Why You Should Be in Bologna This Weekend

Why You Should Be in Bologna This Weekend

Giorgia Massari · 3 months ago · Art

There are numerous artistic and cultural events that will animate Bologna during this Art City 2024 weekend. From February 1, the preview day, until Sunday, February 4, the city will welcome the world of art (and beyond) with a succession of openings. Let’s not forget Arte Fiera, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year, marking the milestone as the first Italian art fair to achieve this. It’s not only the birthday of Italy’s oldest fair but also the anniversary of the death of Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi, to whom five special projects will be dedicated. Performances, exhibitions, shows, and evenings await, and here are our recommendations to address your FOMO.

#1 Arte Fiera, BolognaFiere, Ingresso Costituzione pad. 25-26

The star of this weekend is Arte Fiera. Celebrating its just-turned fifty years, it returns to Bologna with the classic Main Section, divided between historical and contemporary art, and curated sections: Painting XXI, Photography and Moving Images, and Multiples. The Path section also returns, connecting artists of different generations through an invisible common thread – that of drawing. The invitation-only preview will be on February 1, while the fair will be open to the public from Friday, February 2, to Sunday, February 4.

#2 BOOMing Contemporary art show at DumBO

In response to the traditional Arte Fiera is the BOOMing Contemporary Art Show at the DumBO space. Already highlighted in our carousel dedicated to Things Not to Miss in February, this emerging art fair is a must-see in our opinion. This year, BOOMing will present four thematic sections, NOW, Generation(Z), Feminisms, Everyday For Future, focusing attentively on the present moment, the now, the main core of this year’s edition. The fair will open on February 1 and run until Sunday, February 4.

#3 Patrick Tuttofuoco – Abbandona gli occhi at Palazzo De’ Toschi

Last night, on January 30, at the Banca di Bologna Conference Hall in Palazzo De’ Toschi, the special project “Abbandona gli occhi” by Patrick Tuttofuoco (1974) was inaugurated. The exhibition, open until February 18, is curated by Davide Ferri and showcases the distinctive features of Tuttofuoco’s artistic practice, using industrial materials such as neon and actively involving the viewer in the exhibition. Simultaneously, it incorporates recent elements, like a focus on sculpture using industrial/synthetic materials and the translation of form into figure, highlighted through the repetition of the body’s figure in different parts of the exhibition space.

#4 Multi-Node Shell, a performance by Luca Pagan at GALLLERIAPIÙ

On the evening of Saturday, February 3, at 9 pm, the sound artist and performer Luca Pagan will present the performance “Multi-Node Shell.” The spaces of GALLLERIAPIÙ will host Pagan’s 30-minute performance, utilizing Artificial Intelligence and wearable technologies to create new architectural forms of the body.

 
 
 
 
 
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EXTRA TIPS

  • Rail Market at Dumbo (Sunday 4 febbraio from 11 to 22)
  • Joel Meyerowitz with the exhibition Morandi’s objects – le fotografie di Joel Meyerowitz at Collezioni Comunali d’Arte, Palazzo d’Accursio (from January 30 to February 25 | opening hours ART CITY: February 1st h 14-19; February 2nd h 10-19; February 3rd h 10-22; February 4th h 10-18.30)
  • CANEMORTO with the exhibition The Painting Race in Alchemilla spaces at Palazzo Vizzani curated by Antonio Grulli (we already talker about it here). The exhibition will be open until March 16th.
  • Flesh to flesh a collective exhibition with Alma Heikkilä, Andrea Loi, Beatrice Alici, Carlo Cossignani, Christa Joo HyunD’Angelo, Diana Orving, Fabio Perino, Ipnose Studio, J&PEG, Mariano Franzetti curated by Domenico de Chirico from January 31 to February 3, 2024 at Palazzo Hercolani Bonora
  • Ludovica Carbotta with the exhibition Very well, on my own at MAMbo curated by Lorenzo Balbi, open until May 5
  • Iconplast II at Adiacenze, a project by Sara Bonaventura, Gabriele Longega ed Elisa Muliere, curated by Amerigo Mariotti and Giorgia Tronconi, from Febryary 2nd to March 16th (Opening, February 2nd from 18).
  • Quanto resta della notte by Claudia De Luca and Eleonora Conti is a site-specific art installation of lights and tarlatan that creates, inside the DamsLab theater, a path, immersive, dreamlike and lonely. February 2 to 4. Opening Feb. 2, 18h.

CLUBBING

  • February 1st: Thomas Les Vaches e Mint Sound al Moka – Centro Sociale Tolmino from 21
  • February 2nd: Slowdive at Estragon from 21
  • February 3rd: Ombre Lunghe will host Thru Collected, specchiopaura and the project by Simone Trabucchi (Hundebiss Rec.), STILL at Atelier Sì from 23

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The freedom without veils in Birdee’s shots

The freedom without veils in Birdee’s shots

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Photography

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly / Into the light of the dark black night, sang the Beatles more than fifty years ago, and it is this song, and its message of freedom, that inspired Jamie Johnson in the choice of what is now her stage name, Birdee. Birdee has been shooting since 2014, when she started with self-portraits. Today, her photographs taken mainly in analogical form are able to analyze the themes of femininity, strength and grace.  The young girls who are the protagonists of her shots are beautiful, carefree, suspended but not for this reason they are not determined and tenacious. Moreover, the fact that we almost never show their bodies in full and often hide their faces helps us to identify with them. They are nobody, so they can be anyone, even ourselves. 

Scrolling through Birdee’s website or her Instagram profile, you will notice that in addition to female figures there is also another element that always comes back in her shots, real water. It almost seems as if the graceful bodies of the girls who shoot are transformed in contact with the waves of the sea or a swimming pool. The little bubbles that caress the skin give light and life to the images. 

Discover a selection of Birdee’s photographs below. 

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The Weight of Memory through Ana Topoleanu’s Shots

The Weight of Memory through Ana Topoleanu’s Shots

Collater.al Contributors · 4 weeks ago · Photography

Ana Topoleanu is a Romanian-Mexican photographer who blends elements from her origins into captivating visual narratives. Her journey into photography began as a means to express her thoughts and capture the essence of the world around her, a passion ignited after completing her studies at the University of Sociology in Bucharest. Since then, photography has become more than just a craft for Topoleanu: it is her universal language and preferred form of expression. Inspired by the diverse cultures of Romania and Mexico, Topoleanu’s work invites viewers on a journey of discovery, urging them to pause, reflect, and appreciate the beauty that exists in both the ordinary and extraordinary. Her photography delves into themes such as the role of women in society, the complexities of motherhood, and the power of human relationships and memories. Today, we discuss “My Pillow”, a project that reflects on memory; let’s see how.

Ana Topoleanu’s My Pillow

One of her most touching projects, “My Pillow,” is a testament to the emotional depth and complexity of her work. The project began during the last years of her grandmother’s life, who accompanied her during her formative years. Topoleanu fondly remembers her grandmother, affectionately called mamaia, as a source of love, guidance, and inspiration. As her grandmother’s health declined, Topoleanu embarked on a photographic journey to preserve the memories of their time together and honor her legacy.

Topoleanu felt that this approach lacked the depth she wanted to convey. Through continuous refinement and introspection, the project evolved into “My Pillow,” a title deeply rooted in memory, representing a poignant moment before her grandmother’s passing. While working on My Pillow, Topoleanu focused on capturing the ephemeral nature of time and the inevitable passage of generations. Each photograph served as an attempt to freeze moments slipping away, reflecting the gradual fading of precious memories and the profound impact of loss.

For Topoleanu, “My Pillow” is more than just a photographic series: it is a labor of love, a tribute to her grandmother, and a reflection of her personal journey through grief and healing. Through her lens, she invites viewers to explore the universal themes of love, loss, and the enduring power of memory.

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Marta Passalacqua and the sad side of summer

Marta Passalacqua and the sad side of summer

Collater.al Contributors · 4 weeks ago · Photography

Summertime Sadness is called Marta Passalacqua‘s photographic project that reveals the sad side of summer. Born almost unconsciously, Passalacqua’s shots place colorful elements in dialogue with desolate settings. Summer has not yet begun, or has just ended. The photographer provides no spatio-temporal indications except for a few clues. A deserted beach with closed umbrellas, then cloths lying in the sun. Or even unlit showers. Human presence never appears but is instead replaced by “objects that smell of saltiness,” placed in a suspended and infinite time that seems to never end. «Summertime Sadness” is the poignant melancholy that catches us, often unprepared, in the middle of a sunny afternoon. It has the flavor of moments already experienced and others still waiting for us, unknown,» reads the curatorial text of Liquida Photofestival in Turin, where Marta Passalacqua will exhibit from May 2 to 5, 2024.

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Perspective, Suzanne Saroff distorted photography

Perspective, Suzanne Saroff distorted photography

Giulia Pacciardi · 4 weeks ago · Photography

In her latest series Perspective, the photographer Suzanne Saroff, creates distorted images of colourful food using glass objects and vases filled with water.
Images play with light and shadow, appearing fractured, divided into several parts, shrinking and incredibly distorted.

With tools and techniques such as refraction, directional light and vivid colours, her photographs offer to everyday objects alternative visual paths.
In fact, through shadows and fragmentation, they seem to become something more than what they really are.

Follow her on Instagram to stay up to date on her beautiful photographic project.

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