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HOME SWEET HOME   ||   EXHIBITION

 

How do people decide to inhabit somewhere? What do they carry within them when they think of home, and what while they are living there? How do we perceive what we call home?

In a metaphorical dimension where four different everyday weave together, desires, possibilities and paradox meet.

In a time of migrations and constant change of living, four artists investigate what home away from home is.

The exhibition will take the audience into a journey within a home, a participatory reality where one is invited to interact and dialog with the theme of inhabit.

 

Opening 20 April 5 PM

 

Exhibition 20 to 30 April 2018

Mon-Sun – 5 to 9 PM -  Morning by appointment

Please note: gallery hours are subject to change, please call oremail us  to verify hours before visiting​

info@alicegrassi.com |nanahomegallery@gmail.com​|  604 655 3064 ||  204 -1685 13th Ave W – Vancouver

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http://capturephotofest.com/exhibitions/home-sweet-home/

 

 

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NANA HOME GALLERY | PROJECT


Art blends with objects of intimacy and creates new possibilities, challenging the viewer to reflect on the traces and identities.

NaNa Home Gallery is a home turned into an art space/gallery, a non-conventional place where one can live art within the domestic walls.

Our mission is for the audience to feel open to dialogue and experimentation, to merge the lines between host and guest and as an independent and non-profit space we invite people to live our space in a dynamic and proactive way.





ARTISTS 




ERICA BELLI


STATEMENT

Erica Belli is an artist exploring the Everyday, the common people and the uneventful stories.

Her vision is a diary, ever looking at whatever surrounds and obsesses her: the neighborhood, her travel companions, migrants: she looks at everything with a cunning eye and the will to devouring it all.

Her subjects seem to reflect her curiosity with their smiling faces, feeling clearly at ease with her.

They want to be part of her story.

The search for intimacy and her choice to subvert the rules and use disposables, polaroids and film are only an addendum to her vernacular iconography where she challenges the audience to wonder if the everyday can be so incredibly exciting.


BIO

Born in 1988 in a tiny village on the mountain border between Switzerland and Italy, I started photographing as a teenager with a 135mm camera, then moved around the world to pursue my own vision. I attended the Italian-Institute-of-Photography and CFP-Bauer to better sharpen my tools and I now live near Lake Como where I raise my newborn and work on my art.


WORK | STILL/LIMBO

What does it mean to be still for a year or more? Somewhere far away from what you remember home is?I lived in contact with a community of men coming from Africa who came to Europe through the infamous boats crossing illegally the Mediterranean sea.

They were stationed into a building where they needed to be living all together while waiting on their papers; they couldn't leave or they would lose their chance to have them, and every night had to sign in.

The group was allocated in a small village between Italy and Switzerland, a very different place from what they used to call home, but the same one where I come from.


CAPTION | STILL/LIMBO

2014

BN analog photograph, printed on gelatin silver print

BN gelatin silver print


http://www.ericabelli.com/

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ENECE


STATEMENT

ENECE film devotes itself to represent reality.

It accomplishes documentary films and experimental films poised between fiction, reality and audiovisual products. It devotes itself to design, direction, editing, photography, sound, evaluation of archives films and post-production.

ENECE film produces its own projects and professional of audiovisual research.


BIO

ENECE film was founded in 2012 by Pietro de Tilla, Elvio Manuzzi, Tommaso Perfetti, Chiara Tognoli and Guglielmo Trupia combining the different professionalisms matured within the visual experimentation environment, the editing and sound research.


WORK – IL TURNO

The Camonica Valley.

While at Cedegolo, a village down the valley, an employee of the electricity supplier society carries out his daily duties high up in the mountains.

 At the "Arno" lake dam his work-pals, keepers of the dam, wait to be relieved by the next shift coming in by helicopter.
The shift is itself a documentary in which the observation, besides its stylistic value, becomes a composition yard stick, a way through which recounting and highlighting the simple stories of living and working men.

CAPTION | IL TURNO

Movie by Enece Film - Pietro De Tilla, Elvio Manuzzi, Tommaso Perfetti
33' minutes, year: 2012 / Italy

Produced and promoted by Cultural District Valle Camonica and Lab 80 film.                                               Valle Camonica Museum System. "Casa dolce Casa", a research on inhabit as a sense on the intimate and daily dimension of life.

FESTIVAL

Visions du reel, ViaEmiliaDoc Fest, London International Documentary Festival, Milano Film Festival, Trento Film Festival, Longlake Festival Lugano, Al jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Raindance film festival, Working Title film festival, In-edit festival, Filmmaker fest, Brief Encounters, Biografilm fest, Film Festival dokumenter Yogyakarta, Backup festival, Cinémathèque de Grenoble


http://www.enecefilm.com/

trailer: https://vimeo.com/63396970

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ALICE GRASSI


STATEMENT

The artist is pervaded by an experimental taste: the outcomes are some of the most telling mises-en-scéne, be they of objects, or people. Grassi suggests a way of looking at, and “feeling” the world that is at the same time attractive and repul­sive as a ”cruel hirony”.

Objects and animated beings come much to the same nature; unexpected shots portray deformed perspectives intended to inject doubts about the identities we are perceiving: Humans or non-Humans?

The endless ambiguity of our perception, as much shaped by the external world as by an inner, psycho­logical, dreamful, and perhaps illusory, dimension.


BIO

Alice Grassi is a multimedia Italian artist now based in Vancouver.

She studied at Brera Academy of Art, Photography at IED and obtained a MA in Lighting Design, Politecnico, Milan. She was invited at several national and international exhibitions.

Among which, 3 at Fondazione Sandretto Re-Rebaudengo. The Foundation granted and acquired a work that entered in the collection. She has been shown at Photovernissage, St.Petersburg, Russia, Controforma, Daegu, Korea, at New Music Festival, Hong Kong and at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore.

She has been selected by the Master artist Jean Marc Bustamante for the artist in residences ACA Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida. She won the Intersection Prize/KunstArt - and was finalist at Premio-Cairo and Celeste-Prize.


WORK – UNSWEETENED

“Unsweetened” is a part of “Home sweet Home”, a multimedia project about the inhabit.

As parts of the skin and flesh, provided with beating organs, the houses represent the sphere of thinking as a sort of psychological portraits.  The architecture interacts with the environment. The relationship between the objects and the surrounding Nature create continuous games of correspondences, across a continuous flow of actions-reactions.

The House-portraits reflect an inner place in which the path traced represent a geography of emotions.


CAPTION | UNSWEETENED (Home sweet Home)

2009

Colors photographs on metal paper

(Part of multimedia work | Photo | Video | Photo Art-book)

27x40 cm


Video

 3'44", Video color HD | 4:3 | Direction D.O.P editing: Alice Grassi | Actress: Daniela La Mattina | Original soundtrack: Will'em Gator | Propman: Antonio Pilade


Photo - Artbook  | Hardcover grey box cloth binding, 25 x 21 cm

Colors photographs on metal paper | Edition of 10, Signed and numbered | Video


Courtesy of

KoobookArchive   ||   http://koobookarchive.blogspot.ca/p/libri-inediti.html   ||  http://www.koobookarchive.it/   ||   Anna Guillot

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VLADIMIR PROTIC


BIO

Vladimir Protic (1975), Serbian. Video artist, writer puppeteer and a jazz musician. In ex Yugoslavia better known as Dr Protic or Jaganjac due to his pioneering video clips at the very beginning of Youtube. In Vancouver since 2017. where is better unknown as the Flooring Guy.


STATEMENT

On the seventh day upon arriving to Canada i started working as a laminae and hardwood installer, the trade i never did before. The job let me into the houses of average and not so average Canadians, into around 100 homes and offices. This voyeur position gave an insight that led to some patterns of which I would emphasis the obsession with perfection of the floor.


My work is an insight into decadent society in which people crawl on their knees looking for dents on the wood, demand the replacement of barely visible damaged tiles, inspect in socks every foot of their laminate, ask for staining the pin wide holes on transitions and shoe moldings, and literary call for praying over the cracking sound of laminate to be gone, while at a very moment a million acres of woods is burning in British Columbia and cover the modern Sodom in smoke. With this work I would like to show that the road to hell is paved with laminate and hardwood planks.


Visually I seek the pattern between my fascination with Canadian gigantic trees, its placement, treatment and transportation, and figurative placement of laminate and hardwood flooring on the surface. The uniqueness of every natural design in contrast to simplified lines of shapes engineered to please the eye in uniformity. The decaying and naturally perfect in its imperfection versus the perversity in nerve wrecking surgically precise work which was introduced as a standard for any household which is now entitled to so called perfection. ​

CURATOR STATEMENT


Alice Grassi is a multimedia artist who’s been working in collaboration with other artists and collectives.

She is interested in an interactive and participatory approach that seldom involves communities tied to the territory and often adopts outdoor installations as well.

The main topics of her previous works are mostly focused on the relationship between human and territory seen as emotional places.


In this instance, she experiments with a home gallery where she invited four artists to think about the imaginary of inhabit.

 

EVENT - TALK 

 

CITIES AS A VISION

 

“Cities as a vision” is a talk with “Bordelight” and “Seeside”, two artists’ collectives centered on participatory art, where the public becomes fundamental to the creative process and the work itself.

The artists are invited to speak about the theme of cities and inhabit, how this influences and characterizes what they do and how they developed two of their most famous pieces in Milan and Gibellina (Sicily) where the artists interacted with local people, shared and developed with them the final art work.

 

20 April  - Friday - 11:30 am 2 pm

 

TALK | Cities as a vision

artists’ collectives               

 

11:30 Bordelight

12:45 Seeside

 

 

21 April  - saturday – 11:30 am 2 pm

 

TALK | Cities as a vision

artists of the exhibition | Home sweet Home

 

11:30 Erica Belli

12:45 Enece Film

 

 

BORDERLIGHT


TALK 20 April  - Friday - 11:30


 “Where do you want to bring light?”

Is the main question of the collective Borderlight asked to Milanese.

Formed by artists and designers, the group gave life to a grand participative project with its own name:

“Borderlight”.

An environmental installation (that combines Art and Light Design), designed to involve the citizens of the city into a new narration of Milan, using light as an artistic tool to explore and reimagine the city.

Through different light installations, Milan’s outskirt is transformed into a place of socialization and meeting,leaving behind the frugal and quick way spaces are usually lived.

Milan’s metropolitan area is full of underpasses, gardens, passages and residual spaces.

Borders are often perceived as dark, scary or ugly and people usually decides not to exploit them.

Metaphorically, lightening means taking care and underlining little-known spaces, the ones in our everyday life we forget to pay attention to.

The project was launched in April 2016 during the Fuorisalone in Milan, in partnership with Brera Design District, with the contribution of Cariplo Foundation, the institutional partnership of the City of Milan and the sponsorship of iGuzzini Italia. On that occasion a large installation lightened and brought to life a bridge and the surrounding area.


http://www.nonriservato.net/projects/borderlight​
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SEESIDE


TALK 20 April  - Friday - 11:30 am


SEESIDE is a duo-collective that works in the art field. They are interested in the relationship with people and territory. “Seeside” is part of the On Image Association.

(Arianna Catania is director of Festival Internazionale di Fotografia- Open Air

Gibellina PhotoRoad. She is also a photo editor, journalist and independent curator.

Alice Grassi is a multimedia artist. She exhibits and had artists’s residency in Italy and abroad.)


PROJECT: ROUNDTRIP - OSSERVATORIO SUD - GIBELLINA

Cities are not only made of streets and buildings but also of memory and emotions.


The duo collective “Seeside” worked together on “Roundtrip”, a participatory project made in collaboration with the youth of Gibellina (Sicily) that moved to North Italy or Europe because of the unemployment issue within the city.

The artists made photo-portraits, printed it on 1:1 scale and then installed it on the windows of the buildings in the city. The evanescent portraits seemed real people and in this way were symbolically brought back in their own homeland.


https://www.onimage.it/what/



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© Alice Grassi 2016

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