Reflections on @madsmilano

When reflecting on the importance of the use of colour in my work, I was trying to analyse its impact on the mood portrayed and the perception of a viewer.

As a part of this critical process, I watched a number of videos from previous exhibitions. My attention was drawn to a brief narrative by Lisa Galletti, one of art curators at the gallery. The essence of her wise words somehow summarises my inner thoughts and feeling. Perhaps, because of this incidental cohesion of views, she contacted me to invite me to take part in “Love My Body”. I was truly impressed by her spoken narrative as follows:

“Colour as a visual perception of the various electromagnetic radiations within the visible spectrum reflected by bodies.

Colour as a natural or artificial substance used as dye or paint.

What is colour for you?

Colour that causes emotion, changes your mood.

Colour is in nature; in its indefinite variations.

It is a foundation of division of the world and, at the same time, a characteristic of it.”

Lisa Galletti @madsmilano

I include an Instagram post with her final video appraisal of artwork, she was responsible for as a curator. Thank you Lisa!

Final Exhibition

In the context of the current pandemic, our final show will take place online. Additionally, several fantastic opportunities have been recently created to display and promote our work through a variety of exhibitions and using different digital platforms.

At the moment, the main focus is on collaboration with Aristotle in order to present my project using Cables. Following a lengthy process of negotiation, refinement and improvements, the design of exhibition is rapidly taking shape. I have documented the thread of our discussions: https://www.fineartdigital.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12

The idea for the show is inspired by the clarity and aesthetics offered by platforms such as Behance and Instagram. I really wanted to display all of my artefacts on a plain and long white wall, without any unnecessary distractions. However, due to the limitations of the software I was forced to opt for the grid idea, organising all of my paintings and video work in three rows, 7 pieces in each and 21 in total. Each item included is supported by a computer generated voice in order to contextualise and explain the outcome of my visual investigation and exploration. This method also allows me to detach myself form the entirety of my experiences and, subsequently, view my work as a distant observer. Supposedly, it is all in the past… yet my memories are becoming more and more vivid.

As a coping mechanism, I keep repeating to myself the same sentence, over and over again:

‘Do not be sad that it is all over, but smile that it had ever happened…’

The new research adventure in Madagascar is just around the corner!

The work can be vied at :

https://cables.gl/p/5eb65614c9c5ea4f350f9f87?s=8ZcGTceygsIBRC0J

Screenshot of the front page is below:

‘From A Distant New York’ – International Screening and Conference

I have been invited to participate in a fascinating international interactive screening of the film “The World Before Your Feet” and conference event. It was organised by ATÖLYE, Dubai’s Creative Hub, in partnership with Palmwood, American Film Showcase and the US Consulate in Dubai.

There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all—every street, park, cemetery, beach, and bridge.

Executive produced by Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg and directed by Jeremy Workman, “The World Before Your Feet” is a tribute to an endlessly fascinating city and the freedom to be found, wherever you live, in simply taking a walk.

The team of filmmaker experts were presents:

I am very excited to take part in this amazing venture, which was attended by filmmaker Jeremy Workman, executive producer Jesse Eisenberg and the wanderer himself Matt Green. All live conversations were moderated by Emirati filmmaker Amal Al Agroobi.

A screenshot of a thank you email is below:

LINK TO FINAL VIDEOS WITH SPEECH

Painting 1 Three Haitian Girls in Red

Painting 2 Haitian Girl with Butterflies

Painting 3 Disabled Palenque

Painting 4 Fragile Little Dreams

Painting 5 Dreaming About the Islan Girl

Painting 6 Waiting for A Cocktail Called Pornstar

Painting 7 Punhana

Video 1 Lockdown with The Wheel of Fortune Seller

Video 2 Masquerade

Video 3 Bye Bye Wheel of Fortune Seller

Video 4 Bye Bye Three Monks

Video 5 Three Monks

Video 6 The Bathing of Pearl Twink

Video 7 Dialogue with Pearl Twink

Painting 8 Flower Girl from Batumi

Painting 9 One-Legged Pool Palyer

Painting 10 Thai Masseur

Painting 11 Three Monks Begging

Painting 12 Burmese Captain

Painting 13 Coach To Myiek

Painting 14 Ravens and Crows will Peck us to Pieces

Final Exhibition – Links to You Tube

In negotiation with Aristotle, I have uploaded all finished video pieces onto You Tube. The next task will be to connect them to our exhibition platform according to the design below:

LINKS TO FINAL VIDEOS WITH SPEECH: