Exhibition Review: ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022 – 3rd Edition
Rome | July 21 – August 04, 2022
Medina Art Gallery
ITSLIQUID Group is proud to share the great success of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, hosted in Rome, at Medina Art Gallery, from July 21 to August 04, 2022, with the participation of more than 30 artists from about 20 different countries.
The 3rd Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR represented a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between collectors, artists, photographers, designers, and art professionals, and provided artists and exhibitors with the unique opportunity to present their works to an international audience of art professionals who seek to acquire, publish and encourage the best contemporary art talents. It 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 and their infinite ways of expression, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the labyrinths of our consciousness. While FUTURE LANDSCAPES mainly focused on the concept of the borders and the structures between body, mind and soul, the human identity and the city, the space and the ground, and transforms surfaces into an open flow of pure ideas.
The opening held on the 21st of July was a brilliant result of the reflection we proposed to the artists who took part in the third appointment of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, to whom we asked to show and share their ideas about the two main concepts of the Art Fair. Starting with the section MIXING IDENTITIES we have to mention Majda Zorko, a Slovenian abstract artist, who is fully convinced that the interconnection between nature and living beings is art too. Majda, who showed “Antique” a series of abstract paintings, described her approach to painting as based on experimentation and exploration of media; indeed she affirmed that anyone who engages in creating a work of art brings to it his own set of personal experiences, memories, perceptions, and points of view. Indeed, she declared that “Through art, I find the balance between my emotions as well as my responses to life in general.” On the same page is also Alessandra Francini, an Italian artist who presented a series of abstract acrylic paintings, done with simplicity, naturalness, and inner clarity, which give us a sense of freedom and infinite. Also, the contribution of Cathy Punzi, who showed the “Metamorphosis series” and “Voyage series”, was very meaningful since she declared that, during her creative process, she was inspired by the world around her and the “inner journey” and the “human torment”, because through art she is looking for her original essence, reconnecting with her soul, in order to be in tune with herself.
Among the artists selected for the second section of the exhibition, Berenike and Ludwig G. Mannhalter represented, in their personal way, the idea of FUTURE LANDSCAPES. Ludwig G. Mannhalter, fluctuating between the representational and the abstract, painted landscapes by reducing complex forms to square and rectangular shapes of varying dimensions, reimagining the world and its borders, let himself be guided by impulses, without following any pre-established patterns. Berenike is a Swedish visual artist born in Finland; she has been focusing dedicatedly on her visual art practice, which has led to a minimalistic and abstract visual language in her acrylics painting, thanks whom to she reinterpreted the world around her. Memories, thoughts, stories, and dreams are the rich field that inspired the swiss artist Heinz Marzohl. Some of his paintings are characterized by personal and emotional experiences; lines and shapes in other pictures of Heinz were inspired by cracks and shadows on rock walls of stormy sea coasts and are reminiscent of primaeval cave paintings. With beautiful colour compositions, they became enchanting, touching picture worlds.
Among the video artworks selected, Lucely Vargas Preciado proposed “They call us for sustainability II” an artistic symbolic call for a conscience, a call to be responsible to have a sustainable planet. As humans, we need to take action, at different levels as individuals, corporations, and Governments levels, in order to contribute to a better planet. The same theme was also shared through the performance “Non_renewable” created by Irena Boćkai & Ana Katulić, in which the starting point of the performance was the energy sources that cannot be regenerated or re-produced.
Moreover, during ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, we had the pleasure to host Barbara Gundlach’s solo exhibition, a German-born artist who currently lives and works in New York. She is a conceptual artist and her practice is focused on triggering the viewer’s visceral experience, thereby allowing the onlooker to explore their own shifting states of perception by imploring the natural perceptions of vision and sound. Through a video sound installation, the artist explored the human perception of time and space by choosing the narrative form of movement and sound. The sole use of black and white invited the viewer into a dreamy state, suggested by the void of colour, as well as the rhythmic change of directions and depth of field so the work “Snow Dance” was a playful journey into the mind’s intricate ways to imagine and to wonder when nothing seems to make sense.
Kimberly Adamis . USA | Tatiana An . The Netherlands | Ana Paula Avila . Mexico | Jay B. Ballesteros . USA | Berenike . Finland | Irena Boćkai & Ana Katulić . Croatia | Hilda Champion . USA | Ioana Cobzaru . The Netherlands | Carlo di Giacomo . Italy | Joel Douek . UK/USA | Thomas Eblen . Germany | Tonya Ekimova . Russia | Alessandra Francini . Italy | Barbara Gundlach . Germany/USA | Otilia Iliescu . Romania | Lynn Jaanz . Australia | Clara (Eunkoung) Kim . Canada | Akiko Kotani . USA | Aleksandar Krzavac . Serbia | Ludwig G. Mannhalter . Germany | Heinz Marzohl . Switzerland | Francis Moreau . France | Aristea Panagiotakopoulou . Greece | Lucely Preciado . Austria/Colombia | Cathy Punzi . Belgium | Ivan Stanev . Germany | Kai-Yen Tu . Taiwan | Vassilios . Greece | Majda Zorko . Slovenia
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Maddalena Masotto, Veronica Piras
graphic designer Marina Caracciolo
supported by Maria Oddy | Svenska kulturfonden
Medina Art Gallery
Via Angelo Poliziano 32-34, 00184, Roma, Italy
July 22 – August 04, 2022
10:00AM – 01:00PM and 03:00PM – 07:00PM | Monday – Sunday
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Medina Art Gallery is a Contemporary Art Space in the city center of Rome. The Gallery hosts solo and collective shows with a rich variety of contemporary painters, photographers, designers, architects, sculptors, performers and video makers.
Medina Art Gallery is located in a prestigious historical building, a few minutes by walk from Colosseum and Roman Forum. The exhibition space is on the ground floor, with four main rooms and three bright shop windows on the street. Easily accessible, the space is fully equipped for hosting exhibitions and events.