Thursday 5 April 2018

DIPLOMATIC ART 2017, 3rd edition (3)

DIPLOMATIC ART 2017 / 2018, 3rd edition


Home and resettlement (3)

Exhibition SANDRO BRACCHITTA (Italia) - opening in april 5th 2018, 18.00 h, at Galeria Pygmalion, Timișoara, curator Maria Orosan-Telea.

The Diplomatic Art exhibition series that started in 2014 continues with the 2017-2018 edition, including several events dedicated to Italy (which opened the first consulate in Timisoara, in 1922). The first phase of the project took place in July 2017 - a study-tour conducted by the Prin Banat Association with the anthropologist Francesco Marano (Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Matera) and the artist Sandro Bracchitta (Accademia di Belli Arti, Palermo) on a route described by Francesco Griselini in his book Attempt of Political and Natural History of Timisoara’s Banat. The two residencies offered by the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Timisoara, at the proposal of the Diplomatic Art Association, were occasioned by the 300th anniversary of Francesco Griselini’s birth. With a strong interdisciplinary approach, the two artistic events (Francesco Marano's exhibition in November 2017

and Sandro Bracchitta’s exhibition in the spring of 2018) organized as a result of the two residencies are situated at the confluence of anthropology and contemporary art. The theme proposed is based on the concept of "home" (casa) in relation to "resettlement" (trasloco).

Starting from the premise that "home" represents a mix of experiences and feelings that relate to a certain place and to certain persons, the two exhibitions will approach particular aspects and connections between stability and uprooting. What makes you leave your home in order to re-organize your life elsewhere? When does a totally foreign place become “home”? How does this happen today and how did it happen in the past? The two particular cases that these artistic events will bring to question are related to the current population of an area in Southern Italy and the Italian colonists settled in Banat at the end of the 18th century.

Sandro Bracchitta

One of the most common motifs used by SANDRO BRACCHITTA in his works is that of the house, which for the artist is a symbolic space for refuge and protection. His hermetic houses, without doors or windows could be interpreted as stable marks in vast, unstructured universes. Referring to their significance, the artist speaks of "the eternal search for protection against chaos." The houses preserve in their walls and objects the memories of those who have lived there. They were silent witnesses of happiness and pain, of intimate love and of shattered dreams.

Sandro Bracchitta’s houses appear recurrently in his engravings and paintings, but also in three-dimensional form as installations which enter into a subtle dialog with the exhibition space where they are placed. (Maria Orosan-Telea, curator)

Pioggia, 2009

Casa e ciotola, 2008

Semi, 2015

Tre case, 2014

Equilibrium B, 2009

 Casa e ciotola, 2008

Ciprian Chirileanu, Andreea Medinski, Sandro Bracchitta, 
Monica Pavel (from Honorary Consulate of Italy)

Casa migrante, 2018, instalation, detail

Casa migrante, 2018, instalation, detail

Casa migrante, 2018, performance

Casa migrante, 2018, performance

What characterizes Sandro Bracchitta as the engraver is the color. Its engravings have a pictorial look, with vibrant surfaces that apply strong, contrasting, very stimulating tones to the eyes. Perhaps his training as a painter (at the Academia di Belle Arti in Florence) speaks his word here. Also, the large dimensions they work on are impressive, considering the bridge technique (cold needle) used.

The exhibition in Timisoara includes engravings from the period 2009-2016, having as a common point a recurrent laitmotif in the work of Bracchitta, namely, that of the house. The house is for the artist a symbolic space for refuge and protection. These hermetic structures, without doors or windows, capturing contour on amorphous backgrounds, become stable landmarks in vast, unstructured universes. Referring to their significance, the artist speaks of "the eternal search for protection against chaos." The houses preserve the memories of those who have lived in their walls and objects. They were silent witnesses of happiness and pain, of intimate love and of shattered dreams.

Bracchitta's response to the challenge of Diplomatic Art on the concept of "house" and "home" is perfectly synthesized by the installation that he made specifically for the Pygmalion exhibition and which we can therefore call an artistic intervention site-specific. A string of gold-plated houses are placed on the wall of the gallery to suggest an exodus, a population movement that starts downwards, rises but goes down. It's the journey to find out better, but it can end in disappointment, just as it can end in fulfillment. This is because home is not an outdoor place, but rather a mood. Along with this symbolic arc of golden houses, the artist disposed a wooden crate, which in turn contains a golden foil house. This solid carcase is the one that served to transport part of the exhibition from Ragusa to Timisoara. The artist fitted wheels, turning it into a moving object that could be walked through gallery space to symbolically preserve the idea of ​​transfer and movement. The functional object thus turns into a conceptual object.

Maria Orosan Telea

Timisoara, April 5th, 2018

Sandro Bracchitta (b. 1966, studied in Florence where he attended the Course of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, getting his degree in 1990; in the same year he began working as a painter and engraver. He was invited to several outstanding national and international exhibitions such as the International Triennial of Engraving, Kanagawa, Japan, the 'Triennial Graphics Exhibition' in Tallin (Estonia), the '4 th Sapporo International Biennial' in Japan, he 'Beijing Ex Libris International Show' in the People’s Republic of China, the Cracow Triennial Engraving Exhibition in Poland etc.
His works were exhibeted in the 54th Venice Biennale and in the permanent collection of Uffizi Cabinet of Drawings and Prints.
He lives and works in Ragusa, where he manages a big engraving studio and he teaches at the  Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo.

More images of the opening - facebook Diplomatic Art Asoc


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