BIOGRAFIA PLURALE

VIRGINIA RYAN 2000 – 2016


Saturday, March 4, 2017  at 18:30  the Center for Contemporary Art Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary Trevi  will open the exhibition Biografia Plurale: Virginia Ryan 2000-2016. This is a systematic review of the artist's production over more than fifteen years in  two West African nations, Ghana and the Ivory Coast .

Over this intensely lived period, Virginia Ryan has developed a large body of work  which is formally eclectic yet coherent in vision. Assisted by two curators from different backgrounds, Ivan Bargna (art anthropologist) and Maurizio Coccia (art historian), the exhibition at Palazzo Lucarini combines the artist's gaze which could be at times described as  ethno-graphic with the catalytic function of contemporary art. By negotiationg the ready-made and montage with personal observation, Virginia Ryan offers an (inevitably) partial synthesis which is both  extremely vital and empathetic.

 At the heart of her research is the function of  the production and dissemination of images (art, photography and advertising) which contribute to the culture and memory of the countries in which she has worked and intervenes in articulating the biographies and relationships of the people encountered formally or casually. The art of Virginia Ryan is in deep conversation with both images and  the imagination of modern and urbanized Africa, far removed from stereotypes. 

Biografia Plurale is closely linked to The Art of Migration project, which will be inaugurated on the same date at the Pinacoteca Comunale di Trevi at 16.30. Springing from the art studio entitled  MakeArtNotWalls /Italia , a group of asylum seekers from West Africa has worked closely with the artist and co-facilitator Julia Perry over several months in  an experiential workshop, where the sharing of artistic practice becomes a means  to navigate the new social reality. 

The Honourable Jean-Léonard Touadi will inaugurate the double event.During the exhibition, on March 25, at 17:00, there is the screening of the film JC Abbey Ghana's Puppeteerby Steven Feld, which won the Intangible Culture Film Prize 2017 at the Royal Anthropological Institute Festival, UK.On  April 25th, the last day of the exhibition,  the documentary film Art Of Migration by Matteo Fiorucci and Bernardo Angeletti and  the bi-lingual volume Plural Biography. Art Life Bricolage in the work of Virginia Ryan, published by Fabbri Editore from Perugia, Italy will be presented to the public.





Passaggi di memoria/Steps of Memory 

1/9 Ottobre 2016

Quarto appuntamento per CASTELNUOVO FOTOGRAFIA, il festival fotografico dedicato al paesaggio nelle sue innumerevoli declinazioni, tra fotografia, libri, arte e architettura, che torna il 1, 2 e 9 ottobre 2016 nella Rocca Colonna a Castelnuovo di Porto (Roma), ideato e diretto da Elisabetta Portoghese e organizzato dall’Associazione DIECIQUINDICI, con il contributo del Comune di Castelnuovo di Porto e il patrocinio di Legambiente e dell’Istituto Giapponese di Cultura.

Mostre, proiezioni, incontri, editoria, letture portfolio, performance, workshop in cui critici, curatori ed editori, insieme ad artisti, maestri della fotografia e fotografi emergenti espongono i propri lavori sui temi dell' esplorazione del paesaggio contemporaneo: paesaggio naturale, urbano e sociale.

L’edizione di quest’anno, dal titolo MINDSCAPE. Scatti e memoria, trae ispirazione dall’esplorazione del paesaggio nell’immaginario collettivo.
Non solo paesaggio fisico e oggettivo, il
landscape si fonde con il mindscape nella ricerca di una declinazione piu? intima di paesaggio, legata al modo di vivere e di vedere. Letteralmente il paesaggio mentale che le persone costruiscono investendo lo spazio reale di significati altri, rendendolo parte di un processo di elaborazione e interpretazione. Il Mindscape proposto a Castelnuovo Fotografia 2016 sara? quindi una sorta di viaggio nel tempo, dai ricordi conservati nelle veline degli album, alle memorie evanescenti delle immagini digitali, disperse in uno spazio infinito e immateriale.

Come sempre, il festival avra? come sfondo il borgo medievale di Castelnuovo di Porto, immerso nel paesaggio di impareggiabile bellezza della campagna romana a soli 30 km dalla capitale.

Virginia Ryan espone nella  collettiva Passaggi di Memoria, a cura di Elisabetta Portoghese e Manuela De Leonardis. 





Pascali/Ryan/Bouabre vernissage

29 March 2015 ~ 28th June Sicily 
The Museo Civico of Castelbuono (Palermo) is pleased to present two exhibitions organized in collaboration with the Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali of Polignano a Mare (Bari). Pino Pascali, the African is the first exhibition ever in Sicily devoted to one of the protagonists of Italian art of the Twentieth century. Sirens presents an installation by Australian artist Virginia Ryan, together with a group of works by the African artist Frédéric Brouly Bouabré, centred on the myth of mermaids. The project is curated by Laura Barreca, Director of the Museum and Santa Nastro,

 

12 April ~ 1 June 2014

Virginia Ryan 'FLUID TALES'

curated by Rosalba Brana' and Lia del  Venere.

MUseo Pino Pascali ,Puglia


2nd May~21 June 2014

Virginia Ryan 'Espace a Louer'

Galerie Cecile Fakhoury, Abidjan





First Contemporary African Art Fair,

London,Somerset House,October 2013

present in stand G8, Galerie Cecile Fakhoury

PADIGLIONE TIBET

BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

curated by Ruggero Maggi

Padiglione Tibet ,Venice, Chiesa di Santa Marta, from 29 May to 7 September 2013.

ICASTICA 2013

First International Arezzo Biennial of Art

Project: GLOCAL WOMEN

curated by Fabio Migliorati

From 7 June to 1 September 2013, Arezzo will host an extraordinary and prestigious culture event - its first International Arezzo Art Biennial. The Biennial will be dedicated to contemporary visual art and will be accompanied by ancillary events devoted to architecture, design, theatre, music and dance. The Biennial will include installations, forums, workshops and performances characterizing and investigating the language of artistic creativity in the new millennium. The first edition will be devoted exclusively to women artists representing six continents. The Biennial will take place every two years. The inaugural edition is entitled ICASTICA, meaning the art of representing reality by that which is effective, incisive, and suggestive as well as embodying propitious and concise action. The concept is both precise and flexible. It is best encapsulated in Glocalisation ? a theory drawing on notions of global and local - developed by sociologist Roland Robertson and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman. Acting as venues for contemporary art, Arezzo?s museums, historic and ancient buildings, magnificent churches, and splendid piazzas will connect past and present, contemporary art, the Renaissance, and the Middle Ages through the works of 40 extraordinary women artists taking their inspiration from Piero della Francesca, Pietro Lorenzetti, Cimabue, and Vasari

MUNICIPALITY OF AREZZO, CULTURE DEPARTMENT

A) Sala S. Ignazio, Chiesa S. Ignazio, Via Giosuè Carducci Yoko Ono, NUTOPIA

B) Palazzo Chianini e Vincenzi, Via Cesalpino Carole A. Feuerman,US; GWP, Jennifer White Kuri, US; Marianna Uutinen, FINLANDIA; Liina Siib, ESTONIA; Yoko Ono, NUTOPIA;

C) Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna, Via Lorentino (Ground Floor) Chiharu Shiota, JAPAN; Carole A. Feuerman, US (First Floor) Amy Cheung, HONG KONG, CHINA, Federica Marangoni, ITALY; (Courtyard) Vibha Galhotra, INDIA

D) Museo Archeologico Virginia Ryan, AUSTRALIA

MuseoLaboratorio,Citta' Sant'Angelo

July/August 2013

Il Grado Zero dello Sguardo

a cura di Enzo Leonibus and Maurizio Coccia.

OPEN 16

Venice,September 2013

curated by Paolo De Grandis and Carlotta Scarpa.

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