26 january 2019

searching for identity (at the time of selfie), 2

exhibition two: from 26 january to 7 february, 2019

6.00 pm  opening of the exhibition 2;
7.00 pm  performance by Laure Keyrouz;
7.30 pm  conversation with the artists and screening of the film by Erick Deroost and Katja Fleig.


untitled, 2001
wood, acrylic, anitex

I mix the wool that I recover from the clothes of different people, relatives and strangers. I mix clothes, skirts, sweaters, shirts, blouses.  I combine thoughts, time and memories of those days and people.  I put together  in a single sweater the previous lives of clothes that my mother, aunts and grandmothers, and people I do not know, have been wearing.  I give them a new life.  I combine the past with the here and now. (Małgorzata Dmitruk)

Małgorzata Dmitruk (Bielsk Podlaski, Bialystok district, 1974), graphic artist, painter, illustrator, fashion designer and scenographer, after studying at the Belarusan State Academy of Arts in Minsk, graduated in 1999 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.  She received her PhD degree in 2007 and a post-doctoral degree in art in 2013.  She teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw: in 2002-2014 she was an assistant, and from 2011 a senior lecturer, at the Faculty of Graphic Arts and, since 2014, she has been running the Studio of Relief and Intaglio Printing at the Faculty of Sculpture.  Grand Prix at 2000 and 2001 Warsaw Graphic Competition; Grand Prix at 2006 Daniel Chodowiecki National Competition in Gdansk; 2008 Scholarship of the Young Poland Programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.  She exhibited in Poland and abroad in more than 50 solo shows and in around 100 group shows.

untitled, 2018
drawing and collage on paper

A map with an Earth constellation and a Celestial constellation in search of an orientation of the self by imagining the umbilical cord that once tied these two elements in a Cosmic Brotherhood.   A sight activity of a non-limiting gaze.  A terrestrial and a cosmic map at the same time:  to watch Universe and become one.  A spiritual path.

Diego Esposito (Teramo 1940) lives and works between Milan and Venice. His sculptural works, starting from the project in progress “Longitude / Latitude” initiated at the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy (2001), have been installed at the Museo Emilio Caraffa, Cordoba, Argentina (2010), at the Centro Cultural Ccori Wasi, Lima, Peru (2011), at the Muryokoin Temple, Japan and at the École supérieure d’art et de design Marseille, France (2015), at the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy ( 2016); at the University of Teramo, Italy, and in Satka, Russia (2018).

Fusion Two, 2012
video, 14’ (artist: Érick Deroost; dance: Katja Fleig /;
video shooting and editing: Philippe Lucas)

We are in a foundry in the Loire-Atlantique, an extraordinary landscape for a choreographer.  The workers are dedicated to their work in the glow of metal while the artist performs a dance improvisation.  Their parallel worlds and movements meet in a singular “pas de deux” that brings out the richness of differences between the identities of a worker and an artist.  They are the identity differences that bound humans one another.

Erick Deroost, lives in Rennes and is an artist interested in the duality of nature and culture.  In the last ten years, alone or in collaboration with other visual artists and architects, he has realised installations exploring the relationship of people living in a city with the environmental issues.  To raise citizens’ awareness on domestic waste sorting and sustainable development, he was commissioned to realise 5 monumental installations in 5 municipalities located south of Rennes.  In other sculptures-installations he deals with the environmental problem through the themes of recycling and energy saving.

Katja Fleig, choreographer and dancer of German origin, creates her company in 2003 in Rennes and develops a transdisciplinary creation process, working a dozen pieces in collaboration with choreographers, dancers, actors, musicians, writers, video artists, visual artists, a translator, a DJ.  Since 2008, the relationship and the sharing between the artist and the public are at the centre of her research, of wich some examples are the “KF née en Février” and “CKF” performances for public spaces; the “Visite chorégraphique” project, tailored to 15 specific public sites; the “Blockhaus” theater-landscape project by director Alexander Kutchevsky she collaborated with; the 2016 performances “Enjeux associés” realised in 8 locations in Brittany in connection with the works of artist Robert Schad.  Together with Gilles Amalvi and Julie Seiller, she is now working at “Engelsam, en jeu”, a dialogue with Paul Klee’s drawings with angels of 1939/40.

Adopt a friend, 2018
installation (10 desks and chairs, 10 school aprons, 1 table, 2 blackboards, 1 artist’s book) / performance (drawings Laure Keyrouz; calligraphy Ahmad Alaa Eddin; translations Silvia Galluccio, Janetta Ledell, Niu Xin, Maruša Mugello Lavrenčič; performers Sami Samuela Barbieri, Silvia Galluccio, Laure Keyrouz, Janetta Ledell, Betta Porro, Ivana Sarazin, Adriana Torregrossa.

“Adopt a friend” is an event created by Enas Elkorashy focused on the letters and drawings that have been exchanged between 10 children from Damascus and Aleppo and some Italian students.  After studying the drawings, I wrote a poem in Standard Arabic, as if it were written by one of the children.  Some verses are directly inspired by what I red.  Key of the work is the analysis of the most important deprivation suffered by these children for war and destruction in Syria: the loss of the school and the sadness felt to be unable to return in a classroom.  The ten desks represent the children, as if they were present.  On the desks I wrote the words “my soul swims, on a burnt sheet, buries a poem in the East and rips twilight in the West”.  The performance is built around my reading of poetry in Arabic, from the artist’s book “Poetry for my school – I pour myself into the scent of a flower” that I created specifically for the installation.  A first version of “Adopt a friend” was held in 2017 at the “Made in … Art Gallery” in Venice. (Laure Keyrouz)

Laure Keyrouz, a poet and a visual artist from Lebanon, in recent years has carried out an intense activity of interventions in public spaces (installations / lettering and performances, writing and reciting poetry in Arabic).  She is now studying at the University of Nova Gorica her PhD on the current mutations of artistic expression in contemporary art and literature in Lebanon (HybridMedia).  Since 2014 she has been teaching Arabic Language and Translation at the University of Trieste.

17 rose e qualcuna in più (17 roses and a few more), 2019
mixed technique on paper (detail)

Since many years the artist has focused on a few selected subjects, using a domestic tone.  Fruits of nature, be they aubergines or other vegetables, are isolated from the context to acquire mysterious features.  From time to time their archetypal character, not easily understandable at a first glance, is enhanced.  This is mostly remarkable in her works on plexiglass and carborundum.

Sonia Squillaci (Cormons, Gorizia, 1975), artist and teacher, graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.  She has been exhibiting paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures and artist’s books in Italy and abroad.  Among the most significant shows: “Biennale 2011. The State of the Art”, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Magazzino 26, Trieste; “Broderies” curated by Fabio Belloni, Villa Aboca, Sansepolcro, Arezzo, 2011; “Stimmate della Speranza”, installation, Church of San Girolamo, Cervignano del Friuli (Ud) 2012; “Group 78 – Trieste Oaxaca Torreon”, curated by Maria Campitelli, La Calera Museum of Oaxaca, Mexico, 2013.

Identità, 2014
model, mixed media

In this work, based on the very old Chinese game of TANGRAM about the division of a square into seven parts, those parts assume a volume, occupy a space of infinite facets and creative combinations, which embrace my continuous, unceasing research on identity, conducted in a defining way and never definitive.  The SQUARE is a spatial module in which, or by which, I have often structured my works because of the infinite variety and possibility of combination and HARMONY it allows.  The SEVEN is a number with a particular meaning, it is the only one among the first ten numbers that can not be multiplied or divided within the group, a number, present also in the Bible, that takes on a mystical meaningand indicates completeness and right composition. (Gian Carlo Venuto)

Gian Carlo Venuto (Codroipo, Udine, 1951) has taught at the Academies in Venice and Turin and at the Brera Academy in Milan.  He has always loved Lorenzo Lotto, Pontormo and Parmigianino, but also Rilke’s poetry.  Painting for him originates as a fresco: even when technically it is not, it lives the layers of time, thought and matter as a plaster during carbonation does.

Trieste, Studio Tommaseo, via del Monte 2/1
from 26 January to 7 February, 2019
opening hours: Tue.-Sat. 5-8 pm
free admittance
info:   +39 040 639187

all images: courtesy by the artists and Trieste Contemporanea