In September 2017 I will be in London, at the LOONIES FEST – Creating Healing Lunacy – in Kingsley Hall. The one day event of Saturday 9th (10am-10pm) includes Exhibitions, Performances, Poetry and a panel discussions.
The Private View for the “Survivors Stories”, a visual art group exhibition, is on Tuesday 5th (5-7pm), finissage on 19 th September. The Fest is run by FEEL (Friends of East End Loonies) and it is about mental health from the point of view of those who are often silenced by the system. Web page and full program at http://friends-of-east-end-loonies.blogspot.it/p/loonies-fest.html
Kingsley Hall Community Centre, Powis Rd, London E3 3HJ
My participations at the Fest, from the 5th to the finissage of 19th September relate to the frequentation, together with my family, to the Asylum in Gorizia (Italy) during Basaglia’s years (1962-72), ‘important imprinting’ of freedom for the courses of my art/life. The Fest offers a precious opportunity to go on with the ‘recovery tour’ started last year in Rome; a chance to immerse my autobiography in meaningful stories and places, so that to bring out something that can be shared and further developed.
The textile panel “go-cart VCE-LDN” will be shown in the Survivors Stories. It refers to the 7 th card of the Tarots, that deals with the body of the anima helping us in the human achievements. My work displays 2 gondola (masks) in place of the traditional Arcana #VII’s war-chariot. Basaglia – The Man who closed the Asylum (crf. J. Foot, Verso 2015) – was from Venice. San Clemente Asylum, closed in 1980, was also in its laguna. The disc OB-LA- DI, OB-LA-DA revisited 1968-2016 has to do with London and the Beatles and with the psychologist Letizia Comba, scholar of A. D. Laing. The painting “il terapeuta..1962è2017” included in the ensign, highlights the role of music.
“Healing in London” will be performed at the Loonies Fest on the afternoon Saturday 9th.
A panel discussion on the theme of the benefits and importance of the Arts as Healing Mediums will follow.
My action is a belated ‘thank you’ to Letizia Comba (1932-2000), psychologist in Basaglia’s team. As a teenager in difficulty, fifty years ago, I was “handed” to her care. She explored brand new ways to help me, with personal involvement/responsability, also accompaning me to Rome to attend “Bandiera Gialla” pop song radio program. Later I realized how precious have been the seeds received. I felt the task to guard them carefully and to cultivate them so that they had blossomed and fructified at the right time. Love can heal, can be a wave that caress, cuddle and support us. The action will re-create not-only- metaphorical-waves of memories in the original music composed by Dario Della Rossa. The gratitude is also for the many that donate their humanity and live through the daily practice of love, passion and freedom.
Last but not least, in and around Loonies Fest in London, I will fully explore the beauty and strenght of human relations, with old and new friend-artists, such as Dawn Redwood at aardverx. This fortnight 5-19 September will also serve for a fully immersion in U.K.’s mental health policies, comparing the state of the arts to the Italian ones.
On July 19, with Inés and Ayelén, I was back in Venice to visit the 57th Biennale. Soon I will complete with a further image, the project already visible in http://www.lauracristin.it/it/works/a-special-day-in-57biennalevenezia/
The birthday is always a special day. In one way or another, it makes the chance to retrace the-not-only-my-time of life. Celebrating the memorable date of mid-June with relatives and/or friends is a must. Other remarkable events of art/life this months:
– in Siracusa (Sicily), from the 5th to the end of June, at the Art Gymnasium Gagini, I take part in the mailart exhibition “Io e la Bellezza” (curator Lidia Pizzo for Aretè, Centrum Latinitatis Europae) with “Masks and murals for Trinacria” and the artistbook “Revolt for Beauty” remake of “Re-vault for Goliarda Sapienza 2016 “.
– From June 17 to August 10, I participate in the “First International Biennial of Postal Art in Venice” curated by Ruggero Maggi at Palazzo Zenobio, with the collage “CorresponDANCE 2017 for the Dalai Lama and Tibet”.
– Starting with my B.day “LOOKing forwards” action begins. I will distribute the stickers with the reproduction of the portrait made to Joel Cohen, that the artist sent me from New York in sign of gratitude and in a number corresponding to the years of my life.
The 10th May 2017 was a bEAUtiful day at Biennale Venezia. First step, was the not-so-ephemeral installation of the sticker of Joel Cohen with his portrait, second one, attending/being involved in David Medalla and Adam Nankervis performance for the 15th anniversary of their Mondrian Fan Club, last but not least, remembering the impromptu of January 2008 with Dorothea Fayne and Dario Della Rossa, through a snap of “Totem 2004-2008-2017” next to the “Paradise” by Bosch in Palazzo Ducale. Meeting – one way or another – old and new friends is wonderful!
Facebook open album at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1506744286011266.1073741834.100000271265514&type=1&l=fd40352fab
Two videos, currently taking part in Magmart video festival are now online at these links:
“Healing in Rome” https://youtu.be/24ICAlVTiew
“Re-act and Re-vault” https://youtu.be/UxlRExtYgA0
More to be added shortly in the “Works” section.
It’s Easter time in April this year! From a domestic side, main news are: the municipality calendar hanging in my kitchen displays a photo of my “Anteprima del temporale” that was selected in a previous competition; the painting “The Sticker Dude remembering the joint performance “Just life” by/with Laura Cristin in Coney Island 2012/06/14” was completed (link at http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?id=1451496 ) and Ragged Edge Press NYC will print it as a sticker. I found the time with my daughter to decorate new terracotta eggs (what a relaxing fun!). The bookmark “Sheren” takes part in “Parolamagica” exhibition (curator Rosanna Veronesi) in Milan, at the historic bookstore Malavasi in via Santa Tecla/largo Schuster (just behind Palazzo Reale) from 19 to 23 April, for the Milan Bookfair.
After a while, I went back to colours and brushes. The result is a “TRIP_tych 2008” consisting in a composition of three paintings about art actions that occurred nine years ago in Venice, San Daniele del Friuli and in the gARTen of my house. Find the image at this link:http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?id=1448373
The bigger piece (“Totem”) can also be considered an homage to Bosch’s “The Souls Ascending the Empyrean”. Last year I made a collage about it, but transforming it in a painting was just another thing! Have a look at the previous collage at http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?ID=1404714
Then the time came to edit the videos of the two main performances of 2016: “HEALing in Rome” (2nd May at London Biennale opening) and “ReACT and Revault” (30th August in Gaeta). Now both take part in the tenth edition of Magmart video festival. Synopsis can be found at this links:http://www.magmart.it/videos.php?i=3087 and http://www.magmart.it/fullvideo.php?i=3100
On the Day of Saint Valentine, I had completed my submission to Saatchi gallery of London contest “Selfie to self-expression”. I already developed the theme in the Works section in the project “Self portrait”. This time, I had searched into the meaning of that practice, that one way or another, is keeping me busy mostly, along journeys of many kinds. Here are the titles of the photos that you can reach on the link above: “full immersion in the colour of my eyes” (Oceanarium of Valencia, 27 January 2017), “(paper) boat trip from Venice railway station” (impromptu “Isonzo S_core” on 9 October 2010), “Selfie as Sheren in Naples” (Napoli Centrale railway station on 2nd September 2016), “in the sweet heART of Florence” (in a confectionery shop window on 11 November 2011), “in the (Chinese) zodiac as wooden Horse Yang in Padua” (at the Museo del Precinema on 19 March 2014), “the LIGHT of my heart!” (as documenting the new striped curtain and the sacre of the intimacy in Bagnaria Arsa on 4 May 2012).