Silvia Beccaria – Ascoltare anche ciò che manca

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Riccardo Costantini Contemporary
via Goito 8, Turin

curated by Olga Gambari
June 8 – July 29, 2023
opening: thursday, june 8, 2023 – h. 18:00
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Turin, Thursday 8 June at 6 p.m., the Riccardo Costantini Contemporary gallery presents ‘Ascoltare anche ciò che manca’ (Listening also to what is missing), a solo exhibition by Silvia Beccaria. 

Taken together, the works on show constitute a long tale from 2020 to the present day. Three cycles united by the material of paper, the creative process of warp and weft, with which she constructs “texts” that express emotional states, accusations and stories, together to be shared and exorcised.

They are series that bear witness to a personal and collective story of arrests and restarts, of dismay and hope, marked first by a pandemic, which revolutionised, or should have done so, the vision of the world and its values, of the individual and the community, and then by a war.

The title of the exhibition is a line taken from Mariangela Gualtieri’s poem Noi tutti non siamo soli (We are all not alone), which seems to translate the intimate feeling of Silvia Beccaria’s work into lyric poetry.

The artist, by instinct, creates true psychogeographies of papers, literally breaking the surface of the page with her hands, be it a map, a book, a musical score, a drawing. She fragments it into paper strips, segments of a new material that she kneads, weaves and transforms into visual and narrative threads. Silvia tears, removes, interrupts. She silences the official, staged story to allow other echoes to emerge through the lack, the fracture. She creates interferences, faults from which whispers, evanescences, vapours arise. Listening to what is missing. The understanding between all that is silent (another line from Mariangela Gualtieri’s poem). Hers is in fact a recomposition, a search for that invisible material that emerges from the tears, from the plots that unhinge orders to create others. Hybrids of written, printed, painted papers.

A question of roots, like those of the planet’s plants, which, hidden by the earth’s crust, are united in a network made up of mycelia, a great interconnected community. Like an infinite and vital embroidery of elements in the process of becoming, taking in sometimes opposing fragments and recomposing them in a universal design. Silvia Beccaria is inspired by this ideal image.

Silvia Beccaria lives and works in Turin.

She is a visual artist who uses weaving as an expressive medium. After a degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Art Therapy at the University of Turin, she began her studies under the guidance of the Dutch artist Martha Nieuwenhuijs.

For many years she developed didactic projects using art as a tool for rehabilitation and education and collaborated with the Education Department of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art.

Silvia’s project stems from the art of weaving, which contains, in its deepest meaning, the concept of writing and storytelling. Weaving is in fact the art of composing a plot as one does with a pen on a sheet of paper….

Silvia creates installations and sculptures. Her works are present in private and public collections including: Fondazione Garuzzo, La Castiglia Saluzzo; Collezione civica di Fiber art Trame d’Autore-Città di Chieri; Collezione civica arte contemporanea-Città di Moncalieri.

She has participated in various exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including: Triennale Design Museum (Milan); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin); Casina delle Civette-Musei di Villa Torlonia (Rome); Center for the Arts-Casa Colombo (Jersey City, NJ, USA); Museo delle Mura Aureliane (Rome); Palazzo Collicola-Arti Visive (Spoleto, Perugia); Museo Antiquarium Parra Oppidum degli Orobi, (Parre, Bergamo); Misp-Museo Arte del XX e XXI secolo (St. Petersburg, Russia); Museo del Setificio Piemontese Il Filatoio (Caraglio, Cuneo); Convento São Francisco (Coimbra, Portugal).