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Sculpture and installation

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MOHAMMAD ALHEMD

born in Kuwait City, Kuwait 1980 | lives in Kuwait City, Kuwait

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WRECKING BALL, 2019

Wood, Disco ball, Mirror ball motor
90x120x40 cm

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The East that meets the West in an eclectic and luminous scenario. The network of globalization which, in silence, reveals the intertwining that binds every place, even the most distant and unthinkable ones. The disco ball moves and accelerates the road to the future, animating the contemplation of the work. The globe seems sometimes too big and sometimes too small to remain wedged within the space where it is inserted, creating an antithetical vision of what will happen in a not too distant time. The greatness of Eastern culture and religion surrounds, like a warm mantle, Western culture which still illuminates the center of the world.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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STRAUSS ANJA MARIA

born in Saarlouis, Germany 1973| lives in Neuss, Germany

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WORTLOS IM NETZ DES ZEITLOSEN , 2020

Lunaria, Wire, motor
50x345x90 cm

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A cascade of lunaria petals glides lightly from the ceiling in a delicate vertical movement. This is the work “Wortlos Im Netz Des Zeitlosen” by the artist Anja Maria Strauss, who expresses her own poetry by giving nature a different order by placing it in a new context. The plant world, chaotic and in perennial metamorphosis, in this sculpture seems to be frozen in a calm silence that gives lightness and balance to the entire composition. With her installation, the artist suggests an emotional experience that stimulates a connection between people with the wonder of the flora and its enchanting, often inconspicuous details, thus aiming to generate different impressions according to the sensitivity of each.
Strauss is deeply influenced by the natural universe, which she considers the starting point for any artistic expression. In fact, her works express a panic dimension that underlines the feeling of empathy felt by the artist towards the plant world.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ELISA BALDISSERA

born in Torino, Italy 1984 | lives in Torino, Italy

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SEA INSIDE IV, 2020

Lens, resin, light
30x50x44 cm

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A living infinity, so Jules Verne defined the vastness of the sea in one of his most famous novels. An immense force, in constant evolution, which has always fascinated, intrigued and attracted mankind for its dark and unexplored abysses into which not even the sun’s rays can filter. It has always been an element with which humanity has confronted and tested itself, but also an encounter in which to find answers and recognize oneself thanks to the company of the only sound of the waves breaking one on top of the other. In Sea Inside IV Elisa Baldissera, through the use of light that sinks into the dark, filling it and investigating its most hidden spaces, shows us how the marine environment is, in reality, superimposable to the human soul and to the entire universe: depth unknown in which to get carried away and wander in search of the right path. Realities that converge, therefore, by their very nature and become one within that diver’s helmet suspended in the center of the room.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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LARTIGUE BÉATRICE

born in Bordeaux, France 1982 | lives in Toulouse, France

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NARCISSE, 2018

Depth sensor, computer, projector
Variable dimensions

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The search for the double, the search for our self, for our “other”. As if it is moved by small invisible threads, our body is projected in the form of tiny particles animated by a hidden force. Suddenly we are no longer us, but not even someone else, we are simply nothing; the flesh detaches itself from its own identity and is remodeled by technology. We are transported into the space we face by becoming actors of ourselves, catapulted into another dimension, into a different surface and sound. Narcissus was attracted to his own image reflected in a body of water, we are captured by our ego that moves following, as if still linked to physicality, all the movements we make. The hunter, famous for his beauty and cruelty, falls into the water, sucked into himself; we are enchanted by the projection, having a hard time walking away.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MARINA BORS

born in Romania, Romania 1960 | lives in Montecatini Terme, Italy

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GRAY, 2018

Bardiglio Imperial Marble
100x380x40 cm

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Observing Gray by Marina Bors we are confronted with an oxymoronic vision: a solid sculpture, made of solid marble, dematerializes into a soft and light organic structure that seems to be hanging from a pedestal. It is an antinomic bond, such as the one that characterizes the external and tangible surface of the human being and his fluid, impalpable and hidden interiority. A soul that is not perceptible, but which reveals the authentic nature of man and his real beauty beyond the external facade behind which it is hidden.

The artist, through his work, wants to make that truth visible and concrete: he wants to give rise to a new form of life that presents itself as a metaphor for the world inside the being, his thoughts and feelings. An image of everything that is released and expressed, leaving behind the heavy coating that covers it and going beyond the concepts of gender, race and color, allowing a universal identification and participation by the observer in his narration.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ROGER DANIEL JULES

born in Boulogne sur mer, France 1953 | lives in Rosay, France

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LES COQUILLES, 2019

Paper
Variable dimensions

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An archetypal, sacred, inviolable structure from which everything seems to have originated. Listening, in silence, you can hear the heartbeat of the world that is emanated from the paper: the past, ancient times that tell the story of man; a universal word that involves everyone with its sound. In this way we can read Les Coquilles by Daniel Jules Roger which are configured as an evolution of the previous Les Casemates with which they establish a profound and antinomic dialogue. Enclosed and imprisoned in Les Casemates, the space is freed, explodes and escapes in Les Coquilles, generating a constant bond with the work. The skeleton of the dome resting on the ground is overturned and the artist manages to give life to a contrast between empty and full in which the void, welcomed by the concave shape that converges the viewer’s gaze, enters into connection with the outside penetrating it and opening up to the surrounding environment. A new universe is born: new paths and horizons are possible.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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RAPHAEL DUROY

born in Paris, France 1984 | lives in Fontenay sous bois, France

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JACKY, 2019

Clay
25x30x15 cm

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It is a dichotomous clash between light and shadow that carves the face in the rough clay, a restless, mysterious face, capable of magnetizing and overwhelming those who observe it with singular sensations, impressions and memories. Jacky by Raphael Duroy lives in a suspended moment, in a crystallized, infinite instant, within which he struggles between his own affirmation and his own cancellation, consumed by the darkness that slowly envelops him. His body seems to disintegrate in that darkness through a perpetual motion of composition and decomposition that carries it to the brink of disappearance. The viewer is led to silently investigate the work and, in this mute dialogue, is imprisoned by the dark and intense gaze of the sculpture that pushes him to search in those deep black wells for answers about itself, about that unknown and unknown portrait with which the user is comparing himself.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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SÈVE FAVRE

born in Sion, Switzerland 1975 | lives in La Conversion, Switzerland

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ÊTRE AU PIED DU MUR, 2019

Paper, mixedmedias,paintings
Variable dimension

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Small thoughts, words, actions. A wall of actions, paper boxes that contain objects, this is the work of Sève Favre, which can speak of limits or infinity, present or past.

A world in which globalization separates instead of uniting, raises insurmountable cultural barriers; we are cornered. The work reflects our conscious or unconscious participation in the construction of these ideological and non-ideological walls.

Walls of words unspoken, never written but which always take the part of the greatest forces; white sheets that scream of the injustice of the world and that demand the overcoming of these obstacles, their destruction. People become active participants in this change, no longer “with their backs to the wall” but turning their gaze towards the wall and putting their hands to work, lowering or raising the small suspended actions, thus going to impress a symbolic signature, their own voice on this now fragile wall.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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SIMONE FEZER

born in Waiblingen, Germany 1976 | lives in Altenmedingen, Germany

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SHINY (BRIGHT NEW WORLDS), 2018

Glass, Steel, textile
Variable dimensions

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Shiny is a fragile structure, made up of simple elements. Glass, aluminum, fabric. Its architecture represents the physical structure of the world and more precisely of the house. The installation is a nest, a shell, a building, the earth. It is what the human being inhabits, lives and experiences on a daily basis. Simone Fezer combines different materials to create an immersive, free and familiar environment. Her works are rooted in the fabric of human history, in its traditions, constructions and values to create universal works. Her work focuses on the phases of creation, of the combination of several elements and, finally, of destruction. Her ultimate goal is to create an overwhelming environment in which the observer can slowly discover himself and immerse himself completely in an intimate atmosphere. Shiny is a safe place, created to protect the reverie, the dream, one’s existence.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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BEAN FINNERAN

born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA 1947 | lives in Calistoga, USA

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RED RING, 2019

Clay, glaze, acrylic stain
Variable dimensions

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A constant reference to nature, an exhausting search for the simple geometric shapes that compose it, which form its basis. What makes the very existence of the work possible is its circularity. Nature is recalled but not imitated, always maintaining that fundamental respect for coexistence with man. A thousand and more small vibrant elements of colored clay make up the work that invokes the marine shape of an anemone. Following the passage of time, the composition itself is transitory since each single element is independent from the one next to it while contributing as a whole to the growth of the installation which will always be new, always different, in an infinite cycle of possibilities and combinations, unique and inimitable. , as well as Life. The work pulsates, breathes, meditates in a certain space of time, grows, taking away space from the context by attracting its essence.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MARCELLO GOBBI

born in Brescia, Italy 1970 | lives in Brescia, Italy

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COCOON, 2015

Silicone, Faiber glass, Fabric
34x150x50 cm

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A new origin, a moment of transition, of transformation; a protective shell from which free oneself, to abandon it in order to be reborn, come to light and give oneself to others like a butterfly which, after metamorphosis, takes off its first and amazing flight out of the chrysalis. What Marcello Gobbi gives life to in Cacoon is an awakening to the world, it is the creation of the opportunity, the possibility of showing oneself, affirming one’s real presence. It is a changing body, whose skin dematerializes into infinite drops ready for change and renewal that transports the individual to a greater awareness of what he really is. The artist, through his sensitivity, shapes a singular and expressive work that is configured as a delicate and suggestive metaphor in which the re-emergence from the cocoon leads to the true path to reach oneself.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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SAMUELLE GREEN

born in Carbondale, USA 1976 | lives in Honesdale, USA

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MANIFESTATION 7, 2019

Paper
Variable dimensions

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A swarm of biomorphic forms is what appears to the visitors of the work Manifestation 7 by artist Samuelle Green, who designs her installations using simple and waste materials. The surrounding environment becomes the starting point from which its structures take shape, appropriating the surrounding architectural space and thus distorting its appearance.
The main material used is recycled paper which, folded on itself to form small cones, completely covers the walls and helps to create a suggestive and unusual dynamic. The final visual effect is similar reminiscent of an image of a beehive made up of many small cells. The artist is inspired by organic constructions and elements belonging to the animal and plant world to convey his own poetics and message centered on the interaction of nature with man. In particular, a reflection is suggested on how nature itself is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, very often taken for granted, not only for visual art but also for architecture.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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REBECCA HARVEY

born in Columbus, Ohio, USA 1961| lives in Lopez Island, USA

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SPLIT, 2020

Raw brick altered, fired, underglaze
10x20x5 cm

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The works chosen by RHarvey’s production are characterized by the material used, the same for all, in fact, they are produced with rough bricks and under-glaze.

The artist is particularly fascinated by solid matter and geometric shapes. Its greatest fascination is given by the rough bricks in fact; so much so that he employs a particular technique for their elaboration: he deposits them in water, letting them crumble and dissolve, working and coloring only what remains of them.

It is possible to notice a particular attention to what would normally be considered a defect, neo, here it becomes a peculiarity, it is made more visible and decorated, as if to underline the particularity that distinguishes each element.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Mariavittoria Crescini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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JESÚS HDEZ-GÜERO

born in Havana, Cuba 1983 | lives in Madrid, Spain

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TENER LA CULPA, 2014

Flag, flagpole, iron
500x200x100 cm

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A work that tells the story of a country that has suffered a severe social, political and economic crisis, but which struggles to keep its dignity and identity intact: Venezuela.
The flag, a representative symbol of the state, is deliberately folded back on itself, as a sign of disfigurement, for collective and community suffering.
The flagpole that supports it, fixed to a square base, bends forming an arch, but does not break, a symbol of strength, resistance and determination, which distinguish all Venezuelans.
The entire installation is mainly based on ferrous elements, in contrast with the liveliness of the typical colors of the national flag: yellow, blue and red.
Having lived in Venezuela from 2011 to 2018, the artist wanted to give voice to his personal experience, in representing the real situation that the country has gone through … an exhausting effort for the survival of a torn, usurped and impoverished state.
The size that occupies the entire installation in the space is life-size and this causes a visual impact of great strength.
Through this work, the artist sends a wish for redemption to the whole country, with the hope of once again seeing the ceremonious flag hoisted with pride.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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CRISTINA JOBS

born in Tortosa, Spain 1985 | lives in Deltebre, Spain

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BABY GORILLA ALBINO, 2019

Silicone, crystal
20x48x18 cm

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Two big blue eyes looking at us full of joy and amazement, a little white fur that is growing scattered on the body of a small albino gorilla. A puppy, a helpless and sweet being who seems ready to get up to play with us. This crystal and silicone primate represents the rarity and diversity that characterize all species, including humans. The choice to depict this specimen is due to its highly developed emotional intelligence, which allows them to normalize the differences between the various members of the family groups to which they belong. In fact, from this point of view, animals are more developed than we are. Everything that deviates from normality, for man, is a reason for discomfort, repulsion and isolation. The little gorilla, on the other hand, wants to remind us that the wealth and strength of each of us is due to all those elements that make us different from each other. The joy and vitality it emanates immediately become contagious, like a hymn to life and inclusion. Even our most playful and childish part seems to knock timidly, driven by the desire to interact with the puppy.

Sometimes it is necessary to be inspired by animals to be better humans.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ANDREJ JOSIFOVSKY – PIJANISTA

born in Belgrade, Serbia 1990 | lives in Belgrade, Serbia

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GOLDEN FLOWER, 2020

Wood, Brushes
50x100x150 cm

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Many small brushes to clean the toilet have been scattered around the city of Belgrade, just as many small flowers grow on the sidewalks of any city, going against the tough asphalt roads of the “human jungles”. The sudden expansion of the Serbian capital has led to a radical change in the concept of urban space for the attraction of more tourists and the aesthetic satisfaction of the elite. All this has been carried out with little respect for the past.

The giant gold mop is a symbol of this renewal: the desire to sweep away the ugly, what it once was, to leave room for the growth of something beautiful, clean, fragrant, precisely, like a delicate flower. The installation is made with wood and wooden brushes, respecting nature, suggesting the double essence of the whole even in the use of the material itself.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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AOMI KIKUCHI

born in Iga-Shi, Japan 1960 | lives in Kyoto, Japan

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SECRET, 2020

Goose down, silk thread, italian pigment
30x25x5 cm

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An impalpable artwork that seems to float in the air. As beautiful as it is imperfect; the lightness of silk, combined with the flutter of feathers, emphasizes the beauty contained in imperfection and transformation. This, within modern society that is always in search of perfection, is not accepted; A world where people can be fascinated, surprised and have fun.

From simple underwear, the artist manages to extrapolate the fragility and transience of the cycle of nature and fabric; the same is reborn as something new, clean, uncontaminated.

The material inconsistency of this world is what we want to demonstrate with the installation; including the suffering caused by the human desire to have more than what can be received. An ephemeral existence made concrete by the use of extremely thin materials such as silk and feathers.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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YOHEI KONDO

born in Gifu, Japan 1984 | lives in Konan-shi, Japan

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PASSING RAIN, 2017

Stainless Steel
Variable dimensions

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The installation by the artist Yohei Kondo, made of stainless steel, is inspired by elements of Japonism already known as those present in the works of Utagawa Hiroshige.
Here we find a static and continuous reproduction of rain, linear, harmonious, discontinuous, changeable and regenerating. In fact, with long steel bars, the artist captures a common meteorological event, which however always manages to change what we see and what we hear. Rain stimulates the mood of those who look at it or hear it, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, it triggers emotions and sensations. Most of all, the landscape in front of which we find ourselves changes, almost as if we were, for the duration of the downpour, in another place. Here too we know where we are, safe, with a roof over our heads and windows to protect us, when all of a sudden we find ourselves in front of these continuous, tireless, relentless drops that change our vision.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Mariavittoria Crescini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ELIZAVETA KONOVALOVA

born in Moscow, Russian Federation 1986 | lives in Moscow, Russian Federation

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SVOBODA. 1919.2020, 2020

Photography, print on banner, iron cast
Variable dimensions

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In the centre of the iron fences of the bridge, in front of a five-pointed star, there is a small female figurine with a raised hand. Details can barely be seen through numerous layers of paint, on some sections the figurine disappeared completely in the black glossy mass.

This work began with a small observation. The figurine turned out to be a miniature replica of the statue of Liberty*, sculpted by Nikolai Andreev. In 1919, it was placed at the head of the 26-metre obelisk of the Monument to the Soviet Constitution on Tverskaya square in Moscow. In 1941, the monument was demolished, only the head of Liberty survived.

Elizaveta Konovalova refers to the replica of the monument, preserved at the bas-reliefs of the Bolshoy Kamenny bridge, in Moscow. Due to regular paint renovations, the outlines of the figurine were distorted in a thickness of dripping layers, and the allegory of freedom itself seems to have inherited the deformations, as if adapting to the new political reality. By confronting the original allegory with its spontaneously transformed replica, the artist emphasises the semantic consequences of this plastic deformation.

The installation presents a form of reconstruction of the lost monument, based on archival documents and a preserved fragment of the sculpture, and offers a new perspective. The photograph reproduces the deformed replica in its original monumental scale, 1:1, according to the dimensions of the lost statue of Liberty, over 6 meters in height. On the reverse side, an iron cast of the same figurine is displayed against a scheme that retraces the story of the monument and it’s demolition.

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VALENTIN KORZHOV

born in Moscow, Russian Federation 1975 | lives in Moscow, Russian Federation

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THE BRAIN THAT PASSED AWAY, 2020

Silicone, fiberglass, hair
270x30x110 cm

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THE BRAIN THAT PASSED AWAY explores the dualistic nature of mankind. In a comedic, yet philosophical underpinning, the madness of contemporary man’s plight for simple survival is interpreted by the artist Valentin Korzhov. Sprawled on the floor is a silicon body, mimicking a business man, who’s head is cracked open, exposing his mind and brain which have seemingly escaped via their own freewill. The artist states, “… the brain is poisoned by a shocking dose of dopamine in the chase for bright sensual impulses created by the abundance of civilization.”Valentin Korzhov further draws a narrative between the Nietzschean abyss which contrasts the beast and the uber-man and nihilism; postmodernism, and ultimately a post-man. There is a juxtaposition between the highest form of man (reason, order, control etc) in the figure’s civil attire and groomed condition, and the lowest form of man (animalistic, instinct-driven or emotive) in the freed brain.

The artwork entices the viewer to question our cultural obsession on generating goals, values and successes, while believing we maintain any sort of personal free-will. The work is part of a larger series called “Darwin vs. Darwin”, which has been informed by research carried out by Korzhov, and inspired by various conversations with a fellow Ph.D biologist. Korzhov explores two epistemic (Knowledge) ideas on human progress, first, with Plato with his argument of the immortal soul, and second, Darwin with his Positivist theory of the body and natural phenomena.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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GIULIO LOCATELLI

born in Bergamo, Italy 1993 | lives in Bergamo, Italy

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LA VICINA GROTTA DEI RICORDI, 2019

Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)
225x220x250 cm

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What is a memory? “The imprint of a single story or experience or of a complex of events and experiences of the past, preserved in the conscience and recalled to the mind by memory, with more or less intense affective participation”. Like drops of water that with repeated stratifications give rise to imposing stalagmites inside a cave, even the memories settled in our minds are the result of what we have been in the past and build the foundations of our identity and this that we will be.
Similar to stalagmites, columns of soft white cotton, rise from the floor simulating the internal environment of a cave, but symbolically represent the heart of the minds and soul of each of us. A significant accumulation of memories, bonds and friendships, whether good or painful, which are made visible through this original but very empathic installation, in which every visitor can recognize himself in his own inner self. Like bowels of the earth, the columns rise giving life to something new, like a sort of germination; a new lymph that generates and gives a new existence by treasuring a long past.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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TOLMIE MACRAE

born in Port Macquarie, Australia 1984 | lives in Koln, Germany

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OIL DANCER, 2018


Variable dimensions

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Through collaboration with a dancer I was able to define my aesthetic as a video artist. Video allows me to translate time and space into a language of frames where I can distort its linear hierarchy. Like the cubists trying to represent every perspective at once, I can pull each of these catalogued moments through themselves to paradoxically see each frame at once, whilst also allowing things to evolve and flow over time.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

KIRIKO MITANI – NICI

born in Tokyo, Japan 1995 | lives in Tokyo, Japan

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TADA SUGINI SUGURUMONO, 2019

Light, Stone, String
Variable dimensions

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Luminous circles appear and disappear, thicken and thin before our eyes. It feels like watching a magic show, but instead we are faced with a work of art. It is an installation made with wires made to rotate at high speed, then hit with projectors and, based on the angle of irradiation and the width of the light beam, the shape and thickness of the figures can be seen to vary. One remains hypnotized to watch these shiny rings appear, one after the other, in the darkness. This is an installation where time takes on a different meaning. It flows, but we do not notice it, because we are enchanted by it. Simple materials and plays of light allow us to create a show that makes us forget, for a moment, the worries and frenzy of everyday life. We stop and enjoy the wonder of the moment, something we are no longer used to doing. Instead here it becomes a spontaneous thing, as if we were in an enchanted place. Perhaps because art is just that: magic.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ANKON MITRA

born in New Delhi, India 1982 | lives in New Delhi, India

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KOMOREBI, 2019

Dupont tyvek, LED lighting, aluminium frame
Variable dimensions 

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Komorebi is the Japanese noun that indicates the interaction between light and leaves, or that poetic moment in which the sun shines through the trees, filtering through the leaves and branches.

Komorebi today also becomes the title of this work by Mitra Ankon, in which it is the leaves that make up an exceptional bouquet: a sculpture modulated on a multitude of white folded and folded sheets.

The work wants to symbolize growth, renewal and birth, bringing our mind back to the life cycle of nature. Spring green soon gives way to dryness and warm autumn colors: the delicacy of birth, robust growth and, finally, inevitable death.

The artist retraces his daydreams with his mind, the dream reality in which, lying in the hills or in the woods, he admired and tasted the luxuriant nature beneath him. He relives with conscience and awareness his gaze pointed upwards, the mottled sun filtering through the foliage, giving golden specks to his humble sight, petrified by such great beauty.

The work is a visual testimony of the artist’s life and his memory, of happy and serene moments lived in the shade of a tree, under the luxuriant foliage of an indelible memory.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ANGELO DIMITRI MORANDINI

born in Trento, Italy 1975 | lives in Trento, Italy

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LEGAMI, 2020

Punti metallici, bava
50x300x50 cm

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Lots of little paper clips. Many small objects that are used to keep two parts together. Many metal staples that semi-permanently join some sheets of paper by piercing them and folding in on itself, forming a small booklet. The files. Those files that contain and tell the life and story of someone, of people dear to us and of those unknown. Everything is connected, we are all connected to each other thanks to these tiny elements. In this way, complex and infinite bonds are built. The representative fragments of worlds and lives – as the artist Angelo Demitri Morandini himself defines the materials of this work – are suspended between the ceiling and the floor, in a position of agitation and nervousness, in constant tension, just like the entire human existence. Man, in a certain sense, without ties is a prisoner of his own freedom, therefore, he is always accompanied by relationships.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MASSIMILIANO MORO

born in Cittadella, Italy 1986 | lives in Lugano, Switzerland

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PERCETTIBILE ARANCIONE, 2020

Aluminium, led, acrylic
Variable dimensions

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Movement and color are the masters in this work, between sculpture and projection of lines and lights. A perfect synergy crossed by orange and blue beams, which capture the visitor’s gaze wrapping him in a warm and harmonious atmosphere. Empty and full lines articulate and alternate, generating depth and a sense of perspective, animating the whole, through a delicate alternation of color and shadows that enchant the observer.

The projection of the orange color and the nuance in its tonality make the work eclectic and at the same time elegant and pleasant to the eye which is interrupted by a line of shadow that crosses it. But this is not a real interruption, but a pleasant and composed dynamism that generates continuity, in an orderly and clean timing.

The hue of orange projected on a blue light aimed at the center of the wall, creates remarkable plays of light ranging from white to warm yellow, while the blue borders on an intense blue. All this gives peace and lightheartedness to the entire work and recalls the glow of the setting sun. The perspective, generated by the lines that meet, refers to a distant and dreamy gaze. Although made in a small format, the projection of the work manages to cover an entire wall generating a great visual and immersive impact.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MATTHIAS NEUMANN

born in Stuttgart, Germany 1969 | lives in Brooklyn, USA

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BASICS #27, 2018

wood, 2x4s
Variable dimensions

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Over the past four years I have been engaged with a body of work under the title “basics”, which explores an abstracted notion of form, space and utility. “Basics” is based on a constructive logic of additive dimensional lumber, configured spatially following a set of formal vocabulary. The work wants to be experienced both as an abstract sculptural gesture as well as a usable and interactive spatial environment in the public realm. Conceived as part of a larger concept and installation for the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania (2014), the series of work has since had 38 iterations as public installations throughout the US.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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TANJA PAK

born in Ljubljana, Slovenia 1971 | lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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CONGÉ, 2018

Glass, thread
135x32x29 cm

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Close, but far away.
Sometimes the things that seem to divide are the very things that unite, other times, the things that seem to unite are the very things that divide. The artist Tanja Pak investigates, explores and questions two themes that seem conflicting, but which actually complement each other, detachment and rapprochement, since they are connected by a great, invisible and energetic force. The work, however, reveals to us that the two are incapable of becoming one and the same body, since the separation turns into an approach and the approach causes distance. It is therefore a moment, a moment that seems to last forever where the seconds, minutes and hours have stopped. We are in limbo. The materials of the work, the glass and the wire, highlight the delicacy and uncertainty of this situation, the fragile nature of the bonds and interpersonal relationships of today. Distance and separation, power and knot, conciliation and rapprochement are the keywords to describe the Congé work. Far away, but close.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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TANJA PAK

born in Ljubljana, Slovenia 1971 | lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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SOLITUDES, 2019

glass, blown glass
Variable dimensions

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Few elements that make you meditate. Few shapes that make you think. Little matter, but a lot of substance. In these times, the theme of individual isolation has been taken up and analyzed by everyone, including this work. Solitudes is a particular, almost metaphysical world, where the sense of suspension, doubt and marginalization are the priority issues that the artist Tanja Pak decides to investigate. The minimal organic shapes, blown by hand, refer to our deepest intimacy, eager for closeness, but impossible in times of pandemic. Glass, the material used, underlines the subtlety of this condition: one hides in the silent and proper cosmos full of nostalgia and memories. Cosmos from which you decide to distance yourself from yourself. Loneliness and isolation usually either make us rediscover or make us lose ourselves.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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RACHEL PEARCEY

born in Heswall, United Kingdom 1948 | lives in Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom

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BREXIT – I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE, PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME, 2020

Vintage French linen bed sheet – cut in half, Black thread
100x30x0,50 cm

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Pearcey Rachel’s I don’t want to leave, please don’t make me, is the artist’s heartbreaking NO to the idea of ​​Brexit, her personal way of exorcising what was happening. On the French linen sheet, the artist has sewn the illusion of being able to stop events, impressing decisive signs traversed by disillusionment and disappointment.

The stitched trace maintains a very particular three-dimensional quality, in which the points cast shadows on the white of the sheet, giving authority to the work and expressing all the serious exasperation experienced during the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

This is the artist’s only political work, made at a time when anger meant that the work, in addition to being important on a social issue of this kind, also and above all became an autobiographical work.

This narrative aspect is highlighted above all by the “handmade”, which expresses involuntary irregularities, intimacy and inspection, all fundamental and representative aspects of the sewing work.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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FLORENCE PINSON – YNDEN

born in Brioude, France 1967| lives in Champcueil, France

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WHITE GOLD, HABITUS COBIQUE, 2020

Recycledpaper, pins, xuanpaper
Variable dimensions

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Materials imbued with dichotomous symbols make up the work of Florence Pinson-Ynden who, through her art, stimulates a reflection on the relationship between man and the world around him.
Recycled paper, pins and xuan paper are the absolute protagonists of the sculpture “White gold, habitus cubique” in which each of these materials takes on a precise metaphorical meaning: the recycled paper represents the inalterability of cement, the pins human action while the paper fiber embodies the concept of purity and life. The artist combines elements that recall delicacy and joy with others that allude to hardness and pain to express the complexity connected to the presence of man on earth and to his choices often unaware of his own responsibility. It is a work that concentrates a strong message in apparently essential and repetitive forms which, however, in their simplicity, become caskets of deep meanings and stimuli for reflections on the meaning of life.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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GUILLERMO QUINTERO ROJAS

born in San Gil, Colombia 1965 | lives in Piedecuesta, Colombia

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ave de los andes, 2020

Manguera negra, Agua lluvia
Variable dimensions

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Two large wings fixed to the ceiling arouse amazement and fascinate those who observe the work of Guillermo Quintero Rojas who, using black tubes, re-proposes his interpretation of the wing structure of a condor. The Colombian artist pays homage to his land and, through the sculpture “Ave de Ios Andes” which symbolizes the bird of prey, emblem of the Andes, celebrates his birthplace. The beauty and vastness of the landscapes of this area are a constant source of artistic inspiration for Quintero who, wanting to preserve the ecosystem, sensitizes people through their work. The bird protagonist of his work is in fact a species in great danger of extinction, which needs attention and care to be protected and safeguarded.
At the level of sculptural design and execution, the artist also devised the circulation of rainwater inside the pipes of the structure so as to create a further link with his land and allude to traditional Colombian irrigation systems.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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RAUL REBOLLEDO

born in Mexico, Mexico 1977 | lives in Guadalajara, Mexico

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ACTA EST FABULA, 2018

Flag pole, body bag
30x210x30 cm

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This work bears the name of the sentence pronounced on his deathbed by the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus, literally: the function is over.
The function that Rebolledo declares as completed is not that referring to the life of an individual, but to the death of progress, that desired emancipation fought in the arms of modernity. That new and improved Christmas that was expected has not arrived, betraying the expectations of all hopefuls, only the skeleton of the dream remains: a flag pole from which a body bag hangs, not triumphant. This crude and relentlessly symbolic work exploits an element that is normally used for the display of successes, honors and triumphs, reusing it instead as a support for pain, for the brain death of a society that hasn’t made it.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Mariavittoria Crescini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ANONIMA/LUCI

born in Novara, Italy 1978 | lives in Milano, Italy

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NON C’È TEMPO!!, 2019

Laser, Haze, Wooden panel
120x120x15 cm

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Time is a social construct: it has no matter, no form. Itt Indicates the chronological succession of events and situations. It is abstract, it cannot be grasped, stopped, suspended. Keep scrolling.

Anonymous / LUCI gave substance to time, using light and sound. Thirty-two red lasers form the vertices of a circular geometric figure and its creation is marked by a regular rhythm. Tic. Tac.

The succession of phenomena, emotions and thoughts influences man’s perception of time itself: it no longer appears as circular and constant, but changes, creates new and unprecedented structures that are ungovernable. Time continues to pass.

There’s no time!! exemplifies progress, the distress of a society whose ultimate goal is the creation of new means and technologies that make it possible to save and slow down time itself.

This work places the observer in front of the inevitable flow of seconds and the conflicting emotions that he can feel simply by seeing it flow.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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TIZIANA SCARVACI

born in Messina, Italy 1974 | lives in Capo d’Orlando, Italy

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“E NON PIÙ” N°5, 2020

Linen fabric, thread, glue
23×15 cm

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The delicacy of linen, a precious fabric, meticulously embroidered with a blue thread, transports us to another era, rich in traditions, history and culture.

With this work, the artist gives us a taste of his origins, Sicily. It is precisely from this land that she takes inspiration, observing the people who live there, the sea and nature, giving life to plots full of experience and inner reflections.

The embroidery, the processing of the yarn, refer to a typical feminine daily home life, rich in craftsmanship; a delight handed down from generation to generation, a narrative path steeped in familiarity. As the art of sewing is handed down, even the stitch used is repeated on the fabric in a spasmodic and cadenced way; only a piece of canvas remains uncontaminated, creating an abstract form, attracting the eye to the detail. An intentional interruption with skillful awareness.

The repetition of the embroidery recalls the natural rhythm of time, the habit that characterizes everyday life; the characteristic interweaving of the yarn evokes the bonds that are established between people. In all this, the artist reflects part of her experience and her relationships.
The edge of the linen canvas is left free of embroidery as if it frames the work itself.The work is part of a series of works all made with the same technique.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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RUI SHA

born in Beijing, China 1995 | lives in Chicago, United States

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OCCURRENCE OF ONE DRIP, 2019

Wood, Motor, Glass
30x91x30 cm

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A white room, a wooden structure, a glass cup, a hanging thread, a lost drop of water. To keep to oneself, as much as possible, an ephemeral, transient, passing memory. Nostalgically preserving one’s presence within a timeless bubble, guardian of memory. Occurrence of one drip is a work of suspension, of uncontrolled gestures and anxious expectations, eternal moments in which anything can happen, moments in constant balance, uncertain. Rui Sha, an interdisciplinary artist, with a gesture regulated and calibrated by a motor placed on the ceiling, expresses the desire to incorporate the perception of a past experience, intimately connected with the intangible feeling linked to that moment now vanished. The materials used, related to the meaning of the work, are pure representations of everyday situations of the artist who, through the artistic process, captures and suspends the evanescent memories destined to fade into the cosmic emptiness of our mind.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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SOOKYOUNG GHEEM

born in Daegu, Korea 1992 | lives in Vitry-sur-seine, France

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INTERSTICE, 2014

Brick, yarn
Variable dimensions

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It is an investigation on man that Sookyoung Gheem realizes with Interstice, a metaphor of the mechanisms that govern his daily life, a reasoning on the special condition of artistic creation capable of giving rise to a connection with the environment that surrounds him and with the observer. The solid concrete bricks become images of the fixed and consolidated ideas of human thought, defined boundaries which, however, can be broken and broken by creating a gap. This distance, which separates the massive blocks, even if small or apparently insignificant, becomes an access channel: the story and the infinite possibilities that make the stable enclosure of the object of reflection fall and dissolve, penetrating it. It is a sculptural performance in which space becomes the protagonist of the action by entering into dialogue with the material itself and with the viewer: in fact, they establish a mutual bond that invites the user to find himself within what he is with. comparing.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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BEATRICE SPADEA

born in Monza, Italy 1995| lives in Monza, Italy

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BREATHE THROUGH YOUR WOUNDS, 2020

Black threads on cotton paper
40x30x40 cm

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An installation full of intensity, of hope mixed with the pain of the difficult months that not only the artist, but the whole world had to go through. In fact, the work was born as a personal need, in such a complicated moment, like that of the Covid 19 pandemic, to express feelings, fears and concerns regarding the uncertain future.

Social distancing has forced us to look inward in solitude and to overcome problems without the help of others, seeking support in small things; hence the emblematic title “Breathe through your wounds”.

The structure of the installation is in cotton paper and represents a tired and tense body. A seam made with black cotton threads rips the smoothness of the paper, creating a veritable spine, capable of supporting the weighted body. From this sturdy seam capable of giving life, the threads branch out which, breaking through the opposite wall of the structure, create the words “breathe”, and then descend and join in a long tangle of tangled threads.

The poor materials used and their apparent delicacy are in contrast with the message and the great strength that this work releases, which gives hope and desire for rebirth.

The threads that pass from one part of the body to the other create a bond, a connection, capable of making it still alive and strong; they are able to heal those painful wounds carefully stitched, to give new life and a message of positivity.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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BOY & ERIK STAPPAERTS

born in Antwerp, Belgium 1969 | lives in Antwerp, Belgium

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DATABANK I, 2019

Aluminium, Paper, lacquer
720x412x26 cm

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A collision of ever new, fascinating colors that attract the eye; Unlikely nuances lead to the clash of conflicting thoughts, capable of throwing the human into confusion, but also into calm. The irrational dynamism that is generated by the assembly of these colors reflects in all respects human emotions, the feeling of the human being. The synthetic appearance and precision of the work rises with its components in industrial lacquer, which covers the surface and officially downgrades the classic sensation that one feels in front of a work painted with oil colors or any other traditional technique of painting. What we want to bring out is perfection in its physical and virtual form, which attracts or rejects mental, social, political, economic processes. The conflict of color leads the installation to be a real stage theater in which each of us plays his part.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MICHAEL THRON

born in Stamford, United States 1990 | lives in College Park, United States

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CARTRIDGE, 2021

Concrete
18x25x18 cm

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Those stacked like cannon balls ready to be shot into battle for someone else deeds.

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GABRIELA TORRES RUIZ

born in Mexico City, Mexico 1970 | lives in Berlin, Germany

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RAÍCES, FROM THE PROJECT THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE, 2019

Cables, projection, image
Variable dimensions

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It is a battle that has lasted for millennia that involves Nature and man. The former has the sole desire to blossom and continue to live one’s life undisturbed; the second, on the other hand, wants to prevail over every being of creation, even at the cost of gradually destroying the planet on which he lives. This is what Torres Ruiz Gabriela wants to show with his work, or to make us understand the importance of the environment and a proper coexistence with it. It is necessary for the human being to realize that he must leave due space to Nature so that it can continue to grow freely, otherwise there will no longer be a place to live. We have imposed ourselves on you, relegating you to increasingly restricted and neglected areas, forgetting that the environment also has a great influence on us. That’s right, we depend on him not only to survive on food and shelter, but also on a genetic and health level. So every action against Nature is also an action against ourselves, so it is important to recognize its inestimable value and learn to live with it without exploiting it.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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NACHO UNRREIN

born in Argentina, Argentina 1987 | lives in Villa Urquiza, Argentina

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749.766M3 OF SUMMER, 2019

Seed ,ground ,water
75x100x100 cm

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749.766m3 of summer is the estimated volume of land which was conquered by the swimming pools of the City of Buenos Aires, represented in 1:100 scale.

Each cube contains in its interior seeds that can be germinated through an installation with sprinklers, a wáter tank and a pressurized pump or by hand. In this regard, either death or life can occur and therefore reflect on the type of pacts and alliances that we establish politically with other beings and realities.

This installation belongs to the Argentine Swimming Pools Union, that speculates with the possibility of broadening the political horizon to other impersonal forms of life – that is to say, to all the agents that, along with human beings, coexist in this peculiar ecosystem.

The Union is the first one that unionize and object instead on an subject and fantasizes with the possibility of a dialogue between things and the human being. A parliament where objects have a voice and the ability to act, so as to highlight the existence of other ways of perceiving, claiming, demanding, and being.

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ANASTASIA DUBACH

born in Sochi, Russian Federation 1984 | lives in Moscow, Russian Federation

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PIECES OF YOURSELF, 2019

Marble, acrylic paint
20x30x20 cm

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The sculptural series of the last few years is the result of my thoughts on the proximity between creations of nature, on the one hand, and artificial objects on the other. The idea that it is impossible to draw a clear line between these two “media”, as postulated in modern critical theory, became the starting point for my experiments with materials and forms.  In my sculptural works, I use natural materials such as wood and marble to create objects that appear to trace the thinnest of lines between the artificial and the natural, between the apparently random and the painstakingly fashioned, between what is fundamentally artistic and what is fundamentally natural.  My new series of “pieces of yourself” glorifies the multifaceted personality that is comprised in each and every one of us.  The sculpture creates the appearance of a three-dimensional stone-bust, until the viewer walks around the work and sees that it consists of different faces, and different pieces of me.  The work reflects how we are all complex parts of many characters who come together to create a whole person.  I realized that I want to feel the “presence” of a person.  It was this “presence” of a person that I wanted to capture in my work – the characters of people, emotions and, indeed, their “essence”.