THE BODY LANGUAGE – VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2024
January 19 – February 02, 2024
Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, Venice
ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, is pleased to announce the remarkable success of THE BODY LANGUAGE, first appointment of the 19th edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2024 which took place in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello from January 19 to February 02, 2024, during the period of the Venice Carnival.
VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR provides artists and exhibitors with the unique opportunity to present their works to an international audience of professionals such as curators, gallerists, collectors, editors and publishers who seek to acquire, publish and encourage the best contemporary art talents.
THE BODY LANGUAGE analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. The human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality; a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression.
Painting is not just a pursuit for Valentyn Yatsenko but a passion intertwined with his identity: he sees art as a means to explore and express aspects of human identity and communication, delving into the concept of the exhibition and providing viewers with his artistic poetry. In his works, Yatsenko prioritizes the essence and authenticity of each piece, channeling his emotions to depict a future devoid of violence, racism, and war. His oils serve as a medium to craft a new reality, filtering the world through his soul and mind, believing that art, even in the face of adversity, can heal and shape a compassionate world. Aligned with this envision, the researcher, Erika Thomas explores the intersection of poetry and visual arts. Thomas presented her videos as an artistic creation focused on the profound relationship with oneself, others, and the world: she looks at creation as a means to escape personal hells, embracing the perpetual cycle of creation as a sanctuary against life’s torments.
Using a different tool, the contemporary Chinese sculptor Yi Li embodies innovation in his artistic approach, utilizing diverse techniques to delve into nature and metaphysics. Li’s work reflects a seamless continuity between artistic endeavors and everyday actions: his exploration of communication, confronts the limitations of conveying precise information between individuals, drawing parallels between human fragility and the delicate nature of glass, symbolizing the challenge of breaking down interpersonal barriers. His sculptures, like the human body, are both fragile and sharp, mirroring the struggle for connection amidst the thorns of isolation. A further contribution to the topic was expressed by Eka Natenadze, an artist who channels her focus on people and their inherent beauty, exploring the universal nature of individuals. In her paintings, she intricately explores human conditions, characters, and the nuances of posture and gestures, emphasizing mutual relationships and connections: by abstracting facial features, and directing the gaze towards the corner of the pictures, she invites to reflect on human expression.
During the exhibition, a tapestry of diverse perspectives unfolded; among them, Katerina Spyropoulou, a Greek visual artist, focused on new dimensions through the lens: her study of the vibrant intersections of color, light, and human identity, led her to anthropocentric architectural photography. Influenced by 20th-century art movements, the photographer perceives the environment as a theatrical stage where the artist plays multiple roles, capturing the energy of light that breathes life into the gaze, soul, and mind. Marita Setas Ferro, a Portuguese artist, brings a narrative of nature through her soft textile sculptures: this fusion of old-world craftsmanship and contemporary innovation results in a striking dialogue between tradition and modernity. Transforming threads into diverse forms, the artist enjoys the essence of nature, creating artworks that not only speak to the eyes but beckon the observer to engage with the tactile beauty of the world.
At the crossroads of contemporary art and Renaissance splendor, the artistic synergy of Przemysław Gawłowski and Piotr Kern unfolded within the beautiful Palazzo Albrizzi Capello. Przemysław Gawłowski is a photographer and designer, focused on working with the human body as well as intricate body painting and fine art nude staging; Piotr Kern seamlessly melds a passion for painting with innovative photography, creating unique photoshoots that involve professional models and amateurs. Together, as co-founders of the bodypainting group Nine Worlds, Gawłowski and Kern brought a talented team under the spotlight of Venice. Cliodhna Doherty, an eminent figure in contemporary Irish art, intricately explored the divine feminine through her captivating works. From the meticulous rendering of female forms to immortalizing empowering objects and delving into abstract emotions, each creation breathes life into subjects, resonating with strength and resilience.
The concept of THE BODY LANGUAGE has been developed by embracing various artistic techniques and poetics. Among these, the Italian artist Giorgio Romegialli, known as GA embraces the essential stylization of forms, undertaking a continuous search for the fundamental plastic solution in sculpture. His works offer a partial and incomplete vision of contemporary man, exploring the juxtaposition of the completeness and practical sense of the nineteenth century with the marked attitude to vanity in today’s world; the exploration of the other half of the soul, hidden yet influential in our lives, becomes a focal point, urging viewers to listen to their unconscious. Eveline Lehner engages in a multidisciplinary exploration encompassing ceramics, graphics, and painting: her artistic expression, rooted in a constant examination of formal language, delves into thematic realms such as building for a lifetime, departure, fragility, frequency, and so on. Her works, a fusion of cheerfulness and seriousness, echo a profound interplay between planned design and listening to the material, shaping the “not visible.”
organized by ITSLIQUID Group
in collaboration with ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association | GOETHE INSTITUT
curator Luca Curci
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Chiara Baratti, Amaride Ferrante, Seher Muhtar
collaborators Asia Carrer, Melis Di Gennaro, Caterina Gallizia, Giulia Morroni, Annachiara Recchia, Marta Zugarelli
graphic designers Teresa Cannone, Marina Caracciolo
supported by CRILLYS SWEETS LTD | QUINTO ORDEN
Associazione Culturale Italo-Tedesca (ACIT), Cannaregio 4118, Venice
Opening hours | Monday – Friday . 09.30 AM – 05.30 PM
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Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello is one of the most known palaces of the Renaissance in Venice. It is a historical building dating 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 furniture that enriches 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, is 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 hold some festivals and exhibitions in Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, such as MORPHOS Festival and FUTURE IDENTITIES Festival, both in 2014.