In January 2009, on the occasion of the Art Fair, I exhibited in my house the works of Ottonella Mocellin and Nicola Pellegrini, which illustrate part of a text by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, dedicated to the flowers that grow in Palestine; symbols of the beauty, fertility and fragility of that land. The works are part of a project which includes a video-installation, a book and a theatrical performance describing the tragedy of everyday life in Israel and Palestine through the words of the Israeli writer David Grossman, the Palestinian journalist Laila El-Haddad and the poet Mahmoud Darwish.
Ottonella Mocellin and Nicola Pellegrini were born in Milan in 1966 and 1962, respectively. They live and work in Milan. In 1984 they moved to London where they studied Public Art and Architecture at Chelsea School of Art and the Architectural Association. Between 2001 and 2002 they represented Italy in the PS1 International Studio Program in New York. Their work, which includes installations, videos, photographs and performances has been displayed in museums and galleries in Italy and abroad, including: Biennales in Turin, Brescia, Valencia, Tel Aviv and Tehran; National Slovak Gallery, Bratislava; MUAR, Moscow; PS1, New York; Atelier D’Artistes, Marseille; SMART, Amsterdam, Kunst Haus, Dresden; ACC Galerie, Weimar; Galerie du Tableau Marseille, Fondazione la Marrana Monte Marcello; GAM, Bologna; GAM, Turin; Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena; MART, Trento e Rovereto; PAC Milan; PAN Naples; Galleria Civica Trento; Palazzo Sant’Anna Palermo; MAMBO Bologna and many more.