ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with EGO’ Boutique Hotel, is pleased to announce the opening of the 11th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, international exhibition of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art, that will be held in Venice, at Palazzo Bembo from October 21 to November 10, 2022.
Image above: Mark De Roeck , Belgium, “Storytelling 63“
This is the eleventh edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022 – ITSLIQUID International Art Fair; the previous ones have been organized in prestigious venues and historical buildings in Venice, like Palazzo Dolfin Bollani, Palazzo Flangini, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, presenting more than 600 selected artists, coming from more than 40 countries from all over the world.
The eleventh edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE analyzes the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban settings in contemporary times, through two main sections: MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES.
MIXING IDENTITIES analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. The human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality; a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression.
FUTURE LANDSCAPES are abstract, infinite and conceptual, associated with a sense of freedom and infinite extension. Primarily experienced with the mind, spaces redefine their limits and borders, transforming surfaces into an open flow of pure ideas. This section focuses on the concept of the borders and the structures between body, mind and soul, the human identity and the city, the space and the ground.
Visitors can experience the themes of MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES through the art of the 11th Edition of the CONTEMPORARY VENICE at Palazzo Bembo, in Venice. Human beings are a dynamic mechanism linked to other bodies and environments through which they comprehend the world around us. Javier Serrano Alix uses his photography to show the strong clash between the richer outer areas and the subway galleries that become alive only at night, in cities where people’s identities are mixed with a decadent reality, where walls are walled up, serving as a mural for all kinds of graffiti. Correspondingly, in his sculpture “Smog,” Vietnamese artist Tran Van An combines smoke and fine dust that is currently mixing with urban residents’ daily lives.
Passion – possibly just a seven-letter word – is one of the many ways to understand the fascinating cosmos of the intricate labyrinths of our consciousness. Then again, it has a strong and compelling longing for something. The same is true of Vivann Varghese, shutterbug since childhood, his pastime developed into a burning passion later, leading to masterpieces.
Sung-Ji HUH uses a limited color palette in “Shining Chance” to create a distinct and vivid sense of space and shape. By doing this, the artist conveys in a realistic manner the cold, repetitive attempts at solving the problems that frequently create distress and lead to the emergence of other anxieties that are typically prohibited in the context of repentance. Susan Holt, on the other hand, uses meditation and mindfulness practices to focus when making “Spiralism” so that her art evokes a sense of happiness and tranquility.
If FUTURE LANDSCAPES focuses on the concept of the borders and the structures between body, mind and soul, the human identity and the city, the space and the ground, people’s cultural idiosyncrasies have always captivated Lidia Arrigada-García. She likes to believe that art, particularly photography, has the potential to transform the world for the better by bringing about social change and raising awareness of issues. To combat cruelty in all its forms, she thinks that people’s thoughts and emotions need to change. Mutual respect and cultural sensitivity are crucial, and they go hand in hand.
Spaces often redefine their limits and borders, transforming surfaces into an open flow of pure ideas and Mark De Roeck places additional emphasis on the details, color combinations, and compositions with attention to intriguing details and taking the flat perspective point of view. Regarding the light’s incidence and the environment’s state, which the artist doesn’t want to be altered in any way, he doesn’t want to make any concessions. Without the use of photo editing software or image enhancement, the spectator can see what was captured on-location.
Images of mystical, emotional mental and visual projections connect to and appreciate landscape inspirations, as well as other varied psychological states of the body and soul, in the delicate and soft sensitivity of Radka Vom’s eyes. They contain magical lights, hues, and vibrations. They also contain secrets and mysteries, restlessness and meditation, and painting contemplation. They are reflections of emotions, intuitions, and premonition, as well as knowledge and consciousness of the painter’s presence and “participation” in the landscape as well as the painter’s relationship to the landscape.
Riva del Carbon, 4793 – 4785, Venice
Friday, 21 October 2022 until Thursday, 10 November 2022