Feedback release: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – CONSCIOUSNESS
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space | July 25 – September 20, 2019
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi | July 26 – September 20, 2019
ITSLIQUID Group is pleased to announce the stunning success of ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – CONSCIOUSNESS. Curated by Arch. Luca Curci (founder and director of THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, ITSLIQUID Group and Luca Curci Architects), the openings took place at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, in Venice and they are running from July 25 to September 20, 2019 during the same period of the 58th Venice Biennale, curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia 2019, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
The festival focuses on the concept of ANIMA MUNDI that, according to several historical cultures, religions and philosophical systems, is an intrinsic connection between all living entities on the planet, which relates to the world in a similar way as the human soul is connected to the human body.
This concept has been widely interpreted by all the artists, starting from Emad Ahmad Abdallah Abu Hashish, who analyzes the emotional relationship with nature through his brush strokes, to Israel Feldmann who uses raw pigments and natural materials to create textured frames that seem to have a life of their own. Observing nature and man and searching for the balance between them, is the basis of the “Cubes” series of Luc De Man. The peculiarity of Jane Morten is painting landscapes, but not places which can be located on a map; John Würtz, layer after layer, creates a composition that constantly changes the space. Alicia France seeks for a direct connection with the viewer, focusing on the naked portraits with strong inspiration from Titian and Vermeer. “Collective unconscious online” by Barbora Balek gives a touch of futuristic innovation: a built-in display inside a life-size glass skull projects topics that people are most searching for on the Internet in a fast sequence. “Artworks don’t need to have a geometric perspective and don’t even need to have a narrative”: that’s the philosophy Francis Akpata reflects on his painting. The elegance of the venue has been graced by the sensuality of Louise Giblin‘s “La vie est belle”, a half-bust embodying a woman shapes.
All those different perceptions of the concept of ANIMA MUNDI have been the perfect frame for the performances, whose energies were spread through the entire location, like Bianca Anne Braunesberger and Vito Vidovič ‘s intimate invitation to find oneself in one’s own skin, through dance and corporeality. Michele Brega‘s performance “Talking to walls (part 1)” sets a silent, reflected, parallel cry of individuality and, for instance, vulnerability. Resurrected from scriptures and architectural ruins, the Classical Dance form of Bengal “Gaudiya Nritya Solo Recital” by Rachana Kar focuses on the combination of heroic athleticism and grace, with lyrical narration set to mellifluous musical expression in an aesthetically breath-taking presentation. Through “Untitled”, Rémy Louchart performs his show wondering if it is possible to influence the weather through art. The Belgian Tomas Danielis‘s “Mainly Love” is an attempt to go beyond surface and simple presentation of aggresive sexuality, investigating positions of gender, relation of power to sexuality and its consequences. Conceived as an exploration of the process and works of the sculptor August Rodin, “Study of Hands #1” by Valeria Famularo reflects on how we do associate sculpture to the representation of the human body with its details.
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space has been delighted to host international artists, such as Jacqueline Bilheran-Gaillard, with all three art forms, who describes the poetry of the discarded things and the beauty of objects that have lost their familiar use. Employing unexpected materials and presenting ordinary objects in surprising ways, is also how Ladina Clément interprets Arte Povera in her two wooden sculptures. Christopher Palm recalls the setting of nature through “Jordyn” and “Hubris”, exploring the consciousness of an entire forest system in the last remaining watershed of the Choco Forest of Ecuador. The hidden mysteries of the forest are also represented in Nathalie Massa Berdugo‘s painting: the observer is found to be in the middle of a birch trees forest having no beginning and no ending. Christine Norton and Shlomo Israeli show two different ways to capture the world: Norton’s documentary photographies eternalize the way people feel in everyday life, while Israeli’s tries to explore what the eye usually ignores and what is seen as a passing moment had gone. Examples of Surrealism, Pop Surrealism and Abstract Art have been respectively exhibited by Catherine Meehan‘s paintings, Anne-Kristin Vaudour‘s faces and Kimberlee Koym-Murteira‘s series. ANIMA MUNDI’ s concept is fully displayed in Anu Raatikainen‘s video screening “The arthropod”, a mix of hybrids elements, representing the borders of the species and indicating our connection to them as well.
CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL, has revealed its cultural dynamism thanks to all the selected artists.
ITSLIQUID Group has begun a charity initiative aimed to support some of the most important no-profit organizations that are internationally involved in the environmental protection, such as United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, One Tree Planted, The Ocean Cleanup and Plastic Oceans; indeed, the opening at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi was opened by a representative of Sea Shepeherd Conservation Society, who made all the visitors ponder on the risks of the marine wildlife and ecosystems. This choice comes from the essence of ANIMA MUNDI in which everything is related to the living entities of the planet. Click here for more information.
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
in collaboration with Venice Events, Ca’ Zanardi
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Gaia Persichetti, Viola Persico
collaborators Virna Manattini
graphic designers Valentina Madeddu, Anna Paola Visaggio
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Calle Larga San Marco, 374 – 30124 Venice, Italy
July 25 – September 20, 2019
From Monday to Friday | 09:30 AM – 05:30 PM (free entry)
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Cannaregio 4132 – 30121 Venice, Italy
July 26 – September 20, 2019
From Monday to Friday | 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM (free entry)
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
ANIMA MUNDI is the invisible energy behind all the natural and the artificial elements that allows the planet to live. Thanks to the hidden connections of ANIMA MUNDI, all the ecosystems of the Earth, before and after the appearance of the mankind, found their equilibrium, their ways to live and to develop themselves, to transform and to evolve. All the beings of the planet, plants, minerals, animals are permeated by a secret force that has always stimulated the human thought and research.
Plato expressed his thought about the ANIMA MUNDI in the Timaeus, “this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence… a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related”.
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THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
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 Ca’ Zanardi
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi (Cannaregio 4132, Venice) is a residential palace dating back to the 16th century which, over the centuries, has been added on to by various noble Venetian families and is one of the most evocative and beautiful palaces in the city of Venice. Sumptuous and possessing particular charm, Ca’ Zanardi is located in a most peaceful setting and has its own delightful private garden as well as a magnificent terrace full of sun and colours. Ca’ Zanardi is located close to the Ca’ D’Oro, the splendid 15th century gothic palace along the Grand Canal. It is easily reachable by foot, after a two minute walk from the Ca’ D’Oro water bus stop, or by boat using the palazzo’s private pier positioned along the fetching Santa Caterina canal. The refined elegance of the palazzo’s halls and common areas and the delicacy of its original 16th century furnishings create a fascinating setting.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33
70122 Bari (Italy)
Calle Larga San Marco, 374
30124 Venezia (Italy)