Across the Bridge Contemporary Italian Art in London

Across the Bridge: Contemporary Italian Art in London, Curated by Carola Syz

6th to 12th September 2011

Private View Tuesday 6th September at 6pm. The Italian Ambassador Alain Giorgio Maria Economides will officially open the show at 6.pm

After the success of the group exhibition at the Italian Embassy in London last June, Francesca Fiumano will be hosting the exhibition ‘Across the Bridge’ at her Gallery Fiumano Fine, Connaught Street, London W2. A young and vibrant group of contemporary artists, whose work has evolved both in Italy and London explore and express their creativity through photography and painting. They experiment with a variety of materials and techniques to create unique and arresting work. The themes they address are various and the artists’ creativity is not bounded by country or continent. The bridge these artists cross in their life and work is a symbol of their artistic development in different countries; they take what is best from both, the Italian and the British and make it their own by expressing their creativity in a unique way.  The bridge is interpreted literally or it can symbolize transitions between the outer and inner worlds. Some of these artists follow a metaphysical path or find their inspiration through Eastern philosophies. Their research and interest has led them to explore different cultures and populations and to create works inspired by the recent Tsunami in Japan, Mao’s communist China, the Hungarian Steppe as well as Coney Island NY.

Exhibiting artists:

Alessia E.R. Avellino is an Italian artist working in London. Her work features cityscapes and seascapes exploring light and space, contrast and line, atmosphere and movement. She graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2000 and has since won several awards and scholarships such as the The Drawing Year at The Prince’s Drawing School, the Bruce Church Scholarship and the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize at the Royal Academy of Arts, (previous recipients of the prize include Paula Rego and Frank Auerbach). Her work is in public and private collections including ITV, BP, Homan, Fenwick & Willan, and Yolles.

Maria Ines Aguirre- MIA – was born in Entre Rios, Argentina – a country that remains of great inspiration for her work.  She graduated in Fine Art from the University of Tucuman, and won a scholarship to study with Fabrizio Plessi at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice.  She has had numerous solo shows in Europe and South America.  Recent works include the London Elephant Parade, Natuzzi/London Design Week.  In 2010 she was artist in residence at Steinway & Sons, London, where she painted a Model D concert grand piano, which will be launched later this year – a project inspired by her late Italian mother María Inés Manfredini, who was a gifted artist and pianist.

Enzo Barracco was born in Sicily in 1973. He is a photographer who lives in London and works around Europe. His artistic research is often inspired by nature. Enzo has exhibited in several group shows and participated in the Premio Fernanda Pivano. He has undertaken commercial work for firms such as Phaidon Press, Barclay’s Bank, Estée Lauder, Park Hyatt Group, Montclair and Vivienne Westwood.

Francesco Caradonna was born 1979 in Taranto, Apulia, Italy. He has worked as a Film Editor and exhibited as an Independent Photographer in Italy, USA and UK. He graduated from the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, where he was initiated into the art of storytelling. Francesco lives in London. He takes photographs seeking unusual perspectives working with both traditional and digital technologies.

Annalisa Catelli was born in Turin and has lived in New York and London. She has a degree in Literature from Bologna University, a Fine Art Painting degree from City & Guilds of London Art School and has studied Drawing at Chelsea Art College. Solo exhibitions include Art Lounge, Birmingham; Walton Gallery, London; Vecchietti Gallery, Bologna; Lang Gallery, London and the William Thuillier Gallery, London. Annalisa has been selected for various Art Prizes including The Threadneedle Art Prize, The Celeste Art Prize, and The Discerning Eye.

Piera Costantini Scala was born in Udine, Italy in 1971. She has a BA in Political Studies and an MA in Contemporary Art. Piera researches the human condition, and has formed her perception by exploring and documenting the dynamics of ethnic populations. Focusing on the mysterious and foreign, Piera is interested in fading traditions. In her recent work she photographed the Saharawi camp in Algeria, and has exhibited her series at the GLA centre – Mayor of London, the Thomas Williams Fine Art Gallery and the Richmix Foundation in London.  Her work has also been shown at the David Gilles Galleries, Fendi, Black and White Gallery and a group show at the Serpentine Gallery, London.

Filiberto Crosa was born in Torino in 1964. He is an eclectic artist who is always searching for different forms of expression. He believes that only through the use of different methods and materials can he properly express through his art the years spent observing, revisiting and narrating. He has exhibited in several important galleries in Italy and abroad such as Marena Room’s gallery, Turin; Cassiopea Gallery, Rome; Promotrice delle belle Arti, Turin and other group shows.

Francesco Grillo was born in Cerignola (Italy) in 1974. He studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Foggia. He was chosen for an apprentership in fresco technique, organised by the M.A.C.A.M. and led by Silvano Gilardi (Torino). His works have been selected for two important prizes, ‘Andrea Pazienza’ in San Severo and the prize for the ‘Limner Gallery’ in New York . In 2003 Grillo lectured at the Northern Illinois University in Dekalb (Chicago). Later on he moved to Rome where many exhibitions have been held, such as Proiezioni at Collezionando Gallery in Rome 2008, Arts and Materials at Istituto Portoghesi in Rome 2008. The latest exhibition was Terra e Sale at Masseria Boezio in Ostuni (Bari) 2010.

Stefano Minzi was born in Milan in 1976. He graduated in History of Art at Universita La Sapienza in Rome. From 2007 to 2009 Stefano Minzi lived in London where he completed a Masters Degree in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts. Since 1998 Stefano has been exhibiting his works in Italy and abroad. Solo exhibitions include: Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Rome, Galerie FMAB, Berlin Galerie L’Affiche, Milan and AOCF58 Gallery, Rome. In group shows Minzi has exhibited in New York, Berlin, London, Anchorage, Portland, and Japan.

Petroc Sesti was born in London in 1973 and grew up in Tuscany. He was educated at Byam Shaw and Chelsea College of Art. His exhibitions around the world include: Energy-Matter-Space-Time, Kistefos Museum Norway (2007), Fluid States at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago (2008), Vanishing Point at Paul Kasmin (New York 2008), Etemad Gallery: British Art Today ‘new works’, Dubai (2011) and the MONA Museum Tasmania (2011). Petroc’s work will be part of the exhibition at ‘Our Earth’ at Gran Palais Paris in 2012.

Carola Syz Sarzi-Amade was born in Rome and lives and works in London. Carola studied Art and Modern Languages and Literature in Rome and later Video Documentary and Drama at Westminster College, and Photography City & Guilds at Kensington & Chelsea College, London. She creates abstract photographic compositions, taking everyday objects and capturing their own unique perspective. Through her photographic work she deconstructs and transforms objects into fantasy shapes and abstract images. Carola is also a portrait photographer and is currently working on a book project on Indian Contemporary Artists Studios. She has created several photographic series which portray different facets of the Indian and Chinese culture. Narlai (Rajasthan) Portraits and Details 2005, Yin & Yang 2007, Sightings 2008, Optical 2009, Mudras 2010. She has exhibited her work extensively in UK and Europe. Among her exhibitions are Galleria Antonacci, Rome, The European Commission, London and  The Nehru Centre, London.

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