text by Martina Corgnati
For many years Fatma Bucak (Iskenderun, Turkey, 1982) has been reinterpreting the great archetypes which belong to the origins and traditions of the Mediterranean. In her intense photographic and video work not only does she summon back to life their dramatic and narrative power in the first person, but she also causes them to intimately and subversively betray their origins so as to instil them with new possible meanings and interpretations.More information
The theme at the heart of Laura Pugno's artistic experimentation has always been her relationship with the landscape.
For months the artist travelled high and low in Val di Susa, visiting different TAV construction sites and the venues of the 2006 winter Olympic games as they began to take shape. She was recording the lasting changes that were being carved into the territory before transferring and applying her 'stills' onto canvas, thus fixing these short-lived scenes to memory before they were immediately erased by the relentless pace of work.
Baudelaire: "Il me semble que je serai toujours bien là où je ne suis pas." In other words: it seems that I will always be happy where I am not; or simplified: wherever I am not is where I am myself; or, if we take the bull by the horns: anywhere out of this world. (Taken from New York Trilogy by Paul Auster)
We have to ask the question: Where are we? Where do the photos by Sergio Gioberto and Marilena Noro transport us? Then it is impossible not to begin pondering the temporal dimension in these images that have come perhaps from a distant, mysterious past. These works probe an ancestral memory with force, but, at the same time they deliver us into a space that is awaiting discovery, an unknown but strangely familiar future archaeology.
Alberto Peola Gallery is pleased to present Svelando l'utopia, a project that brings together three women artists from the new international art scene.
Adeela Suleman, Naiza H Khan and Seema Nusrat belong to the cultural elite that is playing a decisive role in promoting progressive thinking and social advancement in modern Pakistan - little is known of them outside Europe. When assessing their aesthetic experiences and the new art scene in Karachi it is important to bear in mind possible cultural comparisons and clashes with India and its new identity as a superpower.
Alberto Peola Gallery is pleased to be able to invite you to the second one-woman show of work by Emily Jacir.
stazione is a public intervention slated to take place at the 53rd Venice Biennale for Palestine c/o Venice, a collateral event of the Biennale. It was to have been situated on each of the 24 vaporetti stops along route #1 of the water bus route, beginning at the Lido stop and ending at Piazzale Roma.
In this exhibition of work by Botto and Bruno, Alberto Peola Gallery has chosen to present a number of pieces which trace the different creative phases of their production.
The first two rooms contain two photo-collages and three hand-drawn collages that reveal the manual working methods of the two artists. Together they constitute the matrix of their printed PVC work. The show concludes with a video installation that completes the broad range of different techniques that Botto and Bruno employ to express their vision of these dynamic, suburban city spaces and the people who live there.
Alberto Peola Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Italy of work by the Japanese artist Yuko Murata.
Under the sky presents intimately scaled oil paintings of empty landscapes and portraits of animals.
In Murata's work the repetition of subjects from nature and the essential character of their depiction evoke Japanese painting practices of the eighteenth century, when painting was characterized by a reduced choice of images and a minimal use of color. Therefore, in Murata's paintings we can see animals, the stone gardens of Karesansui, or the passing of the seasons as seen in a landscape's foliage. Her subjects make clear reference to Japanese painting iconography and the paintings use few colors, with just a few half-tones.
Silence: There are no voices in these natural landscapes, in these places that bear witness to an industrial past and in these public spaces, nor is there a title - that key to unlocking a work proposed by the artist - or a single perspective from which the images are to be understood.