Maria Rebecca Ballestra | LABRYS

Maria Rebecca Ballestra | LABRYS


Friday 20 April 2018 – 20,30 | 22,30

At Gallery SPACE TESTONI, Bologna in Via D'Azeglio 50, Friday 20 April 2018 from 20,30 all 22,30 opens the exhibition of works created for the project LABRYS Maria Rebecca Ballestra and by Giorgia Gastaldon, that during this inaugural evening together also present a preview of the monographic catalog on the project just published by De Ferrari Editore Genoa.

Labrys is a contemporary art project conceived and created visual artist Maria Rebecca Ballestra that, as the title suggests, explores the theme - symbolic and visual - of the labyrinth, taking inspiration from reading texts Julien Friedler The Truth of the Labyrinth. The project was developed during years two through nine stages, each of which has resulted in the realization of one or more artworks, the result of collaborations with other protagonists of the contemporary world (artists, choreographers, actors, writers, and so on…), and the national and international artist residencies.

In addition to works created entirely by Maria Rebecca Ballestra and in collaboration with other artists, and those made by guest artists, accompany this exhibition at Spazio Testoni six historic photographic documents on the work of Land Art Spiral Jetty realized in 1970 da Robert Smithson a Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Uth - Usha, and work of Aldo Spinelli The sign and symbol of the 1978, both kindly provided by UnimediaModern Gallery Genoa.

The subject "maze" is not chosen by randomly, rather: Maria Rebecca Ballestra brings forward its reflection on this theme in the light of the finding that the image of the maze, in different centuries and civilizations, It has always been invested with different meanings and "other". In the various stages of this project, in fact, the artist investigates, from time to time, a different aspect of the image and the concept of the maze and each of these reflections represents a different stage of Labrys.

Thanks to the support of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and the precious hospitality of the Mental Health Center Basaglia Park, the entire project - also achieved by promoting Altreforme Udine - has been reflected in a series of exhibitions, roundtables, workshops, performance, which they took place in Gorizia from October 2017 to March 2018.

The project has its roots on a solid and intricate network of technical and scientific partners. During the months of her pregnancy, in fact, numerous were the realities that have provided, in very diverse ways, their valuable contribution to the performance and to the realization of the ambitious program of Labrys.

In addition to international partners - we highlight in this regard Signal Fire Art (Arizona), The Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice Art and Spirit of Boz Foundation (Julien Friedler Association for Contemporary Art Italy-Belgium) they hosted in residence Maria Rebecca Ballestra in some of the stages of the project - there are many organizations who believed in the project thus allowing their patronage: remember, among others, the University of Udine, the Company Health Services of Lower Friuli Isontina, the City of Gorizia, The Journal of Foundations, the State Library Isontina, and the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the university of Trieste.

After the project Gorizia Labrys - characterized by a strong nomadic nature - moves to Bologna guest of the gallery Spazio Testoni, also among the partners in this project and the 2012 represents thevoro artist Maria Rebecca Ballestra.

The exhibition will remain on display until 30 June 2018.

Project website:

With the support and the support of:
Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia
Health Services Company No.. 2 Lower Friuli Isontina
City of Gorizia
University of Udine
State Library of Gorizia Isontina
De Ferrari Publisher, Genoa
KB 1909
Studio Faganel, Gorizia
Kinemax, Gorizia
Agoré, Social promotion Association, Gorizia

In partnership with:
Spirit of Boz, Julien Friedler Association for Contemporary Art (Italy-Belgium)
The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venezia
The Journal of Foundations
Signal Fire Art, Arizona (USA)
Cloud Theater, Genoa
Proballet, Sanremo
University of Trieste, Department of Engineering and Architecture
Gallery Space Testoni, Bologna
Gallery UnimediaModern, Genoa
Cloud Theater, Genoa
Proballet, Sanremo
University of Trieste, Department of Engineering and Architecture
Radio Strawberry
ISIS D’Annunzio
Max Fabiani Art School of Gorizia
Gorizia High School
High School Duca degli Abruzzi in Gorizia
European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation EGTC-GO

Graphic project Fludesign

Website Remigio Guadagnini

Catalog De Ferrari Publisher, Genoa in April 2018

Texts Giorgia Gastaldon

Translations Catherine Guardini (supervision and coordination), aja Bain (final review)

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