaken and inspire more people and future generations to be more compassionate towards non-verbal species, embrace all human beings as equal and respect nature. Some pieces are controversial and challenges the viewer intellectual, emotional and spiritual. Throughout her own discovery and transformation, she expresses herself by portraying different characters that resemble beautiful aliens or monsters sometimes human like, from the science-fiction world she created. Sailev is a French artist living between France and Hong-Kong. His poetic yet provocative visions of the world is displayed in a dreamlike universe where he combines hyperrealist elements in surrealist constructions. He promotes environmental protection in all his endeavors as a strong representative of the eco-art movement. Sailev believes that art has the power to stir positive change and positively contribute to the conservation efforts. His artworks inspire, question, and provoke to invite the viewers to reflect on their agency and actions in the world.
Lama Elkhayat, an interior and product designer, founder of @offgrid_lb design studio, is guided by the deeply personal and the infinitely complex relation between human motions and emotions and is expressed through an abstract affinity between shapes, materials and structures. In particular, the two sculptures presented during MIXING IDENTITIES, Ontha and Thakar, are two conceptual linear sculptures. The concept behind this design is to highlight the power of posture and body language in revealing the identity, attitude and gender of a human being. The rose gold glossy finish of the two tubular metal adds a skin-like effect that flashes an elegant contrasts with the bare metal base.
MIXING IDENTITIES, third and last appointment of CANVAS ART FAIR, has proved the importance of the relations with other people’s identities: it has been a meeting point for more than 70 artists, who had the opportunity to express themselves in their infinite and magnificent ways.
Anshu Agrawal . India | Kseniia Antipina . Germany | Ali Asi . Earth | Pepita Basilius . Germany | Lal Batman . Turkey | Franziska Becher . Germany | Alex Blank . Ukraine | Eszter Bognàr . Hungary | Teresa Letizia Bontà . Italy | Rosemary Burn . UK | Sera Camas . Turkey | Susan Carnahan . USA | Andreea Moon Ciucico . UK | André d’Orcay . Germany | Franca Dariol . Italy | Sally de Courcy . UK | Guy Delaroque . France | Denis Delauney . Germany | Lidya Dilmener . Turkey | Deimante Dociute . Lithuania | Dacc E Dukjan . UK | Billon Drash La Krass . France | Earnest . Belgium | Elsa Egon . France/Italy | Jacqueline Ennis-Cole . UK | Margarita Felis . Russia | Timo Frank . Germany | Nancy Gifford . USA | Francois Grimoin . Belgium | Aurélien Guiho . France | Ozge Gurkan . Turkey | Flo Housseini . Lebanon | Cho, Hui-Chin . France | Thanchanog Mai Chin Ho . Singapore | Kelly Jean Gillow . USA | Hassan Kalenga . USA | Tashi Khan . UK | Alexandra Kordas . Germany | Marina Liesegang . Brazil | Maria Linares . Colombia/Germany | Leandro Marcos . Portugal | Una Marzorati (unamarz) . Italy/UK | Bernardo Monteiro, Susana Rodrigues, Tamára Lomba, Patrícia Roque . Portugal | Kazuo Morita . Japan | Christina Mitterhuber . Austria | Dq Nguyen . USA | Oan Kyu . South Korea | Offgrid . Lebanon | Filipa Oliveira Antunes . Portugal | Angeliki Papageorgiou . Greece | Santa Paula . Latvia | Petronella Petander . Sweden | Pascal Raso . France | Carmela Rizzuti . Italy | Livien Rózen . Hungary | Thomas Ruuth . Sweden | Yelena Safronova . USA | Sailev . France | Ege Serin . Turkey | Giorgio Sorel . Italy | Pedro Sousa Louro . UK | Maria Stamati . Greece | Maira Stefou . Greece | Audrey Teko . France | Timespecific . USA | Barbara Traver – L. De Ayala . Spain | Kayano Ushiyama . Japan | Nelson Yabeta . Brazil | Root Yarden . Israel | Xiao Yang . USA | Sebnem Yuskel . Turkey | Fu Wenjun . China
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
gallery manager Massimiliano Gordiani
project manager Francesca Brigandì
project coordinator Giulia Tassi
collaborators Veronica Piras, Giulia Spagnuolo
graphic designer Marina Caracciolo
supported by ARETI CHATZI, HOLISTIC TREATMENTS | HUB DESIGN | LIDYA DILMENER JEWELRY DESIGN
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The Forge, 397-411 Westferry Rd, Island Gardens, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3AE
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THE LINE Contemporary Art Space
The Forge building was part of the Victorian iron shipbuilding industry. The imaginative conversion where Craft Central is located, places a free standing birch wood construction within the listed walls. Although some alterations have been made to the structure, much of this exciting building remains intact. The solution is a virtually free standing two storey birch wood construction in two sections running either side of the central listed pillars. This design provides selfcontained studios with a full height exhibition space at the front of the building and bleacher seats as a striking and usable feature which clear the overhead cranes.
The Craft Central is a gallery space daily used to have craftspeople around who want somewhere to work occasionally rather than commit to a full-time studio and who contribute to the art community in The City. The large exhibition space/gallery at the front of the building is 1,000 sqft, excluding the bleacher seats. It is an exhilarating space. You’ll find huge feature windows, exposed brickwork, eight former furnace chimney breasts, old gantries, ironwork and industrial fittings – even two overhead cranes (in full working order!). Craft Central is located in a largely residential area, close to the river and within easy access of the business districts of Canary Wharf and Surrey Quays. Only four stops from Canary Wharf and the Jubilee line (Crossrail station in 2018) two stops from Greenwich.