Exhibition Review: ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022
Rome | May 20 – June 03, 2022
Medina Art Gallery
ITSLIQUID Group is delighted to share the great success of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, hosted in Rome, at Medina Art Gallery, from May 20 to June 03, 2022, with the participation of more than 30 artists from about 15 different countries.
The 2nd 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.
Reflections about borders and abstract, infinite, and conceptual landscapes are some of the main concepts of Françoise Jetteur artworks, which contributed to reflection on the section FUTURE LANDSCAPES. Indeed, the combination of imagination and reality, of the digital and concrete world, is one of the hallmarks of this Belgian artist. She combined manual design with digital art: in “Jumelles”, “Je pars”, “Sans le tunnel”, and “Berthe et Dominique” the ancient technique of drawing had been immersed in the virtual world, to be manipulated and incorporated into other elements, such as photographies and images that created new scenery of the world. Likewise, Agnès Rancier Picard with her series “Zip” enriched the concept of how time and spaces can be redefined by Art. Since her pieces are made from discarded paper and real zippers, her aim was to make us aware of nature’s infinite resources with a view to our future, while the zippers opened to new possible scenarios by revealing the ‘untold’ of our real humanity.
Talking about MIXING IDENTITIES, the Japanese Masaki Hirokawa showed works that played with reality and spirituality through photography. From one of its works titled “Avatar” we can understand how important is the concept of MIXING IDENTITIES in his art: indeed this work expressed the concept that every being is an incarnation of God, a separate Spirit, and all life is equal, also if the artist called the work as a mechanical being. Inspired by the life and the questions that surround us, Lionel Machris managed to create a moment, with his works, that interweaves fiction and realism and leaves plenty of room for imagination and own interpretation. The works presented during ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR are made using pure gold and it gave to the images a magical dimensionality; unique pieces that only unfold in reality when viewed in person.
During the opening, we had the pleasure to host two meaningful performances: “Written in the dressing room” by Tomo Sone and “Hydra” by Sergio Patricio & Benjamin Podoba. The first work talked about the concept of “expectation”: nowadays navigation of our complex social world is facilitated by shared social expectations that influence our behaviour. In general, we try to fulfil the expectations because we desire to progress in our society individually and as a member of society. Eventually, her research about expectations expanded to pursuing how much the communication can be literal and how much can be just pure interpretation, and who is the observed and the observer. “Hydra” is a performative sculpture project of two artists: Benjamin Podoba and Sergio Patricio. They used Murano glass as the medium between them to merge their practices and reflections. The idea is conceived to exhibit two animal/gods/human interpretations of the myth of the Minotaur, human-animal without “conscience”.
During the 2nd Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, we also presented selected video artworks that captivated the audience with their variety and the power of the video works’ images.
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Veronica Piras
graphic designer Marina Caracciolo
Medina Art Gallery
Via Angelo Poliziano 32-34, Roma, Italy
May 21 – June 03, 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.