Exhibition Review: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9th Edition
Venice | November 15/16 – December 09, 2021
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space | Misericordia Archives
ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events, is proud to announce the stunning success of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9th Edition, held in Venice, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space from November 15 to December 09, 2021, and at Misericordia Archives, from November 16 to December 09, 2021, presenting more than 70 artists, coming from more than 20 countries from all over the world.
The ninth edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 analyzed 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 analyzed the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. While FUTURE LANDSCAPES explored the concept of the borders and the structures between body, mind, and soul, the human identity and the city, the space and the ground.
On the afternoon of November 15, the exhibition opened its doors at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space. Among the brilliant artworks shown, Wilma Wijnen‘s photos totally explained one of the main concepts of this exhibition: through Art is possible to redefine reality, its limits, and its borders. Specialized in portrait, landscape, and architecture photography, a large part of Wijnen’s work consists in editing photos: editing is like painting and therefore reality forms a base for the photos she creates.
The young talent Davide Magrisi exhibited his paintings “Ninfea” and “Ultimo”: mostly abstracts, they touch for their integrity and transversion, that only the most attentive spectators can grasp. The space and the paradox of reality are among the main themes for Davide’s artistic experience. He affirms: “I always found it interesting to think about the nonsense of our existence when we look to ourselves from a bigger perspective – the Universe”. The concept of FUTURE LANDSCAPES was well explained also by the Mexican Cristina Amezcua‘s colorful paintings: after mixing and exploring different movements, she found that the expressionist and abstract styles helped her to release her point of view in a more spontaneous way. Inspired by artists like Monet, Robert Motherwell, Frida Kahlo, Derain, Kandinsky, she uses different mediums, oils, acrylics, pastels, and paper. The colors and textures intend to portrait the clash of societies, ecosystems, and cultures: our cultures are alive, and they come in multiple colors.
At Misericordia Archives we welcomed both visitors and artists on November 16, for the second opening of CONTEMPORARY VENICE. Among the wonderful artworks, Letta Sed presented an introspective series of photos: in her works, she uses the techniques of digital collage, handmade collage, experimental techniques, and new media; she is also interested in abstraction, which is often an inspiration for her to create new pictures. Graduated at Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design, these studies gave her the opportunity to express herself through both fine art photography and visual art, as well as helped her develop herself in reportage and documentary photography. Sylvie De Palma gave a great contribute especially with her “Tourbillon de couleurs”. In her paintings, each point is unique, never glued to the others, and participates in the whole, just as it is its center. Lines, territories, men, and animals are formed, celebrating life and its harmony. It reflects all the generosity of the artist, who creates her own writing of art anchored in time and space.
The event was enriched by Valeria Vallone‘s brilliant performance. Dancer, choreographer, and director with an eclectic style, parallel to the contemporary soul, Valeria presented “It isn’t in our hands” in which the dancer plays within spaces: at first, they seem distant but then they become incredibly close, redefining the borders of the perceived reality, involving souls and having the ability to communicate suggestions, sensations.
A great selection of video art has been screened during the exhibition. Synticate Art presented his “Cyberorganics collection” consisting of several independent and unique artworks, each of them developing and promoting the concept of “Ecofuturism”. This is the unique author’s direction and development scenario, embodied in the desire for a future in which digital technologies are integrated into the natural environment and are a harmonious part of it. The synthesis of the familiar gives rise to the unique: familiar earthly forms and natural patterns are into the essence of synthetic creatures, their images and properties are merged into a single organism in an audiovisual cybernetic shell. Similar to the natives of the sci-fi Universe, these creatures live by different rules. They also react to the changing environment and change with it, catching the emanations of trends in a continuous stream of data. They are technologies and at the same time a natural part of the ecosystem of the future.
All the artists selected during the ninth edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE attest how all kinds of art have the power to transform the word, its borders, and its limits creating new ones and, analyzing the hidden parts of our identities, they have the opportunity to express themselves in their infinite ways.
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Synticate Art . Russia | Fani Agisilaou . Cyprus | Cristina Amezcua . Mexico | Bruce Barber . Canada | Julanne Barry . The Netherlands | Roni Ben-Ari . Israel | Maria Evseeva . Russia | Elena Gastón Nicolás . Spain/USA |Davide Magrisi . Italy | MANA . Italy | Una Marzorati (unamarz) . Italy/UK | Katerina Michalopoulou, Antonios Touloumis & Anna Mouzaki . Greece | Riitta Nelimarkka . Finland | Marc Olthoff . The Netherlands | Gulschan Rokzad . Germany | River Saunders . USA | Michael Schwan . Germany | Sharmaine Thérèsa Pretorius (SHARM.T. P) . Bulgaria/Oman/South Africa | Rafa Tom . Canada/Lebanon | Laura Tuča . Latvia | Wilma Wijnen . The Netherlands
Elena Angarita . Venezuela | Marc Aronson . USA | Synticate Art . Russia | Lida Arzaghi . Iran | Ana Paula Avila . Mexico | Bruce Barber . Canada | Fritz Bayer . Switzerland | Roni Ben-Ari . Israel | Fiammetta Bellati . Italy | Anna Betley . Poland | Tris Bucaro . USA | Rosalba Carlino . Italy | Gillian Collins . UK/USA | Sylvie Di Palma . France | Joel Douek . UK/USA | EMID . The Netherlands | Ilhan Tolga Ergün . Turkey | Ann-Sofie Eriksson . Finland | Nicola Farina . Italy | Cheryle G. Galloway . USA | Graciela Garza . Mexico | Elena Gastón Nicolás . Spain/USA |Andrea Hamilton . UK | Lynn Jaanz . Australia | Denisa Klemscheová . Czech Republic | Annette Lang . Denmark | Siyu Liu . China | Magdalena Maestri . Poland | Olga Manilov . Germany | Mathias Maumont Perafan . Canada | Katerina Michalopoulou, Antonios Touloumis & Anna Mouzaki . Greece | Shyama Nadimpalli . Singapore | Linda Naili . France |Riitta Nelimarkka . Finland | François Noël . France | Manos Paterakis . Greece | Carlo Alberto Perillo . Italy | Bernard Pineau . France | Thelma Pott . Portugal | Sharmaine Thérèsa Pretorius (SHARM.T. P) . Bulgaria/Oman/South Africa | Alexandru-Ștefan Răduţă . Romania | Federica Rodella . Italy | Letta Sed . Poland | Kerstin Sunabacka . Finland | Kristie Tebbs . UK | Anca Todrican . Italy | Gunilla Tuvin . Sweden | Valeria Vallone . Italy | Lucely Vargas. Austria/Colombia | Lise Vestergaard . Denmark | Alessandro Villanucci . Italy | Paige Wallwork . Australia | Maria Worobyova . Russia | Root Yarden . Israel
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Veronica Piras, Giulia Spagnuolo
collaborators Martina Melica, Michela Sperandio, Ilde Strobbe
graphic designer Marina Caracciolo
supported by Anna Betley Enamel Art | Toimana | P.H Watches
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Calle Larga San Marco, 374 – 30124 Venice, Italy
November 16 – December 09, 2021
09:30AM – 05:30PM | Monday – Friday
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November 17 – December 09, 2021
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THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, located in San Marco square, in the heart of Venice is available to host solo shows 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.
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.