Encounters with Sicilian Artists
Despite good intentions, Jay's weekly blogs never materialised...he's very busy watching paint dry...so it's been another month since we've blogged.
For the last few months, I've (Chiara) mainly been working on the SOLO Award 2016 - since the launching the new open call at this year's London Art Fair, along side work by 2015 winner Kyung Hwa Shon - and continuing research and planning for my new space Chiara Williams Contemporary Art which had a soft launch in London in April. Part of this research includes meetings and talks with curators, gallerists, museum directors, collectors and of course, artists!
In May, during our travels through Sicily, I had a number of encounters with Sicilian artists...two of whom had also applied to the SOLO Award 2016...in the end the selection panel (Me, Sarah Monk, Francesco Pantaleone, Gordon Cheung) longlisted the duo Genuarda Ruta and shortlisted Ezio Cicciarella.
Here are some photos (taken by Jay) of our visits to their exhibitions and studios, with full credits and website links below.
Artists, curators and spaces pictured above include:
Ezio Cicciarella, artist, Vittoria (Ragusa), http://www.eziocicciarella.com/
Factori, Associazione Culturale, Vittoria (RG), www.factori.it, run by Andrea Carrubba, Nanni Licitra, Andrea Tidona, Antonello Trovato.
Duo Genuardi/Ruta, (Antonella Genuardi and Leonardo Ruta) http://genuardiruta.jimdo.com/
Duo Campostabile (Lorena & Mario), http://www.campostabile.altervista.org
Davide Mineo, artist (no website)
Francesco Cuttitta, artist (no website)
Francesco Lucifora, Director of COCA, (Centre of Contemporary Art), Modica, http://www.cocacontemporary.it/
Elisabetta, Archive manager, COCA, Modica
Daniela Bigi, curator of Pre-Visioni II and art critic
Fondazione Puglisi Cosentino, http://www.fondazionepuglisicosentino.it/
Maurizio D'Agata, Galleria Art'e', Acireale, Catania, http://www.arteingalleria.com