Se Dico Aria

August 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

I am happy to announce that something artistic is finally going on in Ancona!  Well, not exactly in Ancona, but in Camerano, the next hill over.  Which is close enough.

Camerano is currently hosting Caleidoscopio, a type of art fair consisting of three separate art exhibitions.  I am not sure how they decided to pick the three exhibitions- and neither are any of the workers there, it seems.  So, as an art festival, there’s not much to promote.  There is a single painting by Carlo Maratti inside the Chiesa di Santa Faustina, which Camerano is very proud of- probably because the artist was born in Camerano.  And then there are two seperate spaces dedicated to Quirino Ruggeri, another marchigiano.  One is a collection of portrait statues, which is cool because the display is in an underground cave, la Grotta Ricotti,  which is creepy and strangely fitting for the atmosphere of eyeless faces.  The second part of Ruggeri’s work is a random assembly of contemporary paintings in one of the rooms of the Palazzo Comunale, which comes with a docent that seemed even more confused than I.

However, the main (only?) attraction of this year’s festival is Se Dico Aria (“If I Say Air”).

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It is a collection of six international artists which were presented with the challenge to create an installation inside the Chiesa di San Francesco, depicting the essence of the element of air.


Walking in to the church, you are greeted with the work of Kaori Miyayama, a Japanese artist who used thin fabric to explore the relationship between air and space, and the leyers inbetween here and there:


Walking deeper into the church, you find yourself under the work of Angela Glajcar.  From Germany, this artist has an extensive resume from her country and plays with different layers of solid forms puts together; a gradual transition of form and shadow:


From the United Kingdom is Chris Gilmour, who is known for his renditions of various objects out of cardboard.  At this exhibition, we were graced with a couple of paper airplanes:


, and a piano:


Medhat Shafik, an Egyptian who studied at Brera and won the Biennale di Venezia in 1995, put together a piece that mirrors Italo Calvino’s Le città invisibili:


Next, there is Marcello Chiarenza, an Italian, whose floating sparkles shed little diamonds of light throughout the entire space (pity that you couldn’t lay under it- silly alter in the way):


Last, but not least, is my favorite addition to the show: Gianluca Quaglia‘s Da lontano ma vicino.  This up-and-rising Italian artist, based in Milano, takes on installations that change the environment of the room, and allow you to interact with the new matter that has been placed out-of-context:


In the background was Giovanni Allevi’s Aria on loop, which worked well with the theme of the exhibition, but didn’t really capture the feel of the individual pieces.  However, it was still a strong flow of notes that allowed the spectators to float through the different nooks of the church and sit (or stand or lay) in front of each installation piece and seclude themselves from the rest of the world for a few minutes.

If you’re around these parts, I highly recommend this exhibition.  I’m not sure why six artists of international fame decided to come together and transform an empty church of this secluded town into a labyrinth of currents and lights, but I am very glad that they did.

*As always, click on the artist name to learn more!


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