FROM HEAD TO TOE
Attitudes of 21st Century
Moving Limited Souls
***13 APRIL 2014***
Via degli Artigiani, 16 (Testaccio/Trastevere area)
FROM 5PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT
HAPPY HOUR at 6 PM
☞ in collaboration with John Cabot University beneficial organization S.T.A.N.D., which helped us to realize the project.
A ONE DAY SHOW
exhibiting the works of four important contemporary artists, based in Rome, who have worked on a main central theme by developing it:
▼ PAOLO TAMBURELLA
▼ CHIARA MU
▼TOMASO DE LUCA
▼ ELENA BELLANTONI
☞ The one night event is curated by:
◢ GIOVANNA DE GIGLIO
◢ GIULIA CARLETTI
◢ FRANCESCA GALLO
◢ KRISTINA DARAZS
COME AND EXPERIENCE YOUR BODY AND MIND IN A NEW WAY!
PROJECT IDEA :
We do not have control on many things happening to us nor on our possessions, but in terms of body we are fully able to control our bodies. They represent a vital force and a mental pleasure, and we need to push them beyond their physical boundaries, to understand our existence and to perceive our intimate essence. How, thus, could we relate ourselves to the cult of the body, when it becomes the cult of the mirror? The self-relationship turns problematic when associated exclusively to the matter, instead of to the spirit and mind. But is it then deeper or shallower?
The Gym, a place of pleasure, a symbol of western society since Ancient Greek times, offers a space of reflection on the contemporary human being: it is the place of the limit. In these rooms men and women take their time apart, they question their bodies and their minds. They challenge themselves, in their insecurities or vanities. Alone, even if together in the same room, men and women impose themselves a state of sufferance, which means fight and redemption. Here, they question about the notion of limit, ignoring it, or simply pushing it into an extreme.
Through athletics, we become aware of our body, yet our mind, we are at the center of a constant stream of thoughts. Through the movements of our mind, we push our intellect forward, we analyze our inner-self, and perhaps change our perceptions of things. As we engage our physicality in the gym, we drive ourselves into a no longer bearable, in which our body starts to fail.
This group exhibition aims at analyzing the concept of limit, which is not just physical but, mainly, psychological and spiritual. What is the role of the limit in a place such as the gym? Is it a microcosm of our daily living experience? Is it an obstacle? Is it simply inexistent? Four artists try to explain what this relationship between physical and mental activity consists of. Their art can explain all of this, or it can, instead, arise more questions. However, it touches something emotional and metaphysical that can go beyond rationality.
Lo show esplorerà la relazione che intercorre in questo secolo tra mente, anima e corpo . 4 artisti lavoreranno sul tema del limite e dell'uso del corpo tenendo in considerazione il retroscena di secoli di cambiamenti nelle pratiche e tradizioni . Il corpo come estensione dell ‘Io o inteso come alienazione da esso ? Se non una risposta, questo show intende illuminare la parte non riflessa nello specchio delle palestre dove sempre piu persone passano il tempo alla ricerca della perfezione . Una nuova collaborazione offerta dai contatti nel mondo della curatrice Ilaria Gianni che ha messo in contatto giovani Curatori con artisti italiani di fama internazionale. Un progetto a costo zero frutto di un nuovo dialogo studiato dalle giovani curatrici e fatto nascere dagli artisti ,affidandosi alla nuova idea, intendono anch'essi sperimentare i limiti stessi dell' arte e come essa non sia limitata totalmente dalla crisi superiore a qualsialsi difficoltà , tempo e pregiudizio lasciando che un nuovo tema venga interpretato e ospitato nei nuovi templi dell' anima , le palestre.
This project aims to bring into collaboration young curators and internationally known Rome Based Artists. A gym to establish an innovative dialogue and questioning our way to conceive the body to experiment limits. 2014 western new attitudes between the soul and the body. New connections and chances for young minds in a country in crises. New solutions and new questions to the continuous stimula and pressures of our world .
John Cabot University’s Department of Art History and Studio Art is pleased to present one out of four contemporary art exhibitions curated by students of the course ‘Curating Museums and Galleries’ lead by Professor Ilaria Gianni.
JCU PROJECT BASED :
Four different elaborate group shows conceived, initiated and presented by four different groups of students will develop articulate exhibition projects, showcasing a variety of interesting emergent contemporary art practices and generating innovative curatorial discourses.