Around the end of the world or about the end of mankind
December 8th, 2020 h 6.00 pm (Italian time)
Kyiv – IZONE, Naberezhno-Lugova St, 8
Talk organized by Izolyatsia – Platform for Cultural initiatives, The Blank Contemporary Art, the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Kyiv, on the occasion of the Contemporary Day, an initiative promoted by AMACI (Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums).
Return to Odesa
Museum of Contemporary Art, Odesa
December 12th, h 7 pm
The exhibition is open from December 14th to January 15th, 2021
Odesa, beach of Kuyalnyk Lake, Ukraine
[= Istanbul Episode =]
The Blank Contemporary Art is pleased to be among the winners of the Italian Council (7′ Edition, 2019), a program that promotes Italian contemporary art in the world of Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism.
The Ministry awarded the project by the artist Gian Maria Tosatti Diptych of the Trauma. Its aim is to show the controversial aspects of certain European contexts, creating “portraits” of society without personal political positions or arbitrary convictions. Specifically, the artist will investigate the panoramas offered by Ukraine (Odesa Episode) and Turkey (Istanbul Episode), two emblematic places in contemporary Europe, two areas where traumas have strongly altered the territory, its culture, and politic. These traumas will be examined from the intimate and human point of view of the citizen.
The artist will create two environmental installations, one for each area. The final restitution of the entire experience will take place in the city of Bergamo, in an exhibition that will contain the two “episodes” that, being part of the same project, will form the Diptych of Trauma.
The project will be accompanied by the creation of a catalog that will document the exhibitions and will include critical texts aimed at testifying from different perspectives the current state of our civilization and images documenting the interventions. The catalog will be officially presented on the occasion of the exhibition in Bergamo.
Project realized in collaboration with RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts (Rome, Italy), Academy of Fine Arts of Naples (Naples, Italy), IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives (Kyiv, Ukraine), Depo (Istanbul, Turkey).
Gian Maria Tosatti (Roma, 1980) is an Italian visual artist.
His projects usually are long term investigations on specific topics related to the concept of identity, from political to the spiritual standpoint. His work consists mainly of large-scale site-specific installation is conceived for entire buildings or urban areas. His practice involves often the communities of the places where he works. In 2015 Art Review included him in their list of the 30 most interesting artists of his generation (Future Greats). In 2014 the international magazine Domus listed the installation My dreams, they’ll never surrender among the ten best shows in the world for that year. Tosatti is also a journalist, columnist for Corriere della Sera and Opera Viva magazine, writer of essays on art and politics.
His work has been shown at the Hessel Museum del CCS BARD (New York, 2014), the MADRE museum (Napoli, 2016), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, 2011), the Galleria Nazionale (Roma, 2017), the Petah Tikva Museum of Art (Petah Tikva, 2017), the Museo Archeologico di Salerno (Salerno, 2014), American Academy in Rome (Roma, 2013), Museo Villa Croce (Genova, 2012), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Roma, 2008), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, 2009), BJCEM (2014).