H2O VENEZIA: DIARI d'ACQUA / WATER DIARIES

From April 18 to November 24, 2024
SPUMA - Space for the Arts, Giudecca Venice

‘H2O Venezia: Diari d’acqua / Water Diaries’ is a collaboration between Lapis Lazuli: artE and the Fondazione Barovier&Toso. The group exhibition follows an artist-in-residence program for which five emerging artists were selected from around the world, to prepare a visual account of Venice based on first-hand experience.

Venice, built on more than 100 islands and connected by picturesque canals and waterways, forms the leitmotif of the ‘Water Diaries’, the artistic creations that were directly inspired by the city and which carry authentic experiences, thoughts, and feelings. The ‘Water Diaries’ are narrated in single works or conceived as larger series; while they preserve their individual characters through their distinctive appearance, they correspond to one another through the central theme.

The exhibition is being organised at SPUMA – Space for the Arts at Giudecca, parallel to the 60th International Art Exhibition ‘Stranieri ovunque / Foreigners Everywhere’ of the Biennale di Venezia.

The selected artists are Alizée Gazeau (from France), Marija Jaensch (from Holland), Amy Thai (from Australia), Sofía Toribio (from Argentina), and Jiaying Wu (from China). The exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, works on paper, textiles, and installations.

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Painting is Alizée Gazeau’s medium of expression and an object of research. She captures places by extracting their essence to create series of works that resonate with their history and environment.
Marija Jaensch is an artist who opens dialogues with paintings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Her large-scale, multi-layered textiles are the result of labour-intensive manual processes and in-depth academic research.
Amy Thai is an experimental artist, working with the ephemeral medium of flowers in contrast to the enduring substance of marble. Guided by the connection between art and nature, Amy's work as sculptor transitions between a variety of materials.
Sofía Toribio is a painter who learned her art through academic training in Córdoba, Argentina. The invisible world inside the immigrant’s heart has become the central theme for her paintings.
Jiaying Wu’s work is centred on recording water from various geographic regions. She uses traditional mediums of ink and rice paper and creates contemporary free-flow ink paintings directly on the water’s surface.