Feedback release: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS
ITSLIQUID International Art Festival
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space | October 03 – November 24, 2019
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi | October 04 – November 24, 2019
ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is proud to share the immense success of VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2019 – International Art Festival, curated by Arch. Luca Curci (founder and director of THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, ITSLIQUID Group and Luca Curci Architects) that has been held at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space from October 03 to November 24, 2019 and at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi from October 04 to November 24, 2019 in Venice.
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 invisible connection has been deeply interpreted by the splendid artworks of the participant artists, in particular, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, by Alexandre Castagna whose photographs are without artifice and gifts us, simply, with a portrait of the heart of things. His work is also a call, more like a cry, for what we have done to our planet: we each need to play our own part in this matter.
Feeling that every human is able to translate from visual poetry to an introspective understanding of the world that surrounds us, Basim Ghomorlou, with “Shadow of Silence” depicts the aesthetics of nature in black and white to deliver certain universal feelings: “It is 10 years that I regularly travel in the Iranian desert: I understood that the desert was significantly different from every nature experience that I had to that point, it seduces with its softness and there is a violence that lacks any romanticism. Every year I return to the Iranian Kavir Desert: one result is this ongoing project, a series of black-and-white shots taken to invite the introspection I described.”
Combining his background in zen meditation and high-end construction, Adam Marelli paints possibilities of water. Unlike building on land, where materials are added to create forms, his painting removes water to reveal stylized architectural forms carved into lacunae of open sea surfaces. The opening of these voids parallels the process of Zen meditation, or zazen-a minimalist, seated practice. Silence occupies emptiness to generate an immaterial landscape we may navigate from within. Here, stillness is the move.
In Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi the opening started with the talk of the artist Vincent Robbins, who describes his works as experimental: he wants to experience more than just making a drawing on paper, he wants to being in the drawing. So, he is always exploring, through science and through common everyday situations with the space time textures, to show a relationship of hand gestures and the written word with typographical configurations shown in fine art prints. His purpose is to convey through performances, paintings and prints, works that reminds viewers about the mysteries of common everyday experiences.
Allison Harrell works directly with photographic subjects to create fluidity, comfort and personal expression in a statuesque space, enhancing skin with hand applied paints. She creates celebrations of form adapted to the physical experience of body in the moment, and these poses in ambiguous space create a template for digital painting process informed by the nature of light and color refraction. The result cherishes both the threads of humanity and aspirations of sculpting the human form along with the emotive range of a unique subject within a fraction of a second.
Robert Romano believes that natural beauty can be found even in places where you might not think to look. It’s remarkable what’s hiding in plain view – on the surface of lakes and rivers and at seaports. The colors are magnificent; the variety is endless. The beauty is more about form and color than about the physical objects they reflect. The images Judith Minks creates come from her heart and are based on her memories, experiences and fantasies: with self-reflection she gained an insight into how she functions which resulted in a breakthrough in her work; India Blake‘s photography focuses on nature, animals and portraiture and has inspired her extensive travels; Nick Kacic-Miosic is motivated by that genuine charm that only nature can directly refer and allows him to express himself intertwining the respect for past and desire for freedom, the freedom that is about to break out through the thin skin of stone and be enlisted or document the expression forever.
All those magnificent creations have been the magic frame for all the performances had during the opening night: Athina Kanellopoulou through revulsion, by eating the book of Savoir Vivre, seeks the sense of liberation from the label (etiquette) of established gendered social identity and the redefinition of the Ego as a subjective entity. Ayaka Tajiri wears a mirror mask as an observer who gives people the opportunity to express their dream experiences to themselves: we begin to realize that every experience is interconnected and they are all part of one consciousness. Francoise Berlanger, Daya Halle, Katia Lecomte Mirsky and Caroline Daish recite together, in a very elaborate, sonorous way, playing with sounds, rhythms and voices in “Les Lianes”. Jordina Ros & Pere Estadella express a clear critical, social and cultural vision, working on a map of transversal based on sensory creativity. Merel Noorlander, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Artémise Ploegaerts question why the body moves through different types of spaces in a certain way and how art can influence this physical experience.
This final appointment of ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL has highlighted how real, intense and forceful planet’s hidden connections are. This sinergy wouldn’t have been that strong without the contribution of the participating artists!
ITSLIQUID Group is running 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. 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, Virna Manattini, Gaia Persichetti, Viola Persico
collaborators Ottavia Marilungo, Irene Scilipoti, Martina Moratello
graphic designer Fabio Murgolo
supported by Rare Art Inc., Sixteen, Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds, St1
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Calle Larga San Marco, 374 – 30124 Venice, Italy
October 03 – November 24, 2019
09:30 AM – 05:30 PM | Monday – Friday
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Cannaregio 4132 – 30121 Venice, Italy
October 04 – November 24, 2019
10:00 AM – 06:00 PM | Monday – Friday
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, 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 (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.