New Shores: F_AIR Landings

Christiana Caro, Lukáš Machalický, Nicolas Müller, Kali Nikolou, Maria Raponi,
plus Faith Barton and Kevin Ivester

Curated by Lucia Giardino and Tiziana Landra

Novemebr 8 – November 16, 2012

In occasion of the conference “Florence in Italy and Abroad: from Vespucci to contemporary innovators”, in honor of the city’s dedication of the year to explorer Amerigo Vespucci, FUA – Florence University of Art presents New Shores: F_AIR Landings, a retrospective exhibition of F_AIR’s year and a half activity, from May 2011 to this present Fall 2012.

Dating back to the 19th century Prix de Rome, the AIR (Artist in Residence) programs have been experiencing an international boom in very recent years. They have increased the mobility of the artists who, by traveling, have become interpreters and seers of today’s world. Florence, a perennial destination for Renaissance-inspired artists has been excluded from the dialogue on contemporary visual art and culture. Through AIR, such as the one offered by F_AIR, Florence can renew its contemporary appeal for artists/explorers who navigate the route of creativity to land on the shore of production.

The works on display, which differ in nature and media, as well as in tensions of each individual, envision the hypothesis of a possible positive future. The belief that via art and nontraditional thinking, world could improve, redefining crucial concepts such as ethics, politics, economy, morality, environments.

On show works by artists Christiana Caro, Lukáš Machalický, Nicolas Müller, Kali Nikolou, and Maria Raponi, plus by two special guests at F_AIR: Faith Barton and Kevin Ivester, art students at FUA in 2012.

The conference “Florence in Italy and Abroad: from Vespucci to contemporary innovators” is a collaboration between SUNI Stony Brook, and sQuola, the center for Contemporary Italian Studies of Florence University of the Arts.

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