Category: Ivana Adaime-Makac

Ivana Adaime Makac and Camilla Alberti in Questions on the Living / Domande sul vivente, at aA29 Project Room Milano.

Ivana Adaime Makac, The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (2016); Origine des plants cultivées (2018) and L’univers de notre jardin (2018). Different editions of the three books, Savoy cabbage, varnish, pigments, different measures.

 

Ivana Adaime Makac’s and Camilla Alberti’s works will be featured in the exhibition Domande sul vivente / Questions on the Living at aA29 Project Room Milan, from May 30th through July 27th, together with Brandon Ballengée, Tiziana Pers, Muriel Rodolosse, Matilde Sambo and SEEDS.

Domande sul vivente /Questions on the Living is a group exhibition curated by Gabriela Galati that features works by six artists and a creative collective who ask questions about the living with very different points of view and approaches, and even sometimes in contradictory contexts.

The exponential acceleration during the last century in technological developments has inevitably led to questions on the changes in the relationship between humans and technology, and, almost at the same time, on the living as a whole. Many of the researches in this regard have been proposed under the name of posthuman: a “condition” that implies an expansion in the interest towards a more complex and comprehensive vision of contemporaneity; a vision that puts all life forms on the same level taking into consideration also the relationship with the inorganic. In this sense, “living”, one of the most discussed and difficult aspects to be defined by biology, includes human and non-human animals, the vegetal world, and why not, even forms considered semi-living, such as viruses.

The exhibition intends to explore diverse visions, approaches and methodologies regarding the living in the artistic practices it presents. Its intention is not to use living beings as materials, or to create a purely aesthetic experience, but on the contrary, all these artists are interested on the living as a topic of reflection, and often of action, whatever the medium chosen to convey it. In fact some of them, like Camilla Alberti, Tiziana Pers and Muriel Rodolosse use panting, Ivana Adaime Makac and Brandon Ballengée include vegetal elements and animals in their oeuvre, and Matilde Sambo works with video and photography.

A great part of Ivana Adaime Makac’s artistic research focuses on investigating the processes of domestication and dis-domestication of living beings. Particularly, in the works in the show she used Savoy cabbage, a vegetable that was domesticated hundreds of years ago for human consumption, treated in different ways: In the books sculptures, she covered an 1867 edition of Charles Darwin’s The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication and Alphonse de Candolle’s Origine des plants cultivées (1998) with layers of cabbage treated with pigments and lacquer. In the installation that belongs to the series Jardin Transformiste, the artist used the cabbage to “dress” a stool, and remaining vegetables from other works and installations to build the garlands. The artist’s interest for life cycles and incomplete shapes is paired in all these works with new forms of domestication and reutilisation of the vegetal element.

Camilla Alberti’s paintings deal with nature as landscape: she isolates some details from a landscape, and recomposes the images creating an abstract background. In this way, the elaboration of nature is doubled: firstly when it is conceptualised as landscape, as it usually is, and a secondly through her artistic elaboration.

Brandon Ballengée is an artist and biologist who has been researching for a long time on terminal deformities in amphibian populations, and from these investigations his artistic series Malamp (1996-ongoing) stemmed. Featured in the show there is one work of his Styx series (2007-ongoing). It consists in a chemically cleared and stained tiny frog lying on an illuminated glass dish. The deformed bodies are very small, and as in the Reliquaries photographs (2001-ongoing), the artist intends to create an emotional bond with the viewer, not to present the animals as monsters. His research also includes finding what generated these deformities, and eventually killed the amphibians: the causes are often pollution of the environment and water.

Tiziana Pers research is focused on biocentrism and antiespeciesm. The painting presented in the show is part of the series Elephant Song (2016), a group of works that initially addressed the extinction of elephants, but that successively the artist extended to other species, in this case, sharks. In particular, she is interested in increasing awareness on an extremely cruel practice usual in some parts of Asia where sharks’ fins are used to make a very popular soup: sharks are caught, its fins cut while they are still alive, and then thrown back to the water, where they slowly bleed to death. Elephant Song_Shark is a call to stop these insane practices, and at the same time, an homage to all animals, like all the artist’s oeuvre is.

Muriel Rodolosse’s back paintings on Plexiglas intend to put into question common human views on nature. In the apparent delicate and dreamy quality of many of her works, a quality possibly accentuated by the milky white background, it is possible to perceive a silent struggle between architectural and natural elements. The idea of a disturbed nature is challenged by also conveying the sense of natural wilderness that predominates on the pictorial surface.

Matilde Sambo’s recent video Fairy Cage (2018) investigates the tension between human fascination with nature, more specifically with other non-human animals, and the also very human need of possessing it/them. The artist slowly unveils each image and each movement, a choice that together with the disturbing audio intensifies the feeling of uneasiness when the viewer understands that each one of the living beings in the piece is a prisoner.

The exhibition is completed with the participation of SEEDS, a collective dedicated to exploring the relations between people and plants. For the exhibition, Giada Seghers, one of SEEDS’ three founders, conceived the installation Up Above and Down Below in which plant cuttings that belonged to different people, and thus have different stories are exhibited. The work aim is twofold: on the one hand, tracing and sharing plants’ movements and stories, on the other hand, in this work the roots, which are usually hidden and untouchable acquire the same importance as the “upper green” part.

SEEDS will also present the performance The Plant Swap on June 23rd, from 4 to 8pm. It will be an event open to the public in which participants exchange plants, plant cuttings and seeds, advices on how to better take care of them, but also their stories (The Plant Story Project). SEEDS has been organising the The Plant Swap event in Bruxelles, Paris and Milan since 2015 as a way of creating a community through these cities grounded on the love of plants and their shared stories.

Thus Questions on the Living aims at making evident that, even when the angles to tackle the diverse topics and the artistic research methodologies can vary, sometime greatly, there are current artistic practices, like the presented ones, which actively engage in the necessary efforts to rethink and re-enact the co-existence between the living, the inorganic and the technological as a complex ecosystem. In this complexity, older hierarchies, especially the ones that considered “the human” on top, are put into discussion and new models of interaction and co-habitation are conceived and deployed.

 

Questions on the Living

 Ivana Adaime Makac, Camilla Alberti,

Brandon Ballengée, Tiziana Pers,

Muriel Rodolosse, Matilde Sambo,

SEEDS

curated by Gabriela Galati

Opening May 30th, 6.30pm

May 30th – July 27 2018

Wed-Fri, 2.00-7.30pm

Or by appointment

The Plant Swap by SEEDS

Saturday June 23rd, 4-8pm

aA29 Project Room Milan

Piazza Caiazzo 3

20124 Milan

www.aa29.it

info@aa29.it

Ivana Adaime Makac at Le Bel Ordinaire art contemporain, Pau.

Ivana Adaime Makac, Le Banquet (2008-2017). Pedestal, fruits, flowers, vegetables, locusts or crickets; variable dimensions. Photos: Marc Dommage, Ivan Binet and Ivana Adaime-Makac.

Ivana Adaime Makac‘s ongoing work Le Banquet will be featured in the group show Enchanter le réel, curated by Claire Lambert at Le Bel Ordinaire art contemporain, Pau, from September 13 through November 18, 2017.

The exhibition explores how the imaginary architecture oscillates between pure fiction and utopia. The artists are invited to reflect on how, as human beings, we both inhabit and are inhabited by the habitat.

In Le Banquet, Adaime Makac reverts the process by inviting insects to taste sculptures and structures composed of fruits, flowers, vegetables and different types of food.

Artists: Ivana Adaime Makac, Michel Blazy, Alain Bublex, Benedetto Bufalino, Frédéric Chaubin, Filip Dujardin, Nicolas Floc’h, Yona Friedman, Taro Izumi, Béranger Laymond, Marine Pages and Peter Wüthrich.

For more information on the exhibition please click here.

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Il catalogo di Naturalia et artificialia è ora scaricabile dal sito di ECCENTRIC Art & Research

Mentre prepariamo la nostra prossima mostra, potete sfogliare e scaricare il catalogo di Naturalia et artificialia in versione digitale dalla nostra pagina (per il momento, in italiano, in English coming soon!):

Scaricare direttamente / direct dowload

Sflogliare sulla pagina / browse on website

 

New publication: Les limites du vivant, Éditions Dehors, with a contribution by Ivana Adaime Makac.

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Les limites du vivant  is a new publication that addresses the question of the living in its complexity from an interdisciplinary perspective, with contributions by

Hicham-Stéphane Afeissa, Geneviève Azam, Roberto Barbanti, Silvia Bordini, John Baird Callicott, Andrea Caretto et Raffaella Spagna, Catherine Chomarat-Ruiz, Gilles Clément, Jean-Patrice Courtois, Catherine Larrère, Raphaël Larrère, Marion Laval-Jeantet et Benoît Mangin, Ivana Adaime Makac, Philippe Nys, Sylvie Pouteau, Lydie Rekow-Fond, Jacques Testart, Lorraine Verner, Tiziana Villani.

Curated by Roberto Barbanti and Lorraine Verner, Éditions Dehors.

 

For more information on the publication (French) please click here.

For more information on Ivana Adaime Makac please click here.

 

 

Naturalia et artificialia. ECCENTRIC Art & Research’s first exhibition in Milan announced for October 12 2016.

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ECCENTRIC Art & Research è lieta di presentare la sua prima mostra che inaugurerà il 12 ottobre 2016 a Milano. La mostra includerà lavori di tutti gli artisti rappresentati fino ad oggi: Ivana Adaime Makac, Jamie Allen, Tomislav Brajnović, Sarah Ciracì, Baptiste Debombourg, Gabriele Di Matteo, Federico Luger, Brian Montuori, Steve Piccolo, Anja Puntari, Axel Straschnoy e Massimiliano Viel.

Naturalia et artificialia erano due categorie con cui si classificavano le meraviglie esposte negli studioli durante il Rinascimiento. Nel contesto di questa mostra queste categorie sono il fil rouge che attraversa i temi trattati da artisti e opere. Ma non è questa differenziazione in se stessa artificiale? Perché non esiste natura senza artificio, senza il filtro della cultura, né tecnologia o artificio che non partecipi della natura. Questo è il discorso che la mostra intende affrontare.

ECCENTRIC è un dispositivo flessibile senza una location fissa. Naturalia et artificialia avrà luogo nello spazio MyOwnGallery presso Superstudio, via Tortona 27, Milano, dal 12 al 21 ottobre 2016.

Naturalia et artificialia si realizza con il generoso supporto di PERFORMANT, SCOA ed EXEO Consulting.

ENGLISH

ECCENTRIC Art & Research is pleased to present its first exhibition in Milan, opening on October 12, 2016. The exhibition will feature the work of all its represented artists up-to-date: Ivana Adaime Makac, Jamie Allen, Tomislav Brajnović, Sarah Ciracì, Baptiste Debombourg, Gabriele Di Matteo, Federico Luger, Brian Montuori, Steve Piccolo, Anja Puntari, Axel Straschnoy and Massimiliano Viel.

The title of the exhibition is Naturalia et artificialia, both of the categories with which the wonders exhibited in the cabinets of curiosities during the Renaissance were classified.
In the context of this exhibition both concepts work as the common thread that brings together the diverse topics addressed by the featured artists and artworks. All of them, in one way or another, pose questions about issues that have to do either with nature, or with artifice and technology, and often with both. However, isn’t’ this differentiation in itself artificial, and even false? Because there is no nature without artifice—without the artificial filter of culture—nor technology or artifice which doesn’t participate of nature.

ECCENTRIC is a flexible dispositive with no definite location. Naturalia et artificialia will take place in the space MyOwnGallery at Superstudio, via Tortona 27, Milano, from October 12 through the 21.

Naturalia et articifialia is realised with the generous support of PERFORMANT, SCOA and EXEO Consulting.

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Ivana Adaime Makac’s Le Banquet on view in Pittsburgh until June 19

Ivana Adaime Makac’s Le Banquet is on view at the exhibition All Around Us at Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, until June 19.

This exhibition stands in awe of the quintillions of bugs that have inhabited our planet for millions of years and the complex relationship they maintain with our species. The works included here transform our tiny cohabitants superpowers into human-scale experiences, in an attempt to examine our conflicting relationship with insects. – Ali Momeni, Curator

Participating artists:  Jennifer Angus,  Daniel Campos, Garnet Hertz, Ivana Adaime Makac, Robin Meier & Andre Gwerder, Nathan Morehouse, Daniel Zurek& Sebastian Echeverri, Matthijs Munnik, Stephanie Ross, Jeff Shaw of Burghs Bee, Susana Soares, Bingrui Tang+CMU CREATE Lab

Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

+1 (412) 471-5605
Info@woodstreetgalleries.org

For more info on All Around Us, please click here.

For more info on Ivana Adaime-Makac and Le Banquet, please click here.

Ivana Adaime Makac in All Around Us at Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh

Ivana Adaime Makac’s Le Banquet is featured in the exhibition:

 

All Around Us: Installations and Experiences Inspired by Bugs

Curated by Ali Momeni

Opening with the April 22 Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl

This exhibition stands in awe of the quintillions of bugs that have inhabited our planet for millions of years and the complex relationship they maintain with our species. The works included here transform our tiny cohabitants superpowers into human-scale experiences, in an attempt to examine our conflicting relationship with insects. – Ali Momeni, Curator

Participating artists:  Jennifer Angus,  Daniel Campos, Garnet Hertz, Ivana Adaime Makac, Robin Meier & Andre Gwerder, Nathan Morehouse, Daniel Zurek& Sebastian Echeverri, Matthijs Munnik, Stephanie Ross, Jeff Shaw of Burghs Bee, Susana Soares, Bingrui Tang+CMU CREATE Lab

Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

+1 (412) 471-5605
Info@woodstreetgalleries.org

For more info on All Around Us, please click here.

For more info on Ivana Adaime-Makac and Le Banquet, please click here.