Opening at 11:00 SLT on Sunday, October 2015 at Berg by Nordan Art, curated by Kate Bergdorf, are two new exhibits, and what marks something of a change for the Nordan om Jorden region.
Taking place in Kate’s cosy skyborne gallery space is Passively by Sina Souza, while taking up the ground level of the region, reached via teleport board from the gallery and which has up until now been the setting for a series of eye-catching landscape designs by Kate, is an installation by Giovanna Cerise entitled Memories.
The latter is inspired by the poem Non recidere, forbice, quel volto (“Do not chop away, shears, that face”) by Eugenio Montale from his 1939 collection Le Occasioni. The design and execution of the installation, to me, both reflects the nuance of the poem and also echoes elements from some of Giovanna’s past works in form and colour, if not in actual content.
Central to the piece is the motif of a face – presumably the face of the woman referred to in the first stanza of the poem, as the narrator pleads with the shears of time not to erase it from his memory. This motif is repeated across the region in various forms, most noticeably on the faces of multiple black and white semi-transparent cubes arranged in a series of three-dimensional chequerboards.
Camming around these cubes causes a degree of “alpha-ing” between the black and white cubes, so they appear to swap positions. as they do so, the images on their faces flicker in and out of view, further suggestive of a memory fading in and out focus, again echoing the poem’s theme.
Sina’s pieces – 3 in all – present images in soft tones and in a large format which draws the observer into them. While the tones in each might be muted, the emotions they evoke aren’t necessarily so, with each piece powerfully reflecting its title: Lost Memories, Visual Ignorance, and The Transience of Existence.
Lost Memories offers something of a link with Giovanna’s work, but all three are extraordinary in both presentation and message, and are deserving of considered study in order to appreciate all the nuances of context.
As noted, both exhibits open at 11:00 SLT on Sunday, October 11th, with music by Eif (aka d-oo-b).
- Berg by Nordan Art Gallery (Rated Moderate)