May – October 2022
Ca’ Foscari University
|| Venice ||
Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage Venice
Coordination by Prof. Silvia Burini
Program of four meetings for the knowledge and dissemination of the research of Italian artists
Giulia Piscitelli (Naples, 1965, where she lives and works)
The first appointment on the calendar presents the artist Giulia Piscitelli (Naples, 1965) in dialogue with Silvia Burini, lecturer in History of Art at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University, and Adriana Rispoli, art critic and coordinator of the Public Program of the exhibition Storia della Notte e Destino delle Comete (History of Night and Destiny of Comets), a work by Gian Maria Tosatti, curated by Eugenio Viola.
Giulia Piscitelli is a multimedia artist whose poetics is linked to the everyday, to waste, to what the distracted and hurried eye usually underestimates and overlooks with indifference. The artist transforms objects, images, or even moments of personal memory within an intimate poetics charged with a disruptive humanity. His research is often inspired by the social, economic and cultural geography of his hometown, Naples, such as the work Italsider/Collant (1994), a series of photographs that ‘portray’ the former steelworks of Bagnoli, a ‘terminal patient’ that the artist has observed and still observes from his close-up.
Andrea Mastrovito (Bergamo, 1978, lives between Bergamo and New York)
On Friday 15 July, at 5 p.m., at CFZ – Ca’ Foscari Zattere, the cycle of conversations open to the public entitled “ART TALKS” resumes with artist Andrea Mastrovito (1978, Italy, lives and works between Bergamo and New York) in dialogue with Matteo Bertelé, associate professor in History of Contemporary Art at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, on the concept of reworking history through art and in particular the practice of drawing.
Andrea Mastrovito uses drawing as a tool to investigate reality, distorting the visual process through the reinvention of techniques, materials and entire environments. The main purpose of his work is to create infinite cross-references and semantic connections between opposing concepts: life/death, light/dark, sacred/dark, history/actuality.
Exploring drawing as a copy, trace, imprint, metamorphosis, negation and performative act, Mastrovito reworks and reinterprets our time without bowing to ethical or political conventions, understanding the medium as a language opposed to writing, of which it represents the origin and the end: a sort of direct mediator between the world of ideas and that of reality.