LOS ANGELES BOULEVARDS – Photografs by Stephen Hilger

Giovanna Pennacchi is delighted to present the exhibition


LOS ANGELES BOULEVARDS – Photographs by Stephen Hilger

Allan Frame, curator

Acta International

Dal 23 Maggio al 12 Giugno

Inaugurazione alla presenza dell’artista

giovedì 23 Maggio – ore 19,00

My first time in Los Angeles I rode into town in the back of my parents station wagon. It was 1958. Touring the West on a family vacation, we had left Las Vegas at dusk, driven through the desert, and arrived in Beverly Hills late at night with a movie star map, spotting the homes of Doris Day, James Stewart, Jack Benny, and then, Fred Astaire. There he was in person, in his garage, getting into his car with a date, then  backing out into the street. He rolled down his window, and hailed my father, who had slowed down to gawk. Are you lost? he asked. My father grabbed me and pulled me to the window. No, were not lost, but this is my son. He loves your movies! Growing up in Missisippi, I was star-struck, enthralled with Hollywood, and much later, captivated by the literature of LA, the noirish novels of James Cain, Horace McCoy, Raymond Chandler, and Nathaniel West that depicted the seedy collapse of the American dream at the Pacifics edge.

Stephen Hilger, a Brooklyn-based photographer, is a native of Los Angeles, for whom the typical myths of Hollywood glamour and film-noir intrigue have been peeled away to reveal a plain, nondescript place, sometimes lush, and a little run-down, its hints of commuter tedium and income disparity softened by radiant sunlight and bursts of color in unexpected places. Absent are any celebrities or tourists.

 The few figures who appear are laborers, and a homeless man wrapped in something that looks like a body bag, sleeping on a bench that advertises a medical provider. In making this work, Hilger drives the largest and longest streets from one part of the city to another, stopping along the way to observe the ever-unfolding spectacle that is daily life. His aim, he says, is to reveal elements of the complex character of the city of Los Angeles, at once magnificently beautiful and melancholic, anachronistic and mutable.

Like William Eggleston, Hilger finds the gospel in the random everyday. Color is an integral part of his work, whether its the splotch of blue paint on the white sidewall of a cottage, remnants of confetti found in a gutter, the blue of an obsolete telephone booth, or the green of an old newspaper box rhyming with a coral stripe on the curb. With a sense of humor, he depicts vernacular handmade signs, such as the one in front of a mom and pop drug store that promotes intestinal cleansers and cardiovascular support. For Hilger, the overriding concern is to illuminate the unseen and unknown moments that dent the Los Angeles metropolis in full. This is street photography in a place with empty sidewalks and endless boulevards. With an eye for detail and demographics, he manages to make the desolate feel specific, even familiar. Hilger is a photographer whose work traces historical memory in the social landscape. His most recent work, Los Angeles Boulevards, constructs an archive of visual motifs at the intersection of public and private spaces throughout Los Angeles.

 

By Allen Frame

BIOS

 Stephen Hilger has exhibited at venues including Los Angeles Contemporary Art Exhibitions; Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles; the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans; and Transmitter, Brooklyn. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Hilger is the author of the monograph Back of Town (SPQR Editions, 2016), the limited-edition publication BLVD (ROMAN NVMERALS, 2017), and his photographs have appeared in periodicals including New York Magazine and the New York Times. His writing about photography and contemporary art has appeared in Aperture’s PhotoBook Review and BOMB. Hilger received his B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Columbia University and was a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he is an Associate Professor in the Photography Department and he is also the Director of Education at the Gordon Parks Foundation.

Hilger was a Pratt Institute School of Art Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome during October 2018. This is his first exhibition in Italy.

Allen Frame is based in New York and represented by Gitterman Gallery in New York where his next solo exhibition will be in June, 2019. He is a winner of the 2017/2018 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, and recent work he made while in Rome was presented in the exhibition Innamorato at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 2018. His 2013 exhibition Dialogue with Bolaño was presented at the Museum of Art of the Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico, in 2014. His work has been included extensively in group shows since 1976. Detour, a compilation of  his photographs over a decade, was published by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg in 2001.

He has been the curator of numerous exhibitions, including Darrel Ellis at Art in General, in 1996, and In This Place at Art in General in 2004. In Rome, in 2018, he curated two photo exhibitions at ACTA International, Illusione Persistente and Fuggenti Figure. He is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Pratt Institute (MFA) and also teaches at the School of Visual Arts (BFA), and the International Center of Photography in New York. He graduated from Harvard University and grew up in Mississippi.

ACTA INTERNATIONAL

Direzione: Giovanna Pennacchi

dal martedì al sabato, ore 16 – 19,30

via Panisperna, 82/83

00184 Roma

tel 064742005

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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

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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 – Photographs 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