Gianni Caravaggio, Valentina Perazzini, Natalia Blanch - Yamamo karate club, Brussels.
Valentina Perazzini wrote as introduction to the exhibition:
"It’s been a while since I have wanted to gather in a common exhibition visual artists who, like me, are also devoted martial artists (by devoted I mean artists that are equally committed to their visual as well as their martial art); therefore, when I was afforded the opportunity to intervene in a dojo, this event assumed its raison d'être."
Pictures by Alessandro Costanzo
Delicada Urgencia, pencil on paper 62 x 80 cm and 100 x 200 each, 2019 / “When I see the eyes I have in mine tattooed”, thread dyed by hand and crocheted 9 x 173.5 cm, 2016.
Horizontal drawing: …the place, the wound where we speak our silence… Indian ink on paper 182 x 129 cm, 2016. On the wall (left) work by Valentina Perazzini.
On the wall: Delicada urgencia, pencil on paper 31,5 x 33,5 cm, 2019. On the floor: work by Gianni Caravaggio.
Next to the Kamiza (altar): Delicada urgencia, pencil on paper 39 x 58 cm, 2019
Delicada urgencia is a series of drawings made for the exhibition "Keep in touch". The title is from a poem by Alejandra Pizarnik. In her poetry, language (the extreme precision of words and form) opens to silence, to an interior space of a powerful fluidity.
In this series, I wonder specifically about disappearance.
Symbolic disappearance of the ego to let the work (and the movement) emerge. The dojos of aikido and meditation are the perfect places to become aware of one's ego and to modify it, from a selfish ego to a less egoist self.
Disappearance also refers to death. On the one hand I feel the urgency of the movement and I see unfold on the tatami the warlike origin of the techniques and its transformation into disciplines whose aspiration is the harmony between human beings. On the other hand I wonder what it is to die, and therefore to live? In the book The Spirit of Aikido, Kisshômaru Ueshiba writes: “It does not matter how long life lasts, it only lasts a second, renewed by our mind at every moment."
Acrylic paint on the wall, 9 x 6 m, 2008
Digital video PAL 2'52”, 2008
Un moment sur l’aile du vent
Solo exhibition, Espace Vallès, Saint Martin d’Hères, France, 2008
The installation in situ consist of a text/drawing, a wall painting and a video. The text/drawing is the transcription of the sound recording of the childhood memories of my grandmothers transformed into drawing through the sewing of the words, the wall painting is its scale enlarged reproduction. The video shows the writing of my childhood memories at the rate of the narrative of the grandmothers.
Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, Havana, Cuba, 2000.
Performance and installation.
Pencil on vellum paper, 15 x 21 cm, approx. 400 drawings.
Wooden table: 120 cm (h) x 120 cm (w) x 76 cm (d).
I recorded significant sounds of Havana, Cuba. Then I translated them to its pattern which was mixed – in the drawings – with the line wave of my electrocardiogram.