ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Have you ever experienced the voluntary ignorance or minimization of an obvious, evident truth? Social taboos and generally embarrassing, controversial situations can be good examples of realities from which humankind’s attitude tends to escape. Indeed, we prefer to avoid discussion around disturbing, difficult themes, even if those are particularly conspicuous.
WHY DO WE CHOOSE TO RUN AWAY FROM HIGHLY CHARGED ISSUES, RATHER THAN FACING THEM?
The exhibition ‘Elephant in the Room’ converts the invisible, or what we pretend not to see, into visible, testing and analyzing themes and sensations that often challenge our behaviors as human beings. As society accustomed us to take distance from controversial, embarrassing experiences, we became used to hiding to ourselves the emotions resulting from particular topics or situations.
The gallery space displays multimedia works from a big range of young artists, which convey their personal interpretation of the theme through their art. You are facing many diverse Elephants, with which you have the chance to connect more directly, therefore dialoguing with usually hidden truths.
Hence, there is always something that is seeking to be heard and talked about, either apparently invisible or voluntarily omitted; there is always something in between us involving our unconscious state.
16th – 20st November, London.
All the artworks are on sale
Ask Anna and Maddalena for prices.
1. Teitatt Qway – Garptwo
Materials: video, audio, drawings
The video is a loop animation made of twelve drawings in sequence, which are going to be exposed and relate to the twelve frames on the wall in front of you.
The concept behind this project is the idea that what we don’t say is not always who we really are.Read More
That all the thoughts we have in our heads, that make us the person we are, are always hidden and kept it a secret in our minds. So I wanted to express this, representing the chaos of the ideas through a video with some of the thoughts I wrote.
3. 4. Cause/Relief – Riccardo Raffin
3.. +8000 printed A4 sheets of paper, typographic statement.
4. Four A4 framed oil pastel drawings.
These works investigate the topic of responsibility with a bilateral outcome free for the taking, and a figurative depiction.Read More
The participatory act builds up a tension between a conscious deterioration of a shared feeling and the ownership of a personal truth.
5. Eldritch Blast – Link Hg
Materials: Digital print on silver paper, 23×31 cm
Eldritch Blast is a project based on a graphic series, inspired by the abstraction of usual scenes and landscapes that cause astonishment in our everyday life.Read More
In this experimentation Link Hg wants to give a different look to things that generate emotions turning these moments into an unrecognizable way made only by lines and essential forms.
With his works, the artist is asking the watcher: What surprises you? And what’s the factor that accompanies all this emotion in our life experience?
What if the main theme isn’t the elephant present in the room but the fact that we are astonished by him?
6. Son of sixteen – Nicolò Cambrai
Materials: canvas, wool yarn, made hand made, 1.50×1.50 m
The work was developed during the first lockdown, in London. Here, the artist included the many different feelings experienced during this 3 months period. The work is very much representative of Cambrai’s artistic aesthetic and it reveals the accomplishment of the wire technique.Read More
The painting conveys a sense of unity, fullness, and volume. Here, the thread constitutes that element capable of forming through its fineness and linear simplicity, something powerful and rich in the eyes of the viewer.
Cambrai considers all its works abstract images that combine together the endlessness of humans’ emotions. Sometimes it is hard to tell what we think, to bring out our ideas, and so our brain starts to mess up, to mix every feeling that is stuck inside it. What if the lines of this artwork represent indeed the messy links between all our hidden thoughts?
8. I love this world – Nicolò Cambrai
Materials: globe and asphalt / bitumen
This work is the demonstration of the self-destruction that we are shattering in the world in which we live. The bitumen (or asphalt), is often used interchangeably to mean both natural and manufactured forms of the substance.Read More
It is used for road construction and for this reason it surrounds us. The world, wrapped inside the plastic bag, and overwhelmed by the bitumen substance, communicates the feeling of suffocation as metaphor of our polluted reality.
The bitumen inside our planet becomes the elephant, of which everybody is aware of, but prefers not to take care of.
9. Playing footsie I – Kevin Ianeselli
Materials: 24 kilos of clay.
You “play footsie” when you touch someone’s feet with your own under the table, usually in order to show your sexual interest in the person, as Cambridge Dictionary says.Read More
This work wants to be a symbol of what we do hide from the judge. This represents a situation that is explicit and private at the same time, something that is hidden under the table but everyone could know about.
10. Playing footsie II – Kevin Ianeselli
Materials: canvas and acrylics
You “play footsie” when you touch someone’s feet with your own under the table, usually in order to show sexual interest in the person, as Cambridge Dictionary says.Read More
This work wants to be a symbol of what we do hide from the judge. This represents a situation that is explicit and private at the same time, something that is hidden under the table but everyone could know about. I hope you like your feet.
11. Sin Pena! – Lucìa Quevedo
Materials: Silicone, pigments.
Sin Pena! Is an installation piece, a composition of flat, rounded opaque silicone shapes, imitating fat pieces from slices of charcuterie. Made at slightly larger proportions, the tacky yet smooth texture of the silicone sticks well onto flat surfaces.Read More
They will be laid and stuck on the wall or column recreating the traces of a salami shape for example. Dimensions vary depending on the proportions of the surface chosen to show, and how many pieces are chosen to compose the installation.
The installation is reflecting on sticky situations that happen to us all: between avoiding eye contact with another human, the attempts of turning the other way to avoid that conversation from another, or perhaps failing to not be stuck in the middle of some dispute. The pursuit of trimming the fat, because your life is apparently oh so great without all these contenders.
12. 13. Energies exchange & Conversation – DMINTN
Materials: recycled PVC
The two artworks are connected. The red line is indeed the bridge between the two sculptures and it represents human intimacy, not meant as a physical and carnal connection between the bodies but instead, as the more intimate and platonic feelings that we as humankind experience when in love with somebody.Read More
We suggest you to look at these two artworks as if they were two people, inevitably connected to one another by an inner feeling and trying to dialogue about what they feel, their secrets, their experiences, their tastes, and passions. What if they feel embarrassed within this process? Can the feeling of love become the elephant? Something so easy but difficult to overlap and admit to both the other person and ourselves.
DMINTN wants to express this concept, as he experiences intimate conversations just through the act of creating, ideating, and making art.
14. Ugly Postcards – Eva Venzo & Link Hg
Materials and dimension: A5, prints on matte paper
Ugly postcards is a project that researches the connection between illegal buildings present in the peripheral area of Monopoli (Puglia) and they’re being invisible to most tourists and people who visit and live in this region of Italy.Read More
Abusiveness and mafia are one of the main problems of Puglia, they pretend to be ignored but in reality, their presence is like a very big Elephant who doesn’t let people do whatever they want ’cause there is no space for them in the room.
With our art, we want to give life to these forgotten urban elements, because their presence is controversial but fascinating. Who decides what is beautiful and what is not?