7 january 2019

searching for identity (at the time of selfie), 1

exhibition one: from 12 to 24 january, 2019

6.00 pm  opening of the exhibition;
7.00 pm  performance by Giovanni Floreani and Daniela Gattorno;
7:30 pm  conversation with the artists.


Anemos, 2018 
sound portrait
In Anemos, a hand, caressing the strings of a musical instrument, reveals its “breath”, which in turn reveals the breath of the player. The breathing of the musician, his wind, when approaches  the microphone produces a vibration, almost the beating of a heart.
Claudio Ambrosini (Venice, 1948) is the author of vocal, instrumental, electronic, radio and lyrical works, oratories and ballets which have been presented in main international contemporary music festivals, or in theatres like La Scala (Milan) or La Fenice (Venice). In the '70s he was also active as a video and installative artist, photographer and performer. Recent awards: Golden Lion for the Music of the Present (Venice Biennale, 2007), Music Theatre Now (Berlin, 2008), Rotary International Award (2009), Abbiati Award (2010), Play.It! (2015).


Cristiano Berti, 2003 
7 photographic portraits
The people portrayed are six homonyms of the artist and the English actor John Steiner, who in the movie Tenebre by Dario Argento (1982) embodies an imaginary theatre critic Cristiano Berti.  The repetition of the name and surname, dissolves identity.  Homonymy opens the door to anonymity. The sense of uncertainty is accentuated by the presence of a fictional character.
Cristiano Berti (Turin, 1967) is an artist who mainly uses photography, video and installations. Among his recent solo exhibitions: Uqbar, Berlin, 2017; Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art, Genoa, 2015; Alert Studio, Bucharest, 2014; Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, 2012. Among his group shows: Récits des Bords de l'Eau, 4ème Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, 2018; Black Disguises, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, 2017; Residual, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 2015; I never got to Ph.D, Ballhaus im Nordpark, Düsseldorf and Smuggling Anthologies, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, 2013. He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata.


a work from the series of photographic portraits
in black and white of Italian noble families (1983-1991)
The image shows the Florentine family of Guicciardini, within its home in the Tuscan countryside, in front of a part of the archives of the noble family.  The idea of creating portraits of noble families in their ancestral homes was conceived by the photographer  in 1983, while returning from his first trip to Italy, Venice, continued in Florence and Rome (where he was a resident scholar at the Accademia di Francia – Villa Medici from 1985 to 1987) and completed in Naples, in 1991.  Having behind the portraits he made in Parisian homes, to meet  aristocratic families in their palaces allowed him more complex compositions and a methodical research, which gradually became an exploration, a reconstitution, a collection of memory.
Patrick Faigenbaum (Paris, 1954) gained international fame in the field of contemporary photography in the ‘80s, precisely with this series of portraits.  His works are regularly exhibited in France and abroad and are part of public collections (from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, from the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid to the Vancouver Art Gallery).  In 2013 he won the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award for his work Kolkata. He has been teaching at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris since 2001.


Effimere, 2019
a reflection in poetry and music (Daniela Gattorno–poems by Wislawa Szymborska; Giovanni Floreani–sound research and songs)
In the photo of the crowd  /  my head is the fourth from the edge  /  and maybe the seventh from the left  /  or the twentieth from the bottom
(taken from A Photograph of a Crowd by Wislawa Szymborska)
Giovanni Floreani, was born from a Friulian family in Mestre, where he started his musical journey into the beat music of the wild 60s and soon got interested in experimentation (Area, Perigeo, Aktuala) and in the British and American avant-gardes (Frank Zappa, Van der Graaf Generator, Brian Eno …). At the end of the '70s he approached vocal and musical authenticy of popular tradition.  Since then he has moved between research and experimentation proposing open projects in collaboration with artists such as Yang Jing, Pierre Favre, Latif Bolat, Paul Tofani Krsna Prema, Tony Pagliuca.
Daniela Gattorno (Genoa, 1964) is an actress, a theatre director and a writer of plays for children.  At the beginning of her artistic career she perfected in juggling and aerial acrobatics at Circus Orfei; in the early 90s she began her theatrical activity in Trieste; since 1995 she has performed an intense street theater activity, contributing then to the realization of theatrical and musical events, for the Cultural Association Furclap.  Since 2001 she has collaborated with La Contrada – Teatro Stabile in Trieste and from 2017 she is the president of the Amici della Contrada Association.  She has payed diverse roles in TV movies and starred in the film Un Bacio by Ivan Cotroneo, 2015, Indigo Film production.


Primary selfie: take this software and make your selfie, 2018
installation, 9 wall elements
Your identity today is a new identity.
Your identity is accelerated by the social media.
Your new identity is a self-portrait out of control.
Your identity is your new image in its most unconscious form.
Your identity has increased till its collapse through your profile on Whatsapp.
On Facebook, on Instagram.
On Twitter, on Telegram, on Linkedin, on Xing and on Renren.
On Google Plus, on Disqus, on Snapchat.
On Meetup, on Vine, on Tumblr.
On Twoo, on Vk.
On Medium, on Pinterest, on Youtube […]. (Manuel Frara)
Manuel Frara lives and works in Venice and since 1996 he has been known under the pseudonym "Interno3", which is the name of his project of interaction between high-tech and low-fi.  In 1997 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, where then he taught until 2007.  In 2007 he participated in "DiVA" New York and in 2008 his solo show "A Beautiful Day" was staged at the Galleria Contemporaneo in Mestre and then at the Abertay University of Dundee, Scotland.  In 2009 he took part in "Isola mondo", a collateral event for the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.  He was artist and curator for the 2005-2014 editions of "Art Stays, International Festival of Visual Arts", Ptuj (Slovenia).


Ich bin eine osteuropäische Künstlerin, 2019
installation, video projection 
Identity is manifested through gestures and acts in public areas, it is revealed in political activity.  It does not require additional work (such as an organizational support or a special constitution).  It is the conscious need in the political struggle. (Lada Nakonechna)
Lada Nakonechna (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, 1981) lives and works in Kyiv.  She is an artist, a curator (member of curatorial and activist union Hudrada) and an educator (co-founder of the Course of Art, an independent educational program in Kyiv).  Since 2005 she has been part of the R.E.P. group.  In 2015 she co-founded the Method Fund.  She has participated in numerous international and Ukrainian exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw, 2015), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Germany, 2015), Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Leipzig, Germany, 2015), National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv, 2012), CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky (Warsaw, Poland, 2012, solo show).


Portrait of the MAXXI as myself, 2018
Portrait without sound like myself, 2018
2 portfolio of 101 photographs
To walk into a landscape means to live for a certain time into the photo that I take, which is therefore a portrait of myself.  I do not document a place, as it is not the subject of the photo.  The subject is my crossing that place and knowing I'm there when I shoot 101 photos.  How get I a shot?  With a few technicalities, automatically.  Adjusting only the framing, which has to be the most trivial.  It does not count the single shot, but the time used (which I note as evidence of having been there for those 101 fractions of time).  I get an endotic, internal landscape.  A lived one!: I am bound to the world by my simple doing.  As an ancient Chinese painter said, a beautiful view (and also a beautiful photograph) is a standing outside, instead, while walking through the landscape you sense your soul. (Mario Sillani Djerrahian)  
Mario Sillani Djerrahian (Addis Ababa, 1940) is a photographer, a performer and a videomaker.  He exhibited in Italy and abroad (recently in Yerevan, Graz, Moscow, Messina, Venice).  He teaches photography and has worked for theatre in Trieste and in Milan.  In Trieste he founded the Centro Fotografico Gamma, the Radioattività radio, the Edizioni Centro G publisher, the Gruppo 78, was president of La Cappella Underground, collaborated with the Centro Arte Viva.  He was a visiting lecturer at the Polytechnic of Art in Sheffield (1976, '78', '86) and discussions on his body of work have hold at the Università Cattolica, Milan (2001) and at Ca 'Foscari University, Venice (2001, '04, '08).  He was awarded the 1989 CRAF Friuli Venezia Giulia Fotografia Award for Research Activity.


The First layer, 2018
installation, latex, graphite, coal, plexiglass

The artist's approach to carbon graphite changes during a new research process on the properties of this material in relation to the human body.  Therefore, other materials are joined to the graphite in order to create a new „organic“ element, which resembles the skin that cover us to protect us and which recalls, together with the power of the chemical kinetic energy of graphite, the potential energy forgotten by humans.
Marijana Vukić Pende (Dubrovnik, 1973) studied sculpture and contemporary music and graduated in 2008 at the Academy of Venice.  In 2005 she participated in "Atelier Aperti", Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, 51st Venice Biennale.  In 2008 she was an artist in residence at the Atelier Frankfurt – Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main. Her work has been shown in several collective exhibitions in Croatia and Italy and three times at the Gliptoteca Triennial of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb.  Solo shows: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, 2016; Gliptoteca, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb 2017; Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria, Pula 2017; Palazzo Costanzi, Trieste, 2018.



Trieste, Studio Tommaseo, via del Monte 2/1
from 12 to 24 January, 2019
opening hours: Tue.-Sat. 5-8 pm
free admittance
info:   +39 040 639187
all images: courtesy by the artists and Trieste Contemporanea