Loris Cecchini | Moataz Nasr
January – April 2012
Carlotta Pesce is delighted to present a double personal show of artists represented by Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Bejing, Le Moulin, in her Studio in via D’Azeglio 42, Bologna, Italy.
The exhibition is a latest appointment in the series of exhibitions involving a different internationally renowned art gallery each year, inaugurated in 2010 with Encounter with Lia Rumma Naples, Milan and followed in 2011 with Encounter with Giò Marconi, Milan.
Loris Cecchini, an Italian artist who is emerging internationally and Moataz Nasr, an Egyptian artist who is acclaimed on a global level, play a protagonistic role in this new Encounter with Galleria Continua. This exhibition continues the investigation of artists born in the 60’s and 70’s, who are already well-known and established on the international art scene, which started with the exhibition Around Forty (Carlotta Pesce Studio, 2011).
Galleria Continua was founded in San Gimignano in 1990 by three friends: Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo. It occupies an evocative space situated in what was a 1950’s cinema, and is one of the most important internationally recognised contemporary art centres in Italy. In 2004 Galleria Continua was one of the first Western galleries to inaugurate a new space in 798 Art District, the artistic district of Beijing, to promote international contemporary art where it was previously poorly visible and encourage new forms of cultural exchange. In 2007 Galleria Continua founded Le Moulin at Boissy-le-Chatel, in the Parisian countryside, by turning a disused factory into a unique space of over 10,000 m² dedicated to contemporary creation. In just the first three years after its opening it welcomed over 30,000 visitors.
LORIS CECCHINI Born in Milan in 1969. He lives and works in Tuscany and Berlin.
In Loris Cecchini’s work photography, design, sculpture and installations are combined on unitary poetics where familiar forms from everyday life are transferred to an altered vision which challenges the viewer’s perception. The artist photographs actual sets built with models. Using subtle, digital processing he superimposes scraps of reality on virtual physical scenes rebuilt with models in his studio, creating various situations between the plausible and the paradoxical.
Of all the Italian artists who have affirmed themselves over the last decade, Loris Cecchini is one of the artists most appreciated by national and international critics. He has held personal exhibitions in prominent museums such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2004, 2006 and 2007), and the PSI in New York (2006). He took part in the 49th Venice Biennial (2001), and the VI Shanghai Biennial (2006). He was awarded the Premio per la giovane arte italiana 2004-2005 – Padiglione Venezia at the Venice Biennial (2005).
MOATAZ NASR Born in Alessandria, Egypt in 1961. He lives and works in Cairo.
Moataz Nasr is a versatile artist who uses photography, video, sculpture and installations, confronting themes which reflect on one hand his personal history, with strong autobiographical components, and on the other collective themes which evoke the history and contemporary reality of his country. His language combines, in an original declension, traditional elements of historical Egyptian culture with shared and universal forms, feelings and experiences. His creative production is based on meanings with a lyrical flavour which assume a philosophical and spiritual dimension.
Moataz Nasr is one of the most active protagonists on the international art scene, and has exhibited his work in prestigious museums and public spaces all over the world: from Europe to Africa; from the United States to Australia and Japan. He took part in the San Paolo Biennial in 2004, the Venice Biennial in 2003 and the Dakar Biennial in 2002 (where he won the Ministry of Culture prize).
REBECCA RUSSO is a psychotherapist psychologist and contemporary art collector. She founded the Centro Videoinsight®, introducing works of contemporary art into the diagnostic and psychotherapeutic processes according to the Videoinsight® method, based on the transforming development of awareness brought about by viewing a work of contemporary art. She is the author of Videoinsight®. Curing with contemporary art (Silvana Editoriale 2011).
During Arte Fiera Bologna 2012 Rebecca Russo chose ten works of art to be candidates for the first edition of the Videoinsight® Prize. The winning work will become part of the Videoinsight® Collection and the artist will be offered a personal exhibition at the Videoinsight® Centre.