The Promenade Gallery presents its new program, which will include personal and collective projects mainly with pieces from emerging artists. On show works by Gaia Fugazza, Alessandro Mancassola & Barbara Ceriani Basilico, Bruno Muzzolini, Fani Zguro. The installations consists of 3 videos with sound, projected in loop, on a screen, or on a wall in a dark room.
The Promenade Gallery is an ambitious project, which started in 2007 in order to promote contemporary art in Albania. Starting in September 2009, the gallery will present its new program for 2009/2010 season, which will include personal and collective projects mainly with pieces from emerging artists. The Promenade Gallery does not aim to be only a centre for contemporary arts, but its ambition is to coordinate interesting art projects inside as well as outside Albania. As such, the Promenade Gallery is determined to keep an open mind towards all arousing proposals. On show works by Gaia Fugazza, Alessandro Mancassola & Barbara Ceriani Basilico, Bruno Muzzolini, Fani Zguro.
MANCASSOLA CERIANI BASILICO
We met Roye Lee in the streets of central Milan and we have listened to his voice singing and telling unbelievable stories. After 35 years lived as a clochard he has returned on stage (teatro Out-Off, Milan), alone, with his emotions and his blues and country songs. The video is a fragment showing, through gazes, gestures and lyrics, a life to the extreme, an uncontrollable energy: this is our portrait of Roye Lee.
No statement . . .
"Men Looking" is one of the images from artist's photo-reportage of Eurosatory Paris 2008, the international Army Fair. Because of security reasons the access to this event was restricted only to invited guests from the defense industry. The artists portraits the investors and the soldiers in their efforts to create a contest to present their products. Only men between men from the same field, a documentarist image of this representation of technological innovation, plans and power (Gaia Fugazza)
The video Anema e core (2008) represents the nucleus of this exploration. Set in a volcanic area of Iceland, the video features the volcanologist Gudmundur Eggertsson, against a desolate landscape of black rock and wind singing Anema e core, an icon of the canzone napoletana which has always been one of the great passions of this energetic Northern character. Eyes closed and earphones in, Eggertsson sings softly, apparently in a world of his own, unaware of the bleak beauty of the natural world around him. His singing seems to give him the force to withstand the violent gusts of wind that sweep the landscape and billow out his clothes.
In “Selfportrait” the artist seems to be following the late Rembrandt’s track, when the lack of models left him working by himself. The room where it was shot is incredibly dark, and the same lone tiny red light allow the camera to capture the artist’s still nose, forehead and hair. The screen displays nothing but the portait of the artist lost in the darkness suffused in red. The picture is still, with almost nothing happening. The sound is cut out of the footage. “Selfportait” seems to be a single frame, albeit being a video-loop lasting several minutes. The strong sense of intimacy it shows is not meant to represent man’s dark side, its solitude or its sense of guilt, but the sublime moments of intimacy and reflection, the silent form of being.
1 TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKS
The installations consists of three videos with sound, projected in loop, on a screen, or on a wall in a dark room. The rooms are isolated from the sound of ouside.
Opening 20 September 2009
The Promenade Gallery
Blvd. Cameria skele uji i ftohte L. Pavaresia, Vlore
opening: Tue-Sat 10am-8pm
Summer Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-7pm until July 17th