Conversations will be in English
Zoya Shokoohi (Iran, Isfahan, 1987) moved to Italy from Iran in 2015. She comes from a scientific and artistic background. In her practice she examines the relationship between Art and Science, she highlights the paradoxical nature of the science and questions her position within a western urban context. Her work focuses primarily on "necessary socio-political activities of the contemporary man" and also the paradoxical aspects of contemporary life.
La Portineria, a new project space for contemporary art in Florence, was founded in February 2020 and is directed by curator Matteo Innocenti with the support of Palazzo Poli.
La Portineria is housed in a former concierge lounge, wherein one of the architectural jewels of Italian modernism. Palazzo Poli was designed in 1974 by architect Oreste Poli, whose style combines the simple, strict lines with the strong expressivity of modern construction materials.
Aiming to become soon an independent hub for cultural stimulation, La Portineria engages with a multicultural and multigenerational network of artists opening up a creative dialogue with the neighborhood and the city.
IL SALOTTO DEGLI ARTISTI
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Still today, it is a vibrant place where numerous artists translate traditional artistic techniques into new visual languages. Il Salotto degli Artisti provides access to a lesser known Florence: a peek into the most contemporary artistic spaces and into the life and studios of international artists based in Florence.
Every month we will meet a different artist working with the most diverse media and techniques, from multimedia installations to video projections, and artistic spaces that are the platforms for creative innovation to flourish.
The second series of Salotto Degli Artisti is presented in collaboration with the Rochester Art Center and curated by art historian Giulia Angeli, based in Florence, and Zoe Cinel, Curator at the Rochester Art Center.
Justin Randolph Thompson (Black History Month Florence)
+ Villa Romana // February 21, 2021
Zoya Shokoohi + La Portineria // March 21, 2021
David Hartono + Associazione Heyart// April 18, 2021
Giulia Angeli is an art historian living in Florence, Italy. After graduating in Early Modern Art at the University of Florence, she moved to Bologna where she earned an MA in Iconography of Renaissance Italian Painting from the University of Bologna. Her research is focused on Late Medieval and Renaissance Tuscany, a rich and fascinating field where beauty cannot be separated by craft techniques. She works at the Uffizi Gallery and Florence Municipal Museums and she is a licensed Tour Leader.
Originally from Florence, Italy, Zoe Cinel is a Curator at the Rochester Art Center, in Rochester MN, and an interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been screened/exhibited/performed nationally and internationally in venues such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Gibney Dance Choreographic Center (NYC), Festival della Creatività (Italy) among others. Zoe is a member of the artist collective CarryOn Homes, who advocate for bringing immigrants stories to the public through art and social engagement.
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