Giardini projects, on the heterotopic island of Venice, was initiated 2019 as a platform to host dinners, smaller exhibitions, book projects and performative work at irregular basis.
The space is the kitchen, living room and courtyard of Giardini townhouse. The intent is to give people the opportunity to hear each other in a setting that incorporates the home and quotidian aspect.
A self organized portal to elsewhere and an intimate experience of contemporary art.
The title of Høibjerg’s and Pares’s mutual installation ”Ungeziefer”, is derived from the description of the protagonist, Gregor Samsa, in Kafka’s ”The Metamorphosis”. Consisting of six works scattered across the space, portraying glimpses of an indefinite and non-chronological metamorphosis, the installation is an attempt to share the journey to come to terms with questions around the self and the group, and how they interplay in a both constructive and destructive way; questions which they are both dealing with in their artistries, but from different personal experiences and perspectives.
Holmgren paintings capsule the intimate moments where time, the here and now, becomes endless. The brushstrokes capture the delicate properties of skin, flesh, and blood with ease. The light sipping through the ears, or illuminating the hands that rest in the book, echoes of what is outside of the canvas, the unspoken. The imagery together composes what seems to be a secret overture.
Yosef uses the brushstrokes in gray, misty shades, to layer the surface that creates a three-dimensional sculptural effect and a reductive style. The motif comes near the viewer and is not only blown up but also cropped very tightly, and the back of the heads seem to almost burst the canvas. The two persons’ ears are so close to each other but are still separated, nearly severed as if they were at one point part of the same body. As if there is an imminent need to get closer and closer in a dance of seduction and desire. The works in I Promise to Listen oscillate the tensions created between the splendor of tender love and raw carnal desire; chiaroscuro and grisaille; depth and surface; communication and isolation. Combined they create a song of love, un chant d’amour.
Curator: Power Ekroth
As an impromptu response to the cancellation of the Venice architecture biennial and the subsequent postponement of the upcoming art biennial, 'Mutadis Mutandis' showcases 24 proposals for future/imaginary pavilions free of any geopolitical, economic, physical, durational, or cosmic limitations.
Studio Giardini is – very suitably – situated in close proximity to the Giardini della Biennale in a residential neighborhood directly behind the oldest foreign pavilion inaugurated in 1907.
Studio Giardini in collaboration with The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.
Tarek Atoui works with custom-built electronic instruments and computers. Atoui performs with Shane Aspegren, Alan Affichard, Julia Giertz, Ami Kohara, Johanna Martensson, Rossana Mercado, Igor Porte and Jeremiah Runnels.
Tarek Atoui lives in Paris. He has recently shown at the Tate Modern, London and Fondation Louis Vuitton, France.
Hourglass, an exhibition of works by Elena Mazzi, Malin Petersson Öberg and Theresa Reimann-Dubbers at Studio Giardini in collaboration with Love Enqvist and East of Elsewhere. Curated by Camila McHugh.
Glass is rife with metaphor, ready to stand in for the fragile, shattered, or crystal clear. It is also, of course, something that stands for nothing, or stands as nothing, when we look through it daily. Here, three artists take on glass as a material inextricable from innovation. They remind us it is something made – from sand and heat – and also something constructed culturally. Glass has a storied history in Venice, most notably that of Murano Glass. At Studio Giardini, a large, street-level window stands apart from its neighbor’s brick and pastel facades on the cobblestoned Rio Tera San Isepo. Hourglass, a presentation of films by Elena Mazzi and Malin Petersson Öberg, alongside a stained glass window installation and lecture-performance by Theresa Reimann-Dubbers, refracts this sense of place.