les fils/idea!/i fili
embroidered works by Pier Paolo Quaglia
a reperti contemporanei project
curators Silvia Alborno e Lucia Palmero
installation project Peter Bottazzi
Ex church of San Francesco
via Garibaldi 35 – Ventimiglia Alta
These are napkins, handkerchiefs, fabric scraps, pillow cases and dishcloths, that have come back to life from old boxes, through the skilled hands of Pier Paolo Quaglia during the first confinement in a studio apartment in old Nice, under the roofs of Rue de la Prefecture.
Originally from Ventimiglia, the artist has chosen Nice as his new home for several years now. Nonetheless, he's decided to return to Ventimiglia to present these 30 artworks, with an exhibition that has the power to engage all senses. Specifically, he's chosen the ex baroque church of St Frances, in the old Town of Ventimiglia, in the heart of the event called “Contemporary Relics”.
The common thread of the works emerges from the embroidery, which the artist learned from the women living in his town, Pigna, a characteristic medieval village in the centre of the Nervia Valley.
The fabrics come to life through the pop and the futuristic art of Pier Paolo and the overlaying of different materials and techniques: embroidery, collage, painting, and drawing.
They move through the hanging wires from the church ceiling and become bright secular tabernacles; they are like pages of an intimate diary, that, once revealed to the public, becomes collective.
The enchanted dialogue between the baroque space, the contemporary artwork, and the aerial setting designed by the architect and scenographer Peter Bottazzi, has been sparked: from one wire to the next.
And the threads are also the artworks, the artist's "children".
- ancient church of Saint Francis, via Garibaldi 35 Ventimiglia Alta (IM) Italy.
Saturday December 11 finissage 4.30- 8.30 pm.
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