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Opening 4 Exhibitions at CREA 16th April 2024

Aprile 16 @ 16:00 - 19:00

An intense 2024 marked by international collaborations and research opens on April 16th at CREA Cantieri del Contemporaneo on the island of Giudecca in Venice.
The CREA Cantieri del Contemporaneo project, directed by Pier Paolo Scelsi, has always combined and systematised the ability to connect contemporary artistic languages ​​and the production realities of local craftsmanship, merging into a single vision that aims to preserve the cultural identity of Venice, its heritage of arts, crafts and residences , drawing on the proactive force of the world of contemporary arts. From the very identity of CREA, a bridge project between the visual arts and the daily and common living It is from the natural propensity to be a place of experimentation and opportunity, comes the very rich program that will begin on April 16th and will extend for the entire 7 months of the Venice Biennale period.

From April 16th.

From April 16th 2024 the first major international exhibition of the UK’s unique and radical Disability Arts Movement, showcasing seven of the leading radical disabled artists from this world-shaking arts movement that helped win rights for disabled people and create the same time a large and important artistic production around these themes..
The goal of CREA’s 2024 flagship exhibition is to change the way we look at disabled people, putting them in power rather than treating them with pity.
The exhibition, supported by the British Council and Arts Council, conveys the enthusiasm and creativity of the DAM Movement, with podcasts and publications planned throughout the seven months of the exhibition. Furthermore, the Graphic Novel Crip Arte Spazio showing the DAM blew up Venice and won the Golden Lion. “CRIP ARTE SPAZIO: THE DAM IN VENICE” conveys the sheer exuberance, joy and creative explosion of the strong DAM movement.
Curated by David Hevey with exhibition design by Nina Shen, the more than 20 works are framed by enormous, witty and extraordinary protest banners, imposingcomic strips describing the history of the DAM, and giant cinema screens showing films on artists directed by David. Even with our graphic novel Crip Arte Spazio, which shows the DAM blowing up Venice and winning the Golden Lion, CRIP ARTE SPAZIO: THE DAM IN VENICE conveys the sheer exuberance, joy and creative explosion of the great DAM Movement.
In addition to works by artists Terence Birch, Tony Heaton OBE, Jameisha Prescod, Abi Palmer, Ker Wallwork, Tanya Raabe-Webber, Jason Wilsher-Mills and Keith Armstrong, there there will be podcasts and publications during the seven months of the exhibition.

◉ CYFEST 15: Vulnerability
The second exhibition which also opens on April 16th is a chapter of the traveling exhibitions hosted around the world at important cultural and public institutions. CYFEST 15 took place in Yerevan, Armenia and Miami, USA, in 2023, and will continue in Venice, Italy, in 2024. (Anti) fragility of biological, social and cyber spaces, personal memories and scientific imagination, the reproduction of rain and nature’s ability to be a creative agent, the connection between knitting patterns and a complex mathematical procedure like the Mandelbrot set, everything converges in our new large collective exhibition and CREATES and will involve the artists Samvel Baghdasaryan, Ludmila Belova, Max Blotas, Alexandra Dementieva, Alexey Dymdymarchenko, Yvetta Fedorova, Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov, Irina Korina, Natalia Lyakh, Anne Marie Maes, Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya, Tuula Närhinen, Nao Nishihara, Fabrizio Plessi, Mariateresa Sartori, Monica Naranjo Uribe, Where Dogs Run.
Curated by Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Silvia Burini, Alexandra Dementieva.

It’s the third appointment at CREA from the April 16. The exhibition, curated by Alena Stetsiukevich, provokes a reflection on the difficult loss of one’s identity as a consequence of detachment from one’s native culture. Dig deep inside longing for a safe place to call home, whether within yourself or in the world as a physical realm. It examines the inner transformation that occurs as a consequence of facing global challenges and the circumstances that force individuals to abandon their homeland in search of a sense of belonging.
With the works of two international artists, Lidia Russkova-Hasaya and Timofey Kolesnikov, lat exhibition captures the essence of homesickness in a very provocative thought. Through various mediums, such as photography, installation, and video art, both artists explore the depths of this feeling, offering a unique perspective on human experience.

◉ Open Showroom
Stallmann Galleries and POV Contemporary collaborates in Venice to present their first joint project. The intervention opens the doors of Daniel Spivakov’s studio at CREA and proposes, from 16 to 21 April, a dialogue between different international artists from London, Berlin, Kiev and New York. The showroom brings together painting, sculpture and photography of established and emerging artists such as Mino, Daniel Spivakov himself, Victoria Pidust, Pegasus Product, Matthew Murphy, Antonio Lanna, Alex Müller, Sam Cherof

◉ Performance e Talk from 11.00 am
The opening day of April 16th will be correlated and enriched by a packed program of performances and talks curated by Sara Bizai, Victoria Fedeeva, Filippo Vane and Gaia De Santi which will involve artists and curators of the various exhibitions and not only around the theme of balance and fragility.
Among these we mention the stage of The Ballad of Human Mutations of the artist Aliteia who brings at CREA a moment of “pure experience”. The spectator is asked to walk without his certainties now considered taken for granted, namely sight and balance. Accompanied by performers with Charcot-Marie-Tooth – one of the most widespread rare hereditary degenerative diseases – the public is invited to experience their own ballad. The Venetian red carpet is turned over to be the carpet of fragility as a new social value, both aesthetic and experiential. The performance ofThe Ballad It thus becomes a pronaos that puts the spectator in a position to open up towards the issues of diversity and welcome them as the primary form of the human being.

Do not feed wild Animals by Antonio Irre, an Italian artist originally from Veneto, presents a new performance created specifically for the open spaces of CREA Cantieri del Contemporaneo. A reflection on the city of Venice through the figure of the seagull, symbol of freedom through the centuries, today perfectly set along the commercial streets of Venice, where he specialized in the rapacious kleptomaniac theft of sandwiches, pizzas and croissants from the air.
Inspired by “I like America and I like America” ​​by Joseph Beuys, the performance is a wish that the city will once again become a symbol of freedom and connection across the seas.

Beatrice Donda will bring the screening of performance Not a Cookbook performed on 22 June 2023 inside the MLZ Art Dep Gallery in Trieste, it constitutes an exploration of the flow of consciousness in the creative process of a work.
A bed at center stage as a tangible symbol of the place where the artist spent time writing his artist’s book. A collection of poems born in 2019 and concluded in 2022, the first of a trilogy.
Forty minutes in which the artist, confined in a large room of the gallery, embarking on an internal journey in search of inspiration, interconnects with the elements that will then shape the pages of her poetry: milk, the crab, the cigarette, the eggs.
The audience and the artist separated by a large glass door from which they can voyeuristically observe what is happening inside the room as if they were peering through a keyhole, make the sense of intimacy that this act requires tangible. Something private and otherwise inaccessible instead turns out to be visible to the eyes of the spectators.

On April 18 CREA will have the pleasure of hosting a meeting between artists, curators, institutions and artisans of the sea promoted by Marlands, a community of contemporary artists and researchers united to address cultural and ecological issues in the Mediterranean islands. This project aims to implement collaborations between arts and sciences to raise awareness across Europe of the islands. The goal is to create and implement specific methodologies of cooperation that offer concrete solutions to residents, wildlife and ecosystems.


Aprile 16
16:00 - 19:00
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