Juliet Art Magazine

March 7, 2022

“Zouwu”, Helena Hladilová: the role of tale

The exhibition Zouwu is the first solo show by Helena Hladilová at SpazioA, in Pistoia. Opened on January 29th, 2022, the expositive project testifies to a new transformed and far-sighted vision in the artist’s practice, dictating unprecedented rhythms, narratives and outcomes. The show will be on view until March 12, 2022.

Helena Hladilová, Tanuki, 2021, White Carrara marble and watercolor, cm 18,5 x 26 x 3. Courtesy SpazioA, Photo Camilla Maria Santini

"Installed at different heights, these artworks seem to follow the plot of a children’s tale, where the spatial-temporal coordinates thicken and tangle, and the metamorphosis is a constant. The narration sucks the viewer into its whirlpool of a sometimes-primordial wonder, who finds himself chasing the thread of history of the illustrations that Hladilová puts us on our path and that fragment the gait with the repeated opening of new windows. At the same time the plots force us to continue pursued by a desire for discovery and curiosity."

© Caterina Fondelli

January 10, 2022

“Hydra Decapita” by Dominique White: materiality, an instrument of trasformation and ribirth

“Hydra Decapita”, the new Dominique White’s solo exhibition, opened on November 12, 2021 at VEDA, Florence, anticipated by a monographic presentation during the last edition of Artissima fair in Turin. The show will be on view until January 15, 2022.

Hydra Decapita, by Dominique White, 2021. Installation views at VEDA, Florence. Courtesy the
artist and VEDA, Florence. Photo: Flavio Pescatori

"These bodies that rise from the gallery space, engender paths and other worlds in which to immerse oneself, become something from which one cannot escape, a sort of undertow that lures in itself and forces to be seen in all its “brutal” splendour. By carrying out an activity of recovery and exposure to decay on commodities secularly linked to exploitation and domination, Dominique White celebrates and pays homage to Blackness, consciously avoiding a position of power with respect to the object of art and materials it is made up of."

© Caterina Fondelli

November 26, 2021

Superblast at Manifattura Tabacchi: a project of contemporary fluidity

“Superblast” (composto da sùper, «sopra», e da -blasto, «germe») indica qualcosa di grande, che debba ancora vedere luce. Da questi presupposti nasce la prima edizione del progetto di residenze promosso da NAM – Not a Museum, il programma per l’arte contemporanea di Manifattura Tabacchi, Firenze, con una call internazionale per artisti e un focus tematico incentrato sulla multidisciplinarietà e sostenibilità. 

Federica Di Pietrantonio, Not So Far Away, Courtesy Manifattura Tabacchi, Firenze, Photo Leonardo Morfini

"These kinds of projects deserve particular praise: they are essential and a natural consequence of the hybrid and fluid contemporary reality we are immersed in."

© Caterina Fondelli

August 11, 2021

Ali Banisadr. Beautiful Lies at Palazzo Vecchio and Museo Stefano Bardini in Florence

The solo show “Beautiful Lies” by Ali Banisadr (1976, Teheran) in Florence is part of the project known as Museo Novecento OFF, presenting a great event for international contemporary art world outside of the museum spaces.

Ali Banisadr, Beautiful Lies, installation view at Museo Stefano Bardini, Courtesy Museo Stefano Bardini and Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze, Photo Serge Domingie

"As a result of a life lived both in an inner and a collective way, his “worldscapes”, where figuration and abstract meet and balance each other, spread a rhythmic energy of intertwined sounds and colors. The creation of a restless motion and metamorphosis does not allow any focal point or hierarchy to emerge in his composition, instead produces a structural complexity and a multiplicity of figures that overlap and blend until fulfilling a harmony typical of orchestras."

© Caterina Fondelli