21.10 — 20.11 20
21.10 — 20.11 20
Not at First Glance
International Centre of Graphic Arts Ljubljana
curated by Aurora Fonda
and text by Matilde Galletti
21.10 – 20.11.2020
A plus A Gallery is pleased to announce Not At First Glance, the forthcoming solo show by Silvia Mariotti, curated by Aurora Fonda, at the International Center of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.
The project is realised in collaboration with A plus A Gallery, Venice and financially supported by the Municipality of Ljubljana.
The exhibition is made up of impressive settings inspired by nature and the worlds linked to it. Reality and fiction are intertwined so as to give space to the reinterpretation of the places in our imagination. Thus the real landscapes and the landscapes beyond either seek linkages between past and present or simply mislead us into an illusion that they exist.
The journey created through the Aria buia therefore stems from a connection with the real world, describing abstract and green layers while at the same time concealing tragic events of the people of the past in the darkest corners of the world.
Archaic attraction to nature directs my interest to a metaphorical journey that transcends from a tangible reality to an imaginative level thus creating a non-existent landscape on the verge of reality: Boutade.
The new image comes to life in the work series Night Volumes through the synthesis of shapes and dark tones of colors merging into an essential abstraction of Gauzy green, where reflections and translucency interlink with light and almost simulate an image imprinted upon the retina of the eye.
Silvia Mariotti was born in 1980, lives and works in Milan. In March 2005 she graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino (IT) and in 2008 in Visual Arts. The main focus of her research is the analysis of an environment from a sociological as well as a historical point of view.
Through photography and its several possible representations, she tries to find the existing links in reality, providing the image, suggestions and the experience of emotions. In 2013, she won the first prize in the X edition of the Celeste Award for photography.
In 2016 she was selected for FAAP’s artistic residency in São Paulo and was a finalist in the IX edition of the Talent Prize in Rome. In 2017 she was selected for another residency program in São Paulo, Uberbau House. She exhibited in various galleries and public spaces, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lissone, the Fabbri Foundation of Pieve di Soligo (IT), Villa Manin in Passariano (IT), the Macro Museum in Rome and Palazzo Ducale of Urbino. In 2019, she was chosen as winner of the Level 0 prize by GNAM (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome) at the art fair Art Verona.