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Artists: Cristian Avram, Linda Carrara, Jared C. Deery, Nebojša Despotović, Dido Fontana, Andrea Fontanari, Veronica de Giovanelli, Daniel González, Tamara Janes, Richard Loskot, Federico Seppi.

Curated by Giorgia Lucchi Boccanera

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, London, 1818

Thought the ages, art has provided solace in challenging times. At a time when so many of us are looking for a feel-good moment, or a brief respite from the onslaught of the daily news cycle, Boccanera Gallery decided to present a new online exhibition dedicated to the imagination entitled Boccanera Fiction. At one point, coronavirus disappeared from our thoughts for at least a second. Maybe we were fed up with the cold number of contagions, graphs, peaks, and the end of hymns on balconies.

We are living a reality that has overtaken fantasy. We want to go back to investigating art, to face the current situation through all the possible paradigm of interpretation. It is our quarantine that persuades us to overturn the gallery's program and to revive the interpretations of the beautiful and even frightening adventures that our eleven artists narrate in their poetics. The choice may seem the most appropriate given the times. After all, working from home, what could be better, in the time of the invisible enemy, to take the privilege of thinking about something else with your own resources? By creating emotions in each of us.

Fiction VS Reality. The artworks - published one at a time, from Wednesday to Saturday on Instagram - will be followed by a short video in which a daily action is reproduced: a message that represents the ordinary and identifies the personal interpretation of the reality of each artist.

From the worlds of the unconscious, the ghosts of the past of Nebojša Despotović, to the large brushstrokes of Andrea Fontanari presenting childhood memories as happy photographs of a safe harbour. Moving on to the eroticism of Dido Fontana's shots, and, then, the many perspectives condensed into a single painting by Linda Carrara build an imaginative and suspended reality that leads the viewer elsewhere. Daniel González's explosion of liveliness in his South American world makes art a collective thought. And Tamara Janes, through her research inspired by Hito Steyer's "In defence of the Poor Image", recovers the photographic waste of the Internet, creating new assemblages, even impossible ones. Jared C. Deery's flowers become human as in the garden of wonders. Richard Loskot recreates nature with technology. Cristian Avram, with his melancholy voice, recalls a distant time, at the gates of the Last Judgement. Federico Seppi intervenes directly in nature and on nature. Veronica de Giovanelli unexpectedly makes explode the landscape in its most visceral and profound dimension.

Boccanera Fiction is a virtual exhibition, with a closed-door gallery, and will be accessible through all the gallery's online channels: via website and through the gallery's social networks, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo, and WhatsApp. From Wednesday to Saturday, we will post one artwork through the gallery's social networks followed by a video. The exhibition wants to bring us closer when we have to remain distant, and at the same time, leads us to contemplation, giving us time to analyse and observe one work at a time.

Boccanera - with this exhibition about imagination - wants to tell the world that we are not giving up. Art is life, art is passion. You can find it even in the darkest moments, if only you remember to open your eyes to the happiness of life and of what you see. We invite you to surprise yourself.

Nebojša Despotović
Letting it go (Prestami la tua luce), 2019
Oil and acrylic on canvas
162x129 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Andrea Fontanari
A Curious boy, 2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Dido Fontana
Untitled, 2011
C-print
70 x 50 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Linda Carrara
ecolalia_07, 2015
Oil, pigments and acrylic on linen canvas
270 x 200 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Tamara Janes
Save The Poor Image-Hommage to Hito Steyer, 2017
Installation: Video, Mediaplayer, Audio, loop 2'20''
Environmental dimension
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Jared C. Deery
Days after the Seeds were Sewn, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
122 x 183 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Federico Seppi
Svellere, 2019
Fallen tree “Vaia” storm on October 28, 2018, and oxidized copper
10 x 4 x 4 m
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Veronica de Giovanelli
Sans château, 2018
Oil and acrylic on board
30 x 30 cm
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Cristian Avram
To protect a light, 2020
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm
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Daniel González
Nice Mountain Monument, 2018
Hand-stitched sequins on canvas and mixed media
150 x 200 cm

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Richard Loskot
Ocean System, 2012
Installation: radio, amplifier, speaker, neon, digital print
Environmental dimension
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Nebojša Despotović
Struttura del paesaggio (Landscape structure), 2009
Oil on canvas
230 x 250 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Andrea Fontanari
Scream little boy, 2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Dido Fontana
XIMENA_TEMPORARY PORTRAIT_QUARANTINE EDITION, 2020
One minute, webcam, questions
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Tamara Janes
Poor Image, 2016
Inkjet print
25 x 30 cm
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Veronica de Giovanelli
Roccia calcarea, 2017
Oil and acrylic on canvas
70 x 100 cm
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Cristian Avram
Visual Lapsus, 2017
Oil on canvas
65 x 90 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Daniel González
Sognando il Mare, 2018
Hand-sewn sequins on canvas, embroidery and mixed media
28 x 28 cm
Courtesy Boccanera Gallery Trento Milan IT

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Richard Loskot
Bird system, 2012
Installation: lamp, solar panel, electric system
Environmental dimension
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