In Memoriam - opening

The death and the memory of those who left us are the themes of the exhibition.

Werther Germondari, Who Loved Desiderio, 2008, still from the video

Werther Germondari, Who Loved Desiderio, 2008, still from the video

Please note: after the opening day, the exhibition will only be visible between October 29th and the end of November 2nd, and by appointment only.

Artists: Neno Belchev, Laís Catalano Aranha, Roy Ferré, Werther Germondari, John Graham, Julian Harper, Nari Hong, Vincenzo Monticelli Cuggiò, Mauricio Sanhueza, il7-Marco Settembre, José Simões, Milan Zulic.

il7-Marco Settembre reading at 7PM

The death and the memory of those who are no longer among us are the main themes of this exhibition. The loss of someone or a past that is dear to us is treated with very different means and intentions, and with very poetic approaches. But, among the works of the twelve artists present, to dissolve the funereal climate, we also find surreal, political and desecrating works. All as always coming from the OGA Collection.

Neno Belchev (Varna, Bulgaria, 1971). Graduated from the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Belchev works as video artist and filmmaker as well as in the fields of performance, installation, sculpture, new media and independent curator. Neno has participated in a wide range of solo and group, national and international exhibitions. His task as an artist is to look through the cover of things in their real essence. To provoke the people to see how of front of their own eyes their own world is changing. He uses very often humour, beside that in the other hand I take my art very seriously.

Laís Catalano Aranha (Sao Paolo, Brazil, 1986) is an emerging artist working primarily on lens-based mediums such as photography, video and multimedia art. Her mains research is directed to the exchange of artistic languages and how they can influence one another to create interdisciplinary works. Dance, music and performance have great influence on her creative process. The work in the exhibition, 'this side up', is a research on fragility and its impact as a driving force of human life, from research, personal experiences and the text of Jean Claude Carriere.

Roy Ferré (Calver City, USA, 1983) is an american filmmaker. In ‘Stalemate’, the work in the exhibition, a man finds himself in a strange run down house in the middle of the desert. He heads out to find answers to where he is. But the answer to his question is not what he was expecting.  After waking up in an abandoned house, a man wanders through the surrounding desert and realizes that he may be stuck in purgatory. Co star in the shortfilm is the actor Winston De Lugo, who was Captain Timothy in the television series 'Star Trek', for many years.

Werther Germondari (Rimini, Italy, 1963) Visual artist, performer and filmmaker. Interested in innovative experimental dynamics that are neo-conceptual and situational, characterized by a taste for the ironic and surreal, Germondari has experimented for 35 years through many different expressive media (from painting to installations, photography to film, videos to live performance). Germondari's works have also been shown in solo exhibitions where he focuses on hidden elements highlighted in styles. In 2013 he founded the Ospizio Giovani Artisti.

Julian Harper (Indianapolis, USA, 1994) Group exhibitions (selection, 2018), all in Provo, Utah, USA, where he lives and works: “Art-ificial Lemonade Stand”, Provo Art Stroll; BYU Annual Student Show, Gallery 303; Annual Mayhew Show, BF Larsen Gallery; The Box Show, Provo City Library and Anderson Art Gallery; B66 Show, BF Larsen Gallery; Immigration/Imagination video fest and exhibition, VCFA and Pitzer College –curated by Việt Lê and Luis Jacob. ‘Flying to Tony’, the work in the exhibition, wants to be ‘a reverent glimpse into memory, memorial, and mourning’.

Nari Hong (Seoul, Korea, 1984) worked as a graphic designer in Seoul before falling in love with the process of making art by hand. When she studied design in London, she started to draw her inside story. She is now not only a graphic designer, but also an illustrator, printmaker, and author of children's book. And as her first animation is released in 2018, she became a filmmaker as well. Her first book, Don't be sorry, Dad! (Days with Dad) has been published in USA, Korea, Singapore, and Germany. Now she is working on a picture book with the film.

Mauricio Sanhueza (Lima, Peru,1978) studied at the University of Lima from 1996 until 2000. He then continued his studies at the Lima visual arts school, graduating in 2006 with top honors. Since 2004 he has participated in several collective art exhibits and festivals in Peru and abroad. Mauricio's videos have been screened at many international video-art and experimental short-film festivals and have won many awards. This work, in a sarcastic way, makes the audience thought how Hollywood has transformed reality in such a way that a national tragedy as the president’s assassination becomes mere entertainment when come through the mass media and advertising.

Vincenzo Monticelli Cuggiò (Napoli, Italy, 1969) Debuts in 2006 in Galleria Gallerati with an intimate research in abstract style; he then directs his own conceptual path to the urban context interpreted in an objective key. Since 2010 he has made exclusively unique pieces, without any proof of author, conceived as non-replicable creatures exposed to the irreversibility of real dynamics. In Galleria Gallerati he was sworn and reviewer for some competitions. Since 2013 he has also been a stage photographer and documents installations and performative events.

John Graham (Saskatoon, Canada, 1946) is a multidisciplinary artist. John started his professional creative life by studying architecture and working as an architect. He later shifted his artistic focus to study and create visual art in multiple media. His ever-diversifying art practice includes print media, artist’s books, drawing, painting, installations, and independent filmmaking. His artwork has been acquired by numerable public and private art collections, like the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the National Bank of Canada and the New York Public Library. And his films are in many collections, like the National Film Board of Canada.

Milan Zulic (Sombor, Serbia, 1972). Award winning multimedia artist, he showed his paintings, sculptures, photography, video and extended media since 1992 on 32 solo exhibitions and more then 200 international art collectives. “Circle of life is my old grandma’s lace which I did unlaced, part by part, and each part of the lace scanned to make them, digitally in a moving line and make from it a new lace, but with a new technology. This is a story of my contact with my ancestors, and the circle of life of each of us”. (M.Z.)