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

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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

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Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi
via Panisperna, 82/83
00184 Roma
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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

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ILLUSIONE PERSISTENTE – Photografs by Gabriele Giugni, Federico Grandicelli, Michela Palermo

Giovanna Pennacchi è lieta di presentare la mostra

ILLUSIONE PERSISTENTE

Fotografie di Gabriele Giugni, Federico Grandicelli, Michela Palermo

a cura di Allen Frame

13 aprile – 5 maggio 2018

inaugurazione 13 aprile, ore 19

Gabriele Giugni’s urban figures on the street at night look like outtakes from a dream, characters in a fugue state caught in the momentary glare of a neon sign or traffic light. Michela Palermo’s intimate grainy figures are glimpsed closeup, suspended in the abstract dark of cinematic situations, raw and remembered. Federico Grandicelli’s silver gelatin photograms have a material immediacy, folded into sculpture like an indexical paradox, or as prints on the wall, tonal sighs of subtle manipulation.

The three Italian photographers all studied, at different times, at the International Center of Photography in NY, a school and museum founded by Magnum photographer Cornell Cape but now as much associated with new directions in art photography as with reportage. The curator, photographer Allen Frame, teaches at ICP but is doing a year-long residency at the American Academy in Rome. His own work was part of a three-person show at ACTA International in 2014. Now in a different role, he is organizing two exhibitions for ACTA; the second one, also with three photographers, opens June 5th.

Galleria

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi

via Panisperna, 82/83

00184 Roma

tel +39 06.47742005

www.actainternational.it

info@actainternational.it