Preview: Thursday, September 7 h. 18 – 21
Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 h. 17 – 23
Sunday, September 10 h. 11 – 23
Palazzo Atelié, via Maestra 56
10090 San Raffaele Cimena Alto (TO)
Palazzo Atelié presents All About Here, a solo exhibition by the duo Federica Patera & Andrea Sbra Perego.
The exhibition, the result of the residency program held at Palazzo Atelié since March 2023, is a journey through the work of the two artists, with works that belong to different projects and periods, combining writing and visual art through Fiber Art. The choice of fabric as the main medium stems from the need to give texture to the writing, to understand what material could represent it and should be used if one wanted to touch it.
Writing – stories in particular – and fabric have always shared a lexicon (the plot, the thread of discourse, the weave), but there is also a deeper and more symbolic motivation, which highlights the relationship between materials and spatio-temporal coordinates. While fabric is used for habitation by nomadic peoples so that they have the ability to move around, writing requires a sequential type of fruition, that is, one that mounts one word after another, scrolling across the page; it is not possible to perceive a piece of writing with an overview.
Similarly, this type of approach, mobile, belongs to the work of art, whose vitality is not limited to a time and place; it does not run out, it keeps calling.
On display are a number of large installations, such as “The Quietest and Most Far-sighted Attention,” a tunnel of words that intertwine and narrate the union of the sacred and justice, covering the bodies of the people who pass through it like impromptu tattoos, and “Serious Iocari,” which owes its title to the book of the same name by Ioan Petru Culianu, an innovative historian of religions of the 20th century, who believed that the mystery of creation resides in its playful character. And play is precisely the formal hallmark of the installation, with its soft, colorful strands that, like roads of infinite coordinates, wind around each other as they lead the viewer through a linguistic itinerary to discover the verbal link between the sun and one of its most ancient theophanies, the swan.
Along with them will be smaller works, capable of evoking the most hidden detail, highlighting the most remote connections, and deciphering a narrative of life from a single verbal root.
Federica Patera and Andrea Sbra Perego’s artworks have been shown in solo exhibitions by art galleries, such as Raffaella De Chirico Arte Contemporanea in Turin and Manuel Zoia Gallery in Milan, and at art fairs such as ArtVerona and WOP Art Fair in Lugano (CH). In 2021 they were finalists for the Cramum Prize. Between October 2022 and January 2023 they participated in the World Textile Biennale – Italian Act, a series of three exhibitions promoted by ArteMorbida Textile Art Magazine and curated by Barbara Pavan. In January 2023 they took part in their first exhibition in New York at the Ivy Brown Gallery, with whom they began a collaboration. In June 2023 one of the works from the “Roots” series was acquired by the Civic Art Collections of Palazzo Marliani Cicogna (Varese), and in September one of their large installations will become part of the permanent collection of the Janina Monkuté-Marks Museum in Lithuania.