Giulia Cenci, Lek M. Gjeloshi, Giuseppe Locatelli
curated by Lelio Aiello
1 October – 25 October, 2013
opening on October 1 2013, h. 6.30 PM
The landing at F_AIR, School of Fine Arts, residency and gallery of Florence University of the Arts, of Giulia Cenci, Lek M. Gjeloshi, Giuseppe Locatelli, is somehow a circumstance for the checking of the status of their works and outcomes. They are among the most interesting young artists who graduated at Italian Academies of Fine Arts and at the NABA (Milan), and have already substantial and extraordinary curricula including, exhibition experiences, artistic residencies abroad, workshops with international artists.
In this exhibition they are presenting three projects that reflect on issues of a different nature, specifically thought and designed to interact with the space, in its own triple implication as an exhibition space, a residency and a school for artistic training. Florence University of the Arts warmly supports this event to confront the proposals of some emerging italian artists with those of its international students and to consolidate their reasons for pursuing the art career.
Giulia Cenci studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna; she currently lives in the Netherlands. She presents an installation originated from the concept of mimesis often tied to the traditional art techniques, as mainly practiced at the School of Fine Arts of Florence Univerity of the Arts. The installation also refers to a line from “The Waste Land” by T.S. Elliot: Those are pearls that were his eyes. Look!. The artistintends the phrase as an invitation to acutely observebeyond the surface of the reality around us. She has used this perceptual modality in Halfground, a previous installation made in the project room of Spazio A, a gallery in Pistoia. There, in the roomyet to be restored, a grazing light returned the grain the and textural irregularities of the walls, and brought out all the latent charm of the place. Here at F_AIR the work is less spectacular, dressed in irony and asks for more attention from the observer, since the visibility of the work is reduced to a minimum. It is a gesture of concealment of an entire wall with the color of the pearls, almost white on white, a sort of iridescent skin that embellishes all the particles of the wallwhile coating.
Lek M. Gjeloshi studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. At F_AIR he presents an installation titled Behind Blue Blue Eyes. It includes a recent video, Ich Will, where the symbol of the swastika and the three primary colors, through the action of the dripping, will deform all the semantic spectra of the past. Done without cutting and editing – techniques equivalent to the actions of the death for Pasolini – the video runs in a continuous stream, where the attempt to control the action (the pouring of the colors on the glass structure of the swastika) inevitably creates uncertainty. The place is an empty theater and these are the actions visible in the video. The use of the sound instead is the ultimate gesture with which Gjeloshi reads Ich will. The sound expands around the perimeter of the exhibition space and frees it from its usual clarifying role respect to the movement of the video. This causes therefore a dyslexia between the two languages (video and the sound), which are no longer related to the same source and at the same time frame.
Giuseppe Locatelli studied Painting and Visual Arts at NABA in Milan with Marcello Maloberti. In the context of this exhibition he investigates and questions the interpretation of the physical space by presenting an installation including familiar elements to our everyday life: a white empty cabinet of furniture, houseplants, and a photograph. Presented in a way which alters their meaning, Locatelli’s objects seem docile, normally reassuring the intimacy of the spaces we inhabit. Their arrangement in the space (first intimate, then public), allows us the observation from many points of view. The white cabinet, empty inside becomes a retreat, a place of intimacy that welcomes the artist’s intervention made of natural elements; the houseplants are reinterpreted through a minimal gesture, which reassembles the elements according to an orderly growing succession, the unnatural rhythm questions its sense; the photograph has a performative and narrative approach, referring to an action really accomplished by the artist.
Giulia Cenci was born in Cortona in 1988. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and she is currently studying in the Netherlands. Among the solo and group recent exhibitions we would like to mention: Default, curated by Anthony Grulli, Gaff, Farnè Spazio, Milan; Halfground, Next Spazio A, Spazio A, Pistoia;Ni Dieu Ni Maitre, curated by Andrea Burned, Galleria Massimo de Luca, Mestre; Differenti Attitudini,curated by Robert Daolio, Vero Stoppioni Museum, Santa Sofia, Forlì; Corso Aperto, XVIII final exhibition, Advanced Course in Visual Arts, Visiting Professor Liliana Moro, curated by Andrea Lissoni, Antonio Ratti Foundation, Como;Casabianca,curated by Anteo Radovan, Bologna; cartabianca_bologna, curated by Silvia Cini, Massimo Marchetti, Anna Santomauro, Roberto Daolio, Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Genoa. In 2012 she took was an artist in residence at HIAP of Helsinki. Giulia Cenci is one of the founders of INTERNO 4, a project which promotes young Italian and international artists.
Lek M. Gjeloshi was born in 1987 in Shkoder (Albania). After an initial artistic training in Shkodra (Albania), he moved to Florence, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. Gjeloshi has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Fuori Posto,curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno 2013; Lontano da dove, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi, Pelago, 2012; Italianitudine, curated by Paolo Toffolutti, Spac, Udine; Souk, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, EX3 Contemporary Art Center, Florence, 2011; Private flat # 7: Beyond the line,curated by A. Accocella, A. Gallicchio, E. Magini, Florence; Timecutter, curated by Pantani-Surace, Die Mauer Gallery, Prato;M. Mulliqi Prize, GAK – National Gallery of Prishtina, Kosovo; DoubleBind,curated by Valerio Dehò and Andi Telepena, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, 2010; Back to the Present,curated by Elisa Del Prete, Mac’n, Pistoia, 2009; Ardhje ’09: Satellite Event of Tirana Biennial, Zeta Gallery, Tirana, Albania; Tools for revolution or just for sale,by Giacomo Bazzani, Villa Romana, Florence, 2008; Spazio Comune,curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, 2007 In-dependence, curated by Elsa Martini, GKA – National Gallery in Tirana, Albania, 2007; Integration & Conflict,curated by Giacomo Bazzani, Cantieri Goldonetta, Florence, 2007.
Giuseppe Locatelli studied Visual Arts at NABA, Milan, with the renown artist Marcello Maloberti. Locatelli has participated in several group exhibitions: (2009) Time Machine,curated by Marco Scotini, Nabasite, Milan; Mi Abitano che io Abito, Spazio Sottobosco, Milan. (2010) Non Ancora Trovato, curated by Luca Vitone, NABA, Milan; Not Feeling at Home, curated by Stefano Boccalini, Artra, Milan; Mirrorman, curated by Marcello Maloberti Neon / Campobase, Bologna. (2011) Adventures in a Miniature Landscapes, Log Gallery, Bergamo. (2012) Stracrepaccio Paradise, curated by Marcello Maloberti, Il Crepaccio restaurant, Milan; Macerie, curated by Andrea Mineo, Atelier dei Principi, Palermo. In 2010, he held the workshop The Wood in the City, part of the project Ama Foreste, curated by Italo Rota and Alessandro Guerriero, NABA, Milan.