Event DetailsNovember 12, 2021, 11:00AM – December 26, 2021, 8:00PM
Mishkenot Sha'ananim Cultural Center - Gallery Dwek, JerusalemHa-Tsayar Ya'akov Shteinardt St
Ugo Nespolo, Valerio Berruti, Danielle Feldhaker, Patrizia Colombo, Nouli Omer, Paolo Spinoglio, Tobia Rava’, Riccardo Gusmaroli, Dado Schapira, Gioacchino Alvente, Francesca Duscia’, Aqua Aura, Adi Kichelmacher, Edgardo Giorgi, Carla Chiusano, Diane Henin Safra, Arie Berkowitz, Maya Smira
Curators: Ermanno Tedeschi and Vera Pilpoul
The exhibition Voyage Around My Room is inspired by Xavier De Maistre’s novel in which he believes that a person can find his happiness without leaving his room; All he needs is books, artwork, and especially ideas that will fill his head. The space of the room is revealed as an infinite world in which man realizes his true freedom. The curators Ermanno Tedeschi and Vera Pilpoul address the conditions we all lived in during the lockdown imposed by the pandemic and aims to tell the story of the difficulties each of us struggled with.
Italian curator Ermanno Tedeschi asked several prominent Italian artists to work on the theme of the room, the sensation of them enclosed within four walls. The resulting works are interesting, surprising, and versatile.
Privacy, autonomy and self-expression, intimacy, imagination, are key points of reference to the exhibition works created by international contemporary Italian and Israeli artists. The exhibition attempts to initiate a new discourse on the notion of room and personal space, affected by the constant changes in our relationship with the environment and technology, in continuation to the discussion that originated in classic literature.
Some artists played with light, others simply described themselves. Some used color, others black and white: everyone told a story about how they lived in their own way.
Artists interpreted concepts of room, solitude, emptiness. For example, Tobia Ravà describes a surreally empty Venice, and Carla Chiusano’s empty chair suggests a feeling of abandonment. Arie Berkowitz creates a capsule that represents a condensed domestic space. Maya Smira “travels” to foreign faraway places projected onto her own body leaning against her room’s wall
We find a sense of loneliness in the solitary, homely figures of Patrizia Colombo’s watercolors or in the delicate little girl of Valerio Berruti, or in the undefined figures of Paolo Spinoglio.
The anxiety of Aqua Aura’s photographs dialogues with Edgardo Maria Giorgi’s observer, who looks through a hole and is illuminated by it, like a ray of hope. Many characters look out of the little windows of Riccardo Gusmaroli’s apartment blocks, but they are all lonely figures, they do not seem to dialogue with each other.
The artists not only interpreted their loneliness at home: Ugo Nespolo, for example, saw himself alone in a museum: the artist’s house is pervaded by loneliness where usually many people wander around the exhibition rooms. Adi Kichelmacher, on the other hand, represented the search for herself in her drawers of memory, making explicit her inner journey. Dianne Henin Safra captures the interior domestic sphere with mysterious colors at dusk and Nouli Omer’s embroideries depict condensed emotional everyday moments in the domestic life of a couple.
Francesca Duscià, on the contrary, expanded her horizon up to a projection of her ego in the sidereal space.
Dado Schapira’s reflection, on the other hand, focuses on the juxtaposition of two chairs that represent waiting for someone and the hope of being able to share one’s solitude. Danielle Feldhaker creates conceptual architectural compositions semitransparent that seem like islands that survived a Tsunami leaving behind letters of farewell and memories.