L’eco dell’acqua. Un dialogo tra arte, informazione e geopolitica internazionale
Saturday, June 10th, 2023 at 3.30PM
Live streaming only. You can follow the talk on the Instagram profile @building.gallery
The dialogue will be conduced in italian.
On the occasion of the exhibition project Equorea (di mari, ghiacci, nuvole e altre acque ancora), curated by Giulia Bortoluzzi, BUILDINGBOX inaugurates a series of online meetings, held quarterly, dedicated to the exploration of the theme of water, conceived as an emblem of all life, and as a source of artistic inspiration.
The second of these appointments, titled L’eco dell’acqua [The Echo of the Water], will be attended by the journalist Leonardo Parigi, who will converse with Elena Mazzi and Silvia Mariotti, two of the artists featured in Equorea‘s second quarter exhibition, along with Gaspare. Leonardo Parigi, founder and director of the Osservatorio Artico – an online portal about information on the Artic and the North Pole – will intervene in the talk starting from the perspective offered by his own professional and research fields, engaging with the insights offered by the two artists. The echo of the water – conceived as an element that can generate, with its movement, broad resonance, and thus to modify the identity of organisms and places – will be the focus of the conversation, during which the speakers will deepen the phenomena of flows and movement of human beings, from the points of view of economy and geopolitics.
Gaspare Luigi Marcone (Terlizzi, 1983), aka Gaspare, lives and works in Milan. An artist and curator, he holds a degree in Art History and Criticism from the University of Milan, where he subsequently took a Ph.D. in the Science of Literary, Artistic and Environmental Heritage. He has also worked with the Department of Art History at the same university. Since 2015, he has been co-founder and artistic director of The Open Box – Milan.
Silvia Mariotti (1980, Fano) lives and works in Milan. She has a degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino. She has attended numerous courses and workshops including the advanced course in photographic techniques at Spazio Forma in Milan and the workshop with Francesco Jodice at the Fabbri Foundation in Pieve di Soligo. Mariotti’s practice involves stratifying elements drawn from history and literature, along with cultural and social symbols that evoke a sense of unreality, hovering between mystery and marginality. Using photography and installation, she restores atmosphere and lived experience to the image, revealing ambiguous worlds that give rise to a sort of temporal suspension, and open up to new interpretations.
Elena Mazzi (Reggio Emilia, 1984) lives and works in Turin and Nice. After studying at the University of Siena and IUAV in Venice, she trained at the Royal Institute of Art (Konsthögskolan) in Stockholm. Her works are inspired by explorations of specific areas, and they reinterpret the cultural and natural heritage of places by intertwining knowledge and stories handed down by the local communities, with the aim of proposing potential solutions to the humans/nature/culture conflict. Her modus operandi, which can be likened to anthropology, favors a holistic approach that seeks to mend social divisions, starting with a process of observation and then combining different forms of knowledge.
Leonardo Parigi (Genoa, 1987), graduated in International Political Science from the University of Genoa and Pavia, is a publicist journalist, who collaborates with national newspapers on issues of logistic, transports, portuality, and international politics. He is the founder and director of the Osservatorio Artico, which was created to inform and to raise awareness about climate change, and the effects it has on artic ices on a global scale; as well as, of course, on Italy and on the European Union. His work ranges between activities related to social media, and information; managing daily profiles of companies, institutions, and public bodies. He is also a digital communication consultant, Social Media Strategist, Digital PR, and Content Manager.