Feedback release: BORDERS | FUTURE LANDSCAPES
Venice | October 15 – November 29, 2020
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space | Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello
ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, is proud to announce the stunning success of FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, that occurred in Venice at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, from October 15 to November 29, 2020, with the participation of more than 110 artists from more than 30 countries.
FUTURE LANDSCAPES focuses on the idea of shaping our own landscapes. The exhibition reflects on the relationship between humans and nature in the present, as well as in a future scenery; it invites both the artists and the visitors to think about restoring natural systems and ecological integrity, in a world where the landscape’s experience is going to be out of our control. Today we face many challenges that require a big effort in mixing new frontiers to create new extraordinary places and spaces. We aim to generate future landscapes without mental and physical borders, in which the human being is completely free.
The exhibition wants to be a starting point to reflect on the macroscopic and microscopic transformations that are occurring in our lives. The limits determinate human behavior and actions, everyday, and they redefine everyone’s identity in the relationship with space. The human beings, and the artists especially, are now called to transform the borders in new possibilities, and the differences in opportunities of change and dialogue.
On October 15, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, Sharlinee Ceniceros from Mexico and Barry Despenza, from The Netherlands, have been video interviewed by Luca Curci, Director of ITSLIQUID Group. Sharlinee is an architect and urban designer which lives in Tijuana, a city placed on the borders between U.S.A. and Mexico, and she constantly works on improving the conditions of her urban spaces. She presented us her last project about taking advantage of the residual areas of the ‘famous’ border wall for the creation of parks and public space. Barry Despenza talked about his psychedelic video, which mixes music and images in a compilation of audiovisual works that are centered around power structures and the perception of space and time, with the aim to expose the viewer to the hyper image culture. The work of another video artist is deeply linked to the present: the one of Emmanouela Vogiatzaki Krukowski. Her video performance is a reaction to the lockdown that everyone of us experimented during the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is all about the confinement in terms of emotions, physical existence and human values. The U.S. artist Zazu Swistel as well talks about imaginary ‘cages’ with her artworks. The big paintings she made are the result of everyone’s mind severity, that encloses us in involuntary spaces, generating a kind of claustrophobia dictated by our unconscious. On the opposite side, the colorful paintings of the German artist Renée Rauchalles are based on the concept of spiritual freedom: her beautiful abstract canvases express inner habitable worlds and the power of the movement, which creates transformations and make us overcome our individual borders.
During this opening many visitors have been attracted by an unusual work: a huge steel machine similar to a robot with buttons, knobs, lights and key elements, which are combined with soundscapes in more than 50 switchings. The ‘imagination machine’ was made by the Machina Imaginis collective, composed by three young artists of different nationalities all based in Switzerland, Jonathan Owadja, Marie Malou and Marcel Siegwart: they created something that can be consireded as an installations, an instrument, or something you can just play with. “Age doesn’t matter, it’s fun for everyone!” said the creators of the work.
On October 16, also at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello the opening program started with some live interviews in the morning. Among the others, Rodd Alt, an anonymous artist who hid his face behind a curious mask that represents the greek letter Rho. He presented his two large canvases in the Sala della Pace and explained us the use of the mask “to protect his inspiration from the pollutive influence of his alter ego”. In front of his spectacular paintings, twelve sculptures made in bronze and stone: the German sculptress Heidrun Feistner says that “Many stones are living in a single stone”, and that she often ‘cut’ sequences into the stones, like in a film, because the human body becomes a landscape sometimes, and a change of perspective changes the character too. In the amazing Sala della Pace the visitors could also admire the huge images from the very young Chinese photographer Yiran Wang. Her photographic research focuses on the subtle tension between man-made and natural landscapes. It is a personal meditation on the human intervention that transformed it, and it led to the consciousness that the humanity feels like insignificant in comparison with the sublime beauty of nature.
Rainer Pierson, from Germany, presented seven watercolors paintings, that with their strong colors and semi-abstract forms left the mainstream vineyard landscape painting style behind. His landscapes set an intimate dialogue between the artist and his homeland, between the man and the nature. Also the abstract artworks of Annette Werndl refers to nature, with her strong brushes of color that give tension to the surface and presence to the room. The beauty of nature and the preservation of our world – our precious heritage – is the focus of the works of Marie-Pierre de Gottrau too, who shows three canvases that want to represent a link between the earth and the sky. The nine large paintings of the Austrian artist Erwin Rios, instead, are more connected on current events. His series is a reflection about involuntary and voluntary migration, both political or economic, and about the theme of the comparison with the others, which led to an integration of migrant people in new contests. The works made by Farid Izemmour, close to the ones of Erwin Rios, are completely different from them. They are mostly abstract figures, composed by a calligraphic style which characterizes this Algerian-born Swiss painter. He said that he uses calligraphy to dematerialize letters and words, to allow multiple readings that awakens the imagination, and to make the artworks not being read, but lived.
The opening event at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello was also delighted by a book presentation and a series of live performances. We hosted the professors Olivia Longo and Andrea Iorio, from the University of Brescia and from IUAV Venice, that explain us the studies behind “Boundary Landscapes”, a book based on the idea of ‘boundary’ as a meeting place and an exchange channel, where plural identities can be mixed together in a new way to see the world. Then, the performances closed the event. The four pieces presented by Donatella Vici, Salvatore Cammilleri, Francesca Nesteri and Arianna Ilardi were all about the relation between body and space, between the body and its transformation in a distorted reality. The aim, for all of them, is always the attempt of breaking the mental and physical chains that block us, and overcome the borders.
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Cecilia Ibeth Álvarez Moreno . Mexico | Stella Brajterman . Brazil | Sarah Brooks . UK | Chelsea Malia Brown . USA | Herwig Egon Casadoro-Kopp . Austria | Caterina Casagrande . Finland | Serena Casali . Italy | Sharlinee Ceniceros . Mexico | Luciane Chermann . Brazil | Kg Augenstern Christiane Prehn & Wolfgang Meyer . Germany | Manuela Clarin . Germany | Jahn/Ferreira-Lopes Corona Global Break Group . Germany/Portugal | Antonella De Sarno . Italy | Barry Despenza . USA | Lord Nicolaus Dinter . Germany | Tzimis Efthimiou & Ekaterini Kriezi . Denmark/Greece | Laerte Emme . Belgium | Pedro Gajardo . France | Alina Gamalya . Ukraine | Fernando Gastaldo . Argentina | Elena Gastón Nicolás . USA | Jasmin Genzel . France | Olga Georgitsia . Germany | Lindsay Godin . USA | François Grimoin . Belgium | Adam Henry . UK | Jo Ho & Emily May . Singapore/UK | Janet Hoy . Ireland | Jaapkore . Mexico | Soha Jeong Kyoung-Mee . Republic of Korea | Alexandra Kordas . Germany | Marija Krtolica . USA | Haerim Lee . USA | Li Lin-Liang . USA | Machina Imaginis . Switzerland | Bori Mákó & Rozi Mákó . Hungary | Christina Mitterhuber . Austria | Kazuo Morita . Japan | Aude Gourichon O’d . France | Symrath Kaur Patti . UK | 12PM . Italy | Renée Rauchalles . Germany | Manu Romeiro . Brazil | Maroš Rovňák . Slovakia | Letteria-Lilly Lilla’ Russo . Italy | Yoichiro Sakai . Japan | Philippe Sarfati . France | Gianmarco Savioli . Italy | Kirsten Schankweiler . Germany | Gail So . Hong Kong | Seamus Staunton . UK | Zazu Swistel . USA | Kostadin Tanusev . Germany | Giacomo Toth . Italy | Chih-Fen Tsai . Taiwan | Emmanouela Vogiatzaki Krukowski . Greece | Jane Walker . UK | Haylee White . USA | Olga Yakunina . Austria | Root Yarden . Israel | Sebnem Yuksel . Turkey
Sumaira Aamer . Qatar | Federico Alcaro . Italy | Rodd Alt . Italy | Rolf Berte . Germany | Luisa Bianco . Italy | Lia Bottanelli . Italy | Stella Brajterman . Brazil | Ley Brashka . Mexico | Manuela Bucci . Italy | Salvatore Cammilleri . Italy | Herwig Egon Casadoro-Kopp . Austria | Luciane Chermann . Brazil | Kg Augenstern Christiane Prehn & Wolfgang Meyer . Germany | Jahn/Ferreira-Lopes Corona Global Break Group . Germany/Portugal | Franca Dariol . Italy | Sally de Courcy . UK | Marie-Pierre De Gottrau . Switzerland | Antonella De Sarno . Italy | Emanuela Del Vescovo . Italy | Barry Despenza . USA | Petra Dippold-Goetz . Germany | Angeliki Douveri . Greece | Tzimis Efthimiou & Ekaterini Kriezi . Denmark/Greece | Farnoosh Farmer . USA | Louise Folliott . UK | Pedro Gajardo . France | Elena Gastón Nicolás . USA | Vanessa Gkouliopoulou . UK | François Grimoin . Belgium | Birgitta Hall . Sweden | Feistner Heidrun . Germany | Adam Henry . UK | Jo Ho & Emily May . Singapore/UK | Janet Hoy . Ireland | Arianna Ilardi . Italy | Marie Indahl . Norway | Sabine Inselmann . Germany | Farid Izemmour . Switzerland | Nick Kacic-Miosic . USA | Nadia Kalogeropoulou . The Netherlands | Alexandra Kordas . Germany | Inbal Kristin . Israel | Marija Krtolica . USA | Karl Weiming Lu . Australia | John Maki . USA | Bori Mákó & Rozi Mákó . Hungary | Ron Miller . Germany | Francesca Nesteri . Italy | Collier Parker . USA | Symrath Kaur Patti . UK | Christa Perez Bailey . USA | Rainer Pierson . Germany | Graça Pizá . Brazil | Ursula Radel-Leszczynski . Austria | Zizi Rincolisky . Germany | Erwin Rios . Austria | Manu Romeiro . Brazil | Maroš Rovňák . Slovakia | Sadia Safdar . Pakistan | Ximena Sedano . Colombia/Switzerland | Katherine Spinella . USA | Lydia Stadler . Switzerland | Christian Streng . Austria | The parallel cities project . Italy | Tim Ulrich . USA | Donatella Vici . Italy | Emmanouela Vogiatzaki Krukowski . Greece | Yiran (Rachel) Wang . China | Annette Werndl . Germany | Root Yarden . Israel | Zhuo Yu . China | Sebnem Yuksel . Turkey
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
in collaboration with ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, Goethe Institut, Venice Events
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Veronica Piras, Giulia Spagnuolo
collaborators Federica Carpenè, Chiara Gatto, Ilaria Peruzzet
graphic designer Marina Caracciolo
supported by 12pm, Casagrande Oy Arkkitehdit Insinöörit, LET IT BE! Art Agency, Trafò House of Contemporary Art
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Calle Larga San Marco, 374 – 30124 Venice, Italy
October 15 – November 29, 2020
09:30 AM – 05:30 PM | Monday – Friday
Cannaregio 4118 – 30121 Venice, Italy
October 16 – November 29, 2020
10:00 AM – 06:00 PM | Monday – Friday
The health and safety of our staff and visitors are of predominant importance to ITSLIQUID Group. This Protection Concept governs how we intend to operate after Italy’s lockdown has ended, the rules that will be applied inside the exhibition spaces and how these will be implemented in practice. Read more.
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THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, located in San Marco square, in the heart of Venice is available to host solo show and group exhibitions of the most talented emerging and established artists, designers and architects selected by our professional team among the numerous show participation requests.
Overlooking the unique San Marco square, THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space presents a rich program of exhibitions, talks, meetings, workshops and courses about art, architecture, design and fashion with architects, designers, artists, collectors, art critics, curators, dealers, and other personalities of the International art, architecture and design world. Being part of our program is an exciting opportunity to improve your network and get new inspirations.
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space is a fascinating and prestigious venue where our professional team will be at your disposal to assist you, offering a unique exhibition experience, giving you the opportunity to display your artworks in Venice, one of the most suggestive cities in the art world, and broadening your artistic career and exhibition background.
Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello is one of the most known palaces of the Renaissance in Venice. It is an historical building dated back to the 16th century, and it has been owned by several noble venetian families, as demonstrated by the frescoed ceilings, the artistic stuccos and the fine furnitures that enrich its rooms. The Palace welcomes visitors with its beautiful private garden on the ground floor, and then it gathers the guests in its large first floor salons, in which past and present dialogue together. The restored Old Masters’ frescoes and the contemporary art masterpieces that are periodically shown in the exhibitions hosted here, make Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello the perfect location for the balance between old and new, between ancient environment and contemporary art, architecture and design.
Today the building is managed by ACIT Venice – the Italian-German Cultural Association – which is considered one of the most important intercultural associations in Europe. Thanks to the ACIT unceasing cultural activity, Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello has nowadays frequent collaborations with the Goethe Institute and with other local and international institutions, maintaining its ancient reputation. Because of these relations, it presents a huge program of memorable art exhibitions, conferences, congresses and concerts. Among the last institutional exhibitions, its participation in the 58th Venice Biennale with the Guatemala pavilion, the Dominican Republic pavilion and the Grenada pavilion. ITSLIQUID Group already had the pleasure to held some festivals and exhibitions in Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, as MORPHOS Festival and FUTURE IDENTITIES Festival, both in 2014.