L’Archivio del segno. Đanino Božić e Jack Sal

Giovanna Pennacchi è lieta di presentare la mostra

L’Archivio del segno. Đanino Božić e Jack Sal

a cura di Manuela De Leonardis

13 – 30 Aprile 2019

inaugurazione alla presenza degli artisti

sabato 13 aprile, 18.30-20.30

 

L’idea intorno a cui ruota il progetto espositivo è l’esplorazione del concetto di archivio come memoria personale (archivio del sé) e collettiva attraverso un approccio concettuale del segno grafico reiterato. Entrambi gli artisti usano un linguaggio in cui è presente la fotografia.

La mostra è anche un’occasione per festeggiare i 25 anni di attività della galleria, alcuni lavori storici di Jack Sal, artista statunitense che proprio all’Acta International, nel 1996, ha presentato la personale Paper / Negatives e dell’artista croato Đanino Božić che espone per la prima volta in Italia l’installazione Self-Portrait e alcune opere della serie Metals.

(M. De Leonardis)

This exhibition revolves around exploring the concept of the archive as a personal memory (archive of the self) and also collective by means of a conceptual approach of repeating the graphic sign. Both artists use a language in which photography is present.

This exhibition also presents an opportunity to celebrate 25 years of the gallery’s activity, some historical works by Jack Sal, an American artist who presented his one-man show, Paper / Negatives, exactly in 1996 at Acta International Gallery and the Croatian artist Đanino Božić, who is exhibiting his Self-Portrait installation and some works of his Metals series in Italy for the first time.

(M. De Leonardis)

Đanino Božić (Pula, Croazia 1961, vive e lavora tra Novigrad/Cittanova e Labinci). Si è laureato presso la Facoltà Pedagogica di Fiume nel dipartimento di arti visuali. Si ocupa di pittura, scultura, installazioni e deisegno. Dal 1984 espone in mostre personali e collettive in Croazia e all’estero.

Tra le mostre recenti: 2015 – Scultori della Mitteleuropa, Spazio Lazzari, Treviso; 2014 – Rencontre Internationale de Painture Tourves; 33° Sculpture symposium “Terra”, Kikinda (Serbia)¸ 2011- Ph6 Koroška galerija Sloven Gradec; 2010 -2014 – Festival vizualnih umjetnosti Arterija Novigrad; 2009-2010 – Moja zemlja Štaglinec; 2008 – Hrvatski trijenale crteža; 2006 – New Delhi, Contemporay Croatian Art; Mediascape Novigrad – Berlin. Tra i numerosi riconoscimenti che ha ricevuto: Rijeka Biennale of Young Artists 1989; International Exhibition of Drawing 2001; Association of Croatian Artists 2001; III Triennale Croata di Disegno, Zagabria 2002. Nel 2012 è stata la prima monografia dedicate al suo lavoro e nel 2013 la sua scultura Fingers è stata allestita nell’Europa Park di Novigrad (Croazia).

Jack Sal è nato a Waterbury (USA) nel 1954, vive e lavora a New York. Nel 1981 l’International Museum of Photography/George Eastman House di Rochester ospita la sua prima personale in un luogo istituzionale. Nel 1986 realizza il ciclo di affreschi nella settecentesca Cappella Gandini (Santa Maria della Maternità) a Montà, Padova e nel 2006 White/Wash II, monumento permanente per le vittime del pogrom del 1946 a Kielce (Polonia).

Tra le mostre personali recenti: 2018 – Photography & Technology, Roonee 247 fine arts gallery, Tokyo; 2016 – Building/Block, Stal Gallery, Muscat (Oman); 2014 – Ring/Rings/Ring, MAC – Museum of Contemporary Art, Lissone; 2011 – O/Ring/O, Stiftung für Medien Kunst und Philosophie, Berlino; in/line ARTCore Contemporary Gallery, Bari; Action/Re/Action, Palazzo Morelli, Todi; De/Portees, IIC of Osaka and Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University; Jack Sal. Fotogenic Nan Sen, Roonee 247 Gallery, Tokyo; New Works, SoHo Art Gallery, Osaka; De/Portees, IIC New York; De/Portees, Casa della Memoria e della Storia, Roma;  2009 – Re/Vision, ZONE Contemporary Art, New York. Le sue opere fanno parte di numerose collezioni pubbliche, tra cui MOMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York; Ludwig Museum, Köln; Museum moderner Kunst, Wien; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit; International Center of Photography/ICP, New York; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; Kunsthalle, Bielefeld, Bielefeld; Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Roma.

La mostra ha il patrocinio della Repubblica di Croazia – Ministero della Cultura e del Muzej – Museo Lapidarium, Novigrad / Cittanova

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi

dal martedì al sabato, ore 16 – 19,30

via Panisperna, 82/83

00184 Roma

tel 064742005

www.actainternational.it

info@actainternational.it

Sana Kazi / The Sleepers series

Giovanna Pennacchi is delighted to present for the first time in Italy The Sleepers Series by Sana Kazi, a work focused on the relationship between photography and miniatures.

The Pakistani artist began by shooting photographic portraits of young subjects (women and men) that she transferred onto sheets of wasli paper, the traditional handmade paper used for miniatures that was prepared beforehand with a layer of ash.

The “sleepers” faces, painted with natural pigments made by mixing various minerals with sand and ground stones, reflect an idea of ​​suspension and the unfinished, which for the artist is conceptually significant, as it allows interaction with viewers that have the freedom to “reconstruct” those faces through their own imagination, according to their own ideas of ​​”truth.”

The aspect of repetition is just as important as it introduces the themes of continuity, harmony, rhythm, the transitory nature of time. Elements that are associated with the spiritual search for eternal love, rooted in collective memory.

In particular, they have a deep connection with the Sufi practice of repeating the name of God and His attributes, known in the Muslim religion as Zikr.

The invocation itself with its rhythm of repetition and its synchronization leads into a state of trance that is beyond space and time.

“Every single portrait gets repeated four times,” Sana Kazi affirms. “In going from passage to passage, it loses its formal consistency. These four stages of the journey are an allegory of the beginning of life, even before the spirit is blown into the womb, followed by birth, by death, and finally by eternal life. The alternation in the cyclical nature of life is shown in a serene transitory state of sleep.”

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi

dal martedì al sabato, ore 16 – 19,30

via Panisperna, 82/83

00184 Roma

tel 064742005

www.actainternational.it

info@actainternational.it

CIELO E ACCIAIO – Photografs by Irene Avaltroni

Giovanna Pennacchi is pleased to present the exhibition

CIELO E ACCIAIO – Photografs by Irene Avaltroni

Manuela De Leonardis, Curator

16 novembre – 15 dicembre 2018

Cielo e acciaio (Sky and Steel) is a selection of twenty color photographs from the body of work that Irene Avaltroni created between the second half of 2017 and 2018, during her site inspection and breaks at work in Aarhus and Copenhagen (Denmark), where the construction of a light rail and a rapid transit system respecti vely are in progress, or during her short return trips to Rome. These images belong to her daily routine as civil engineer and architect with a decided and authentic curiosity toward the photographic language. Mishima, in Sun and Steel, writes: “What I saw was not a subjective illusion but, necessarily, the fragment of a clear collective vision.” Borrowed words (even in the exhibition title) restore the sense of intuitively poetic interior research. “My glance meeting that moving wavering light blue sky, was penetrated for an instant by the pathos of the Creator,” the great Japanese writer writes again. In Avalroni’s shots, steely hardness is declined in the forms of bolts, scaffoldings, bars, armatures, cableways, supports, cranes, catwalks, pipes, hooks, nails, cables, and clamps. They lose their anonymous pride to gain a metaphoric physiognomy. A gentle (but not sugarcoated) eye brings these forms, which sometimes become repeated patterns, transforming them into fleeting visions, yet clearly real. A flowery garden, a suspended tunnel, an abstract vortex: geometries that run after each other, redefining the border of the interior photographic world and whatever surrounds it.

(Manuela De Leonardis)


Galleria

ACTA INTERNATIONAL
Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi
via Panisperna, 82/83
00184 Roma
tel +39 06.47742005

Giocando con l’identità: Artisti contemporanei dell’Oman – Hassan Al Meer & Muzna Al Musafir

Giovanna Pennacchi is pleased to present the exhibition

Giocando con l’identità: Artisti contemporanei dell’Oman.
Hassan Al Meer & Muzna Al Musafir

Manuela De Leonardis, Curator

From 11 to 31 october

Opening, October 11 at 18.30 PM

After participating in the Castelnuovo Fotografia Festival (September 2018) the works of Hassan Al Meer and Muzna Almusafir will be shown in Rome at the Acta International Gallery from October 11th through October 31st.
The civil, cultural and legal habits of a people express themselves as the voice of their “cultural identity.” An identity that must be defended by globalization, prejudices and closures, as well as by self-referencing. The two Omani artists Hassan Al Meer and Muzna Al Musafir, who are presenting their work for the first time in Italy, tell their contemporaneity through paradox, irony and a genuine sense of humor.

The exhibition is organized in partnership with festival Castelnuovo Fotografia and Stal Gallery & Studio, Muscat (Oman).

Galleria
ACTA INTERNATIONAL
Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi
via Panisperna, 82/83
00184 Roma
tel +39 06.47742005

FUGGENTI FIGURE – Photographs by Arda Asena, Edoardo Cozzani, Dani Lessnau

Giovanna Pennacchi is pleased to present the exhibition

FUGGENTI FIGURE

Photographs by Arda Asena, Edoardo Cozzani, Dani Lessnau

Allen Frame, Curator

From 5 to 28 june

Opening Tuesday, June 5 at 7 PM

Three photographers present new work that depicts figures suspended in a trance-like atmosphere; the highly subjective images seem both mythic and fleeting.

Arda Asena, from Istanbul, constructs unsettling portraits in the studio, posing an elaborately veiled figure in an dramatic but undefined setting. The artist’s own nude self-portrait, also included, is sensual and enigmatic, like a dream figure encountered in a dark, private chamber of the artist’s psyche.  

Edoardo Cozzani, from Rome, depicts ancient statuary and contemporary landscapes, animating them with a deconstructive approach that involves blur, layering, and multiple exposure. Subjects that would seem immobile or fixed become provisional and mysteriously alive.

Dani Lessnau eschews a traditional camera, instead using a pinhole camera to capture black and white images of intimate encounters, like x-rays of desire and the libido. They complicate the notion of the photographer’s muse. The artist is both receptive and in control; the images are both raw and formal.

Fuggenti Figure is the second part of a curatorial effort by Allen Frame, a photographer himself who is spending the year in Rome in a residency at the American Academy. He teaches photography in New York at several schools including the International Centre of Photography. Like his previous show, Illusione Persistene, (April 13-May 5), Fuggenti Figure explores new directions by emerging photographers who attended ICP. Once known for its emphasis on photojournalistic reportage, ICP is now at the forefront of experimental and conceptual directions in fine art photography. The artists’ work in both exhibitions transforms notions of reality into private evocations of myth, dream, sexuality and identity.

Galleria

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi

via Panisperna, 82/83

00184 Roma

tel +39 06.47742005

www.actainternational.it

info@actainternational.it