Feedback release: THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021
Venice | March 01 – 21, 2021
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space | Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello
ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, announces the success of THE BODY LANGUAGE – ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition 2021, an international exhibition of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art, held in Venice at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space from March 01 to March 21, 2021, and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello from March 02 to March 21, 2021.
THE BODY LANGUAGE analyzes the hidden parts of our identities: the human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces, and it has its own language and infinite ways of expression and through an immersive experience it is able to perceive the surrounding reality in a totally different way. Through this strong communication system, the body is capable of exploring the complex labyrinths of consciousness. The selected artists were invited to be inspired by the magical power of Venetian costumes, and to explore the connection between desires, needs, fears through rituals that bring humankind to change, to transform and to evolve their inner world.
The opening on March 01 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space presented the Gallery enriched by body-related works and concepts: there were masks’ photographies and paintings, like the ones of Lord Nicolaus Dinter and Randy Rocchi, and bust sculptures made with many different media (bronze, 3D pen, plaster). All of them analyze the different aspects of the body and its relation with the space, such as the sculptures of Anna Pazdalska, Irene Kattou or the Dutch artist Herold van den Berg. Herold van den Berg’s artworks want to contribute to the necessary social change and arise from the artist’s interpretation of social developments and challenges and the desire to influence or reverse a number of developments and directions through confronting, shocking and illustrating. During the opening event, we also had the pleasure to listen to some artists’ live interviews with Director Luca Curci: the Italian painter Emilia Agosti talked about her body printing work, and the German artist Katrin Schöß presented her drawings, in which the attention of the viewer is focused on the faces and expressions, the only spot of colors on the paper, to bring people closer to the human beings in her illustrations and make identify with them.
The photos of Natallia Wagner, from Germany, are homages to the beautiful body proportions, hidden by ‘emotional’ graphical structures: the perfection is often swallowed up by the emotional perception. They also showed the battle and confrontation between inner ego attitudes, that define our identities. As well as Natallia Wagner, also the mixed media works of Gary Logan reflect on the concept of identity. The Trinidadian-American artist explores the human condition and its relationship with the contest; he reminds us of our natural, emotional and spiritual bond with our planet, and at the same time, as an African descent and gay man, he focuses on the complexity of various aspects of his racial/cultural heritage and sexuality. The Fine Art photography of Venezuelan-born Flaca, currently living and working in Germany, was colorful and loud – “like my head”, she said. The photos were all about the struggle for equality between men and women and the hypocrisy of religiosity that she experienced in her life, so she is now searching for justice through her art.
At Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello we opened the doors to the visitors on March 02. Julanne Barry displayed her burnished photographs on canvas, with surface-mounted LED ‘neon’ lights, which were impressive for their strong contrast between the classical style of the religious icons and the ultra-modern use of harsh neon: they want to amp the feminist point of view on the traditional Madonna figure, reflecting also on the vast hypocrisy of the religious patriarchy and its influence on women in contemporary society, expressed through the beatified ‘divine’ feminine. Also, Reem Jarbou analyzes the figure and idea of women, focusing on the Arab world. She is an Arab feminist, storyteller, photographer and writer living in Vienna, and gender issues are the main topics of her artistic research. Her work tells us about confinement, isolation both in physical and societal forms, through the stories that her subjects narrate in her photos. The artists Una Marzorati (unamarz) and Kim SeungHwan explore different shapes and media, but they are both inspired by the observation of the nature around them. The Italian-born Una Marzorati (unamarz), currently in England, in her works used origami as cells that form different organisms; she is influenced by the outside world as well as by the inner one, especially by dreams and visions during meditation. Kim SeungHwan from South Korea, after having studied sculpture in Italy and having exhibited many of his creations worldwide, during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021 presented three of his last pieces. His bronze sculptures from the “Organism” series, which at a first sight seemed abstract, actually represented natural forms – the first elements of the Creations.
We also had the pleasure to host two live performances. The first one by the Russian Svetlana Fedotova and Nikita Belykh, both living in Venice, who delighted us with a sensual and fascinating dance performance. The other piece was presented by an Italian artistic collective composed of young girls and boys from Florence: Laura Gagliardi danced inside a plastic bubble to express the intricate interaction between the individual and its surroundings through a process of exploration and construction of its own personal identity. The electronic sound design of the performance was curated by Niccolò Vannucchi, and it perfectly accompanied the moves of Laura.
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Emilia Agosti . Italy | Micaela Aljovín . Perú | Andrea Altavilla . UK | Art by Maximo . Switzerland | Brecht Bossuyt . Belgium | Paal Bugen . Norway | Anahí Clemens . The Netherlands | Irem Çoban . Turkey | Pamela Conyers-Hinson . USA | Jozef Danyi . Czech Republic | Claudia D. Roscelli . Spain | Lord Nicolaus Dinter . Germany | Andreas Ender . Austria | Alisa Ermakova . Russia | Flaca . Germany | Peter Henrik Gall . Hungary | Elena Gastón-Nicolás . USA | Valentina Gelain & Bekim Hasaj . Italy/Albania | Michael Grothusen . USA | Nithya Guthikonda . USA | Irina Kassabova . Bulgaria/USA | Dmytro Kataiev . Ukraine | Irene Kattou . Cyprus | Alexandra Kordas . Germany | Sybille Lampe . Germany | Angelika Lialios-Freitag . Germany | Lisha Liang . China | Liz Stubbs & Penny Treese . USA | Gary Logan . USA | Birthe Ostermann . Germany | Anna Pazdalska . Poland | Lauren Pringle . UK | Nikos Probst . Germany | Renée Rauchalles . Germany | Michaela Resch . Austria | Zizi Rincolisky . Belgium | Randy Rocchi . USA | Tomas Savrda . USA | Katrin Schöß . Germany | Robindeep Singh, Sarah Sims & Tanner Poff . USA | Gary Setzer . USA | Maria Stamati . Greece | Lorna Stovall . USA | Timo RedForest . Germany | Herold van den Berg . The Netherlands | Irene Venetsanou . Switzerland | Trevor Vicks . USA | Natallia Wagner . Bayern/Germany | Himerria Wortham & Raquel Cabrera . USA | Yuri Yuan . USA | Sebnem Yuksel . Turkey | Alexandra Zilioli . Switzerland
Hiroyuki Abe . Japan | Micaela Aljovín . Perú | Andrea Altavilla . UK | Arion . USA | Gia Asmundo . Italy | Julanne Barry . The Netherlands | Fiammetta Bellati . Italy | Lorna Bent . UK | Roderick Camilleri . Malta | Donegel’ Chong . Switzerland | Aleksandra Ciazynska . Poland | Manuela Clarin . Germany | Anahí Clemens . The Netherlands | Irem Çoban . Turkey | Drash La Krass . France | Sveta Fedotova . Russia | Laura Gagliardi, Gaia Altucci e Niccolò Vannucchi . Italy | Christian Garcia-Olivo . USA | Elena Gastón-Nicolás . USA | Valentina Gelain & Bekim Hasaj . Italy/Albania | Antonio Giuliani . Italy | Michael Grothusen . USA | Ozge Gurkan . Turkey | Reem Jarbou . Austria | Nick Kacic-Miosic . USA | Aomi Kikuchi . Japan | SeungHwan Kim . South Korea | Marc Kockelkorn . Belgium | Alexandra Kordas . Germany | Lavinia Longhetto . Italy | Marcia Lorente Howell . USA | Una Marzorati (unamarz) . Italy/UK | Inna Mazur . Ukraine | Valentin Pfeifhofer . Italy | Lauren Pringle . UK | Sanne Rasmussen . Denmark | Daria Reiinku Rhein . Germany/Russia | Michaela Resch . Austria | Zizi Rincolisky . Belgium | Erwin Rios . Austria | Priya Rupra . UK | Elisabeth S. Sandikci . Germany | Teo San José . Spain | Robindeep Singh, Sarah Sims & Tanner Poff . USA | Ximena Sedano . Colombia/Switzerland | Gary Setzer . USA | Nina Stopar . Slovenia | Timo RedForest . Germany | Victoria V . Austria | Himerria Wortham & Raquel Cabrera . USA | Zeynep Yazici . Turkey | Sebnem Yuksel . Turkey | Alexandra Zilioli . Switzerland | Marina B. Žlender . Slovenia
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 Veronica Piras, Giulia Spagnuolo
collaborators Sara Longhin, Beatrice Scalella, Helin Soruklu
graphic designer Rossella Alessandroni, Marina Caracciolo
supported by DAVID NASTRAN | HUB DESIGN | KANEKO | MCART.IST ART INCUBATION CENTER | ISTANBUL | NAKED | SEXTEN/SESTO TOURIST OFFICE DAVID NASTRAN
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Calle Larga San Marco, 374 – 30124 Venice, Italy
March 01 – 21, 2021
09:30 AM – 05:30 PM | Monday – Friday
Cannaregio 4118 – 30121 Venice, Italy
March 02 – 21, 2021
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.