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    JANIS RAFA
    [=== JANIS = RAFA =]
    NEWSLETTER MARCH 2024
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    Janis Rafa
    The Space Between Your Tongue & Teeth
    2023
    3-channel video, 9 min
    Courtesy the Artist


    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH JANIS RAFA

    In a horse’s mouth there is an area where no teeth grow.
    A vacuity of space exists along with the interdental space.
    And in this break,
    within the gap left in between the incisors and premolars,
    there’s an artificial portal,
    allowing tame,
    imposing control,
    forcing discipline.

    The bit, this irresistible jewel,
    is now hosted by the horse’s mouth,
    beholding a system of expansion.

    Your back left teeth grew like mountains.
    Opened holes in the gums.
    You couldn’t eat.
    Your body wouldn’t listen.

    Your teeth a sign of torture.
    Your mouth a proof of resistance.

    I betrayed your mouth endlessly.

    [Ioanna Gerakidi and Janis Rafa]

    NABUURS&VANDOORN
    [== NABUURS ==== VANDOORN ==]
    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2024
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    Nabuurs&VanDoorn
    Revelation 03
    2022
    Fine Art Print on baryta cotton rag paper mounted on dibond
    120 cm x 180 cm


    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH NABUURS&VANDOORN

    Exactly at the moment we participated in the residency dedicated to Vincent van Gogh, climate activists from “Just Stop Oil” attacked his work Sunflowers at the National Gallery, London UK. In response, we performed 10 Geoseances in the natural environment around Van Gogh’s birthplace. The landscape where Vincent walked and about which he wrote beautiful letters on nature. In GeoSeances (2022), we present a comprehensive exploration of the significance of Vincent van Gogh’s signature. Through digital appropriation, we projected his signature from the painting Sunflowers (1888) onto the landscape, reviving a seemingly forgotten connection between his signature and nature.

    EFFE MINELLI
    [== EFFE ==== MINELLI =]
    NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2024
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    Effe MinelliThese butterflies came back from hell to see you2023Mixed media Photo credit: Paolo Biava


    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART99 WORDS WITH EFFE MINELLIThings that scares me and things that scares me not.I’m scared of admitting my fears.I’m scared of getting rejected after sharing my feelings for someone.I’m scared when all the love disappears or it mutates into hate and bitterness.I’m scared of gossiping, of banal peoples and their sharp tongues.I’m scared of misunderstanding, judgement, stigmatization and discrimination.I’m scared of loneliness.I’m not scared to embrace my fragilities.I’m not scared of telling the true and always follow my hearth.I’m not scared to receive and to give love.I’m not scared of standing up for human and animal rights.I’m not scared of change of mutation and regeneration.I’m not scared of crying.

    RENÉE VAN TRIER
    [== REN === E == VAN ==== TRIER =]
    NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2023
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    Renée van Trier
    Drawing: Apparently it is about land
    Charchoal, paper
    23,7 x 32 cm
    Courtesy the artist
    Photo credit: Sofie Boon

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH RENÉE VAN TRIER

    “THIS AIN’T DISNEYLAND
    NO CARTOON CHARACTERS HERE
    NO PRINCESSES WHO SAVE THE DAY
    JUST STRUGGLES AND LONELINESS IN OUR WAY
    BEING EXCLUDED IS THE WORST THING TO HAPPEN
    EMPATHY IS HARD WORK
    EMPATHY IS PAINFULL
    LESS AND LESS ROOM FOR ANIMALS TO CHASE
    LESS AND LESS ROOM TO CALL HOME
    WE FELL ON DEAF EARS
    WE TAKE MORE THAN WHAT WE NEED
    NATURE HAS THE LAST LAUGH
    YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO RETURN TO YOUR ORIGINAL STATE”

    “I WANT THE BEST FOR MY CHILDREN”

    ALESSANDRO PESSOLI
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    NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2023
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    Alessandro PessoliThe Valley, 2021Oil, acrylic, spray paint, oil stick, oil pastels, and colored pencil on canvas88 5/8 x 169 1/4 inches (225 x 430 cm)Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery New York

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART99 WORDS WITH ALESSANDRO PESSOLIA world fades within one that begins, the sun is a gearwheel that extinguishes itself, dragging a headless body, an old hero from whom flowers are born.Two creatures, a little boy on the back of an invented tiger and my hands, not much more than a small blue tree to lean on.In the future my face is like a flaming skull with a burning smile on which a cartoon worm walks and a little flower sprouts.

    FABRIZIO PREVEDELLO
    [= FABRIZIO === PREVEDELLO =]
    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2023
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    Fabrizio Prevedello
    Prove di volo (35)
    2009
    Steel
    14,5×44,5×42 cm
    Courtesy Cardelli & Fontana

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH FABRIZIO PREVEDELLO

    The studio is an old abandoned house.

    In the seventies it was also used as an elementary school in the small village where I live.

    It has a terracotta floor supported by chestnut beams. The floor is very elastic, maybe too much… I reinforce it with a beam. My colleague downstairs, a painter, is grateful to me.

    To distribute the weights, the materials for the sculptures are placed around the perimeter of the walls. I also started building the sculptures on the walls.

    The climate is mild, for almost the whole year I leave the windows open, the swallows come in, they make their nests between the beams in the ceiling… and their physical needs, too.

    I cover the finished sculptures with sheets, I protect them from being looked at and from coexistence with the swallows.

    A sculpture in the making is positioned very high up, just below the ceiling. Some newborn swallows begin to use it as a springboard.

    CHIARA ENZO
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    NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2023
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    Chiara Enzo
    Situazione con M.
    2023
    19 x 26 cm
    Acquerello, pastello, matite colorate su cartoncino incollato su tavola
    Courtesy l’Artista; Zero…, Milano
    © Chiara Enzo


    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH CHIARA ENZO

    The body mixed with itself and with another (or with others), with itself as with the other, does not enter into an identification or in a confusion, but in a disturbing proximity because it itself is proximity, an approach to a certain distinction and renewal, repetition and rekindling of the gap where the pleasure consists in tasting the measure forever uncertain, ephemeral and trembling. Touching: that is, making attraction and repulsion play together, integrity and break-in, distinction and translation. Making the whole play as such, i.e. the touch of unity and of its detachment, of its disunity.

    Jean-Luc Nancy, Il corpo dell’arte

    KAARINA KAIKKONEN
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    NEWSLETTER JULY 2023
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    Kaarina Kaikkonen
    I was trying to organize my life
    2017
    Mixed media
    Courtesy the Artist and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH KAARINA KAIKKONEN

    Sometimes and quite often actually there is a heavy feeling coming that tells me that all the things around me are in such a mess and it is hard to control things. I am not very well organized as a person.
    Even if I try to organize everything, very soon all is mixed up again. I would love to be a person who can organize everything and keep all the things and surroundings in a beautiful order. I would love to be a better person who can help the whole world to be better.
    But unfortunately, it seems that I cannot be that person.

    DOMENICO ANTONIO MANCINI
    [=== DOMENICO === ANTONIO ==== MANCINI =]
    NEWSLETTER JUNE 2023
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    Domenico Antonio Mancini
    La periferia vi guarda con odio
    2019
    Red neon 250 cm, 8 mm neon tube
    Courtesy of Lia Rumma Gallery, Milan – Naples
    Photo credits Danilo Donzelli

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH DOMENICO ANTONIO MANCINI

    When, during the first days of high school, the teacher asked us what we liked about going to high school, which was a decidedly bourgeois institution in the historic center of Naples, completely misunderstanding the meaning of the question asked, I replied that I loved the journey. The journey that started from the eastern suburbs, the city that changed throughout the battered buses’ windows of the Napoli’s “far east”, that told me about the change in a visual and social landscape that fascinated me. Years later, on a wall in Milan, I found the same voice again, and I thought that collecting and reshaping those voices could bring them to the “centers” of the world.

    FRANCESCA FERRERI
    [= FRANCESCA === FERRERI ==]
    NEWSLETTER MAY 2023
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    Francesca FerreriFino al sole2021Aper mache, wood, sand, glue, galvanized iron mesh, consolidated plaster, jesmonite, pigments, electrical material, low voltage light bulb.THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART99 WORDS WITH FRANCESCA FERRERI«If I get close it vanishes, the top swingsthe weather. I will meditate on the movementfor a long time that pours its robbery into me». Thus was born,shield of nothing, in glorybut from the top that swings to the nothing shield,bells, the torment of finding each otherstill out and in, not to be therethat in glory of an invention of the windswollen, the slow shine that makes matter.Silvia Bre, The Bells, G. Einaudi editore

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