Exhibition Review: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – THE SECRET GARDEN
Venice | October 15 – November 05, 2021
ITSLIQUID Group is delighted to share the briliant results of the opening of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – THE SECRET GARDEN, held in Venice, at Misericordia Archives, from October 15 to November 05, 2021, thanks to more than 50 artists from all over the world.
The eighth edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 analyzes the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban settings in contemporary time, through two main sections: MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES.
MIXING IDENTITIES analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. While FUTURE LANDSCAPES explores the concept of the borders and the structures between body, mind and soul, the human identity and the city, the space and the ground.
The opening of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – THE SECRET GARDEN took place in the afteroon at Misericordia Archives, attended by many visitors and art lovers, as well as by participanting artists. During the evening Theo Emil showed his perfomance “Appearances +”, born from his video-artwork “Apparances”: through the performance Theo brings the concept a bit closer into our daily life and makes it even more concrete. Indeed in this work the artist involves the public wondering about the society and its borders, inquiring “how tollerant is our society and how we can be accepted and not be marginalized?”
Agnès Rancier Picard is an International french plastician artist and photographer. Trained in the «École des Beaux-arts» of Caen, she focuses her artistic approach on the problems of space inside and outside the artist, exploring the section future landscapes. Inspiring by Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg or Miquel Barcelò, she uses objects «rejects» of the everyday life. In her works Agnès creates a coherent artistic personal universe with colourful, richly materials, opening under luminous surfaces. This artistic concept leads her to explore other ways of expression: photography, plastic arts, installation and sculptures. Also the Brazilian artist Fabiola Costa works with mixed media: by focusing on techniques and materials, she considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal materials and which should refer to her social reality and background. Her collage artworks doesn’t reference recognisable form. A mix of real world and Fabiola’s world in which the results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
Helene Eliot‘s work ranges from abstract to figurative artworks and collages, including mixed media artworks that are made from found artefacts combined to create poetic and thought provoking statements. In her artworks she analyzes the relationship and coexistence between a medium and its background, allowing the paint to have an existence of its own, free from the borders of the canvas. Exploring the relatioship between the human identity, the space and the ground, Mouss Maïga has taken her African origins in the exhibition. Ever since he was child he learnt to closely observe nature: it remains a constant source of inspiration for him, who today uses in his paintings pigments and plants – many of which he harvests and prepares himself – and works with hand-woven cotton and natural fibres. The interest in nautre and its relationships is also a subject of research to the France Dominique Brunet, but in a total different way: indeed she starts from observation of landscapes, the extraordinary view of the ocean, a magnificent sky burning under the sun, and she finds great pleasure to let imagination revisites reality, sublimating it, while entering dreams and abstraction, she creates new places. She declaires that “In painting I have found a way to escape day-to-day rituals and sublimate ennui, to enter the world of mostly elegant shapes I perceive or create and an extraordinary panel of colours from the brightest to the most inconspicuous and fragile”.
Also for Marion Schmidtke, Nature is the main topic of her production. Reflecting on inner and outer world, she uses Nature to show the inner meaning of things. She declairs that the constant is to convey her feeling of beeing one with the Universe, enhancing the dimension of creative freedom, a secure platform from which to take flight. Growing up in Tennessee and living and traveling in the United States, Eastern Caribbean and Europe, Paula Temple includes a variety of imagery and materials in her works, examining the replationship between human bodies, their borders and their reletionship with the space around. Actually her work is primarily figurative, drawing challenging compositions of multiple figurative forms crowded onto the picture plain. These figurative elements are accompanied by images in nature.
Janki Meera Dodiya is a self-taught artist and a fine art photographer. From observing the night, in her series “Strange place, the Night!” shown at Misericordia Archives, it is treated as a separate alien place instead of a time, much worthy of exploration. The co-existence and co-dependency of the dark and the light seems to become even more prominent here, when closely observed, the subects illuminated essentially becomes a metaphor for emerging from the uncertainty of the material world, towards higher states of existence. Consequently, the work attempts to transports the viewers into this odd and perhaps hypnagogic place that a “Night” is. Janki Meera’s work spans the subjects or manifestations that can be tangible as well as intangible, or their behaviour, or the phenomenon surrounding them.
Following the theme of counciousness, the italian Antonella Quacchia presented “Marine cave”,”The way home” and “A new era”, affirming that the best way of expression is through abstract painting beacuse this technique leaves so much space for sharing emotions, imagination, curiosity, and interpretation. She sees Art as connector between her inner word, made of curiosity and imagination, and the public that enjoys looking at it, richly explaining the main concept of MIXING IDENITIES, the first section of this exhibition. Inspired by this section and the idea of the labyrinth of our consciousness, Julia Sederholm‘s painting is an invitation to take the path we want and to have the courage to live. Julia is a visual artist born in Finland. With a degree in graphic design, she has during the past years focused mostly on her visual art practice, exploring and experimenting with her artistry a lot which eventually has turned into a rather minimalistic and abstract visual language in her painting, the medium she has used for her participation in CONTEMPORARY VENICE – THE SECRET GARDEN. The project is both a declaration and an exploration between Julia‘s outer and inner world, an elaboration of her fears in her life.
Joël Dewarrat, in art Jod, was among our selected artists showing four mysterious paitings in which he recalls the concepf of mixing identities, questioning the human being, his present and his future through a symbolist approach. The various works, the premises of this approach, lead him to create unique pieces and more intensely explores the relationship between the symbolism of the material and that of the subject. Thanks to her participation, Silvia Lampreda offer us a refeltion about the balance between abstractionism and nature, bringing back the abstraction and dissolution of her emotional reality to a recomposition of some elements, as if to recall an “analytical painting”, of balance between “man-nature”.
CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – THE SECRET GARDEN has manifested its strong communication system by giving the opportunity to creatives to inspire and express themselves.
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Veronica Piras, Giulia Spagnuolo
collaborators Michela Sperandio, Ilde Strobbe
graphic designer Marina Caracciolo
supported by CITY OF CH TEL ST. DENIS | CULTURAL SERVICE OF THE CITY OF BULLE | LIONS CLUB OF THE VEVEYSE – DISTRICT 102 WEST
Cannaregio 3549 – 30121 Venice, Italy
October 16 – November 05, 2021
09:30 AM – 05:30 PM | Monday – Friday
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The Misericordia Archives are located in a suggestive and strategic position, within the vivid hub developing around the area of Scuola Grande della Misericordia. Just next to the Misericordia Abbey Church, the archives were recently restored and turned into fascinating multi-functional spaces, with a post-industrial twist, finished with wooden details, rough plaster walls, and concrete floor. They are provided with an independent access and they are composed by two rooms, which are ready to be used for exhibiting with: professional lightning system, floor heating, walls can be drilled. This space is perfect for temporary exhibitions, cultural events, small cocktails.