Students/artists of various departments of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna found a space to give voice to the reactions reported during the lockdown by participating in Google Arts & Culture’s project “Room with a View”.
Room with a View
The project has been displayed so as to distinguish the circumstances and the states of mind universally lived during the delicate moment of social distancing. In this series of artistic visions you can feel how the re-discovery of one’s space can bring to a curious epiphany: an emotional spectrum is revealed going from the sensation of intimate belonging to an alien dissociation. In these spaces solitude, but also sharing can become a double-edged sword. The physical segregation becomes also mental constriction: becoming psychonauts is the only cure to break out. Sometimes following rituals can transform the everyday monotony; sometimes the rituals that save us can become monotonous repetitions. Internal/Outsider, Loneliness/Sharing, Evasion/Constriction and Rituals/Repetitions are not only virtual rooms, but dualistic states in which our souls have fluctuated and that are, by now, part of the collective memory of this period. The artworks are presented by captions written by students of the Department of Art Education and Communication. Some of them also have commentary written by the artists.
Internal / Outsider
A look towards the outdoor or within us? Vision on the external world or on the interior one? In these months, the dichotomy between “internal” and “external” has increasingly taken heavy and apparently impassable outlines. The exhibition opens with a section dedicated to those works that explore the potentialities of physical and imaginary places and those who try to offer a critical glance on a changed World, to open the real and/or metaphysical windows on a lived, remembered and dreamed space.
Cityroom (2020) by Manuela CaporlinguaAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
A dark and hermetic vision, like an urban environment that becomes a mental room.
San Felice (2020) by Anna DietzelAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
A window, a contact with the outside to accept without filters.
"The only thing I would complain about this view, is the rooster crowing at 5 a.m."
Fuori dalla finestra (2020) by Li XuefanAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
When the outside world becomes foreign, we find shelter in the cocoon of our own home.
"Home is cleaner than society."
Paesaggio agreste (2020) by Giovanna FabiAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
Colors and surfaces change perspective and atmosphere, taking us to a playful parallel world.
Eye of Light (2020) by Sofia Rossi BarattiniAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
Isolation was also a time for clarity.
"The light shows us a glimmer from the darkness of thoughts and of what happened during the quarantine."
View from the window (2020) by Lou MengjieAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
A fresh morning enters into the intimate space of the house.
The side window (2020) by Andrea FranchiniAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
Is your gaze an open window to the world?
"A look at my studio full of drawings, sketches of portraits and my desk where I find myself relaxing ideas and thoughts."
May in Feriole (2020) by Pieralvise SantiAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
We learned to use windows as open frames on the external reality.
"This is what I see from my studio in Feriole, near my house. It has a huge glass door trough which I can see the colors of the fields in May."
Vista a Est (2020) by Marzio MereggiaAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The house is becoming more tangible and present, while the outside gradually evaporates and loses consistency.
"The window is also a portal between reality and an unreachable and evanescent elsewhere."
Fuori la nottile (2020) by Rita SilvestriAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The outside world, seen from the window, offers always different elements for daydreaming.
"What can we see outside the window? Is it the projection of our thoughts?"
For a period of time there was nothing else to see, so for the first time I saw myself (2020) by Irene DovigoAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The gaze gets tired looking for something beyond itself, and finally understands that it is enough to look inside itself.
"A time of pause and reflection, an opportunity to look, from the outside and from the inside, to re-know and re-find ourselves in all our facets."
Quiet places for wild hearts (2020) by Susanna SibonaAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The slowed down time allowed us to pay attention to the silence and apparent immobility of things.
"That’s what happens in the countryside near Alba, after the Blue Hour: nothing in particular, but it’s enough."
Zarkalo (2020) by Marco LibardiAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The house is filled with people, thoughts, dreams, nightmares and desires.
"Sometimes monsters are all in our heads, sometimes stories are created from the nothing that surrounds us."
Room with a view (2020) by Veronica PellinghelliAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
A great vital force invades the interior. How long will we last?
Vesuvian cat (2020) by Federica Del PreteAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The external landscapes become so evocative that they are reflected in our personal interior landscapes.
"You can get a silence and tranquility typical of those who think a lot about things and meditate how to spend their own time in solitude."
Every day passes and fades like many others that we lived in the quarantine months.
"Staying at home for a long time, sometimes looking at the tree outside the window will make us feel very sad."
Singular vision of a general condition (2020) by Matia FerrianiAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The artist offers an individual look at a universal condition, an "I" that becomes "we" in the reflection of an iris-world.
"I have worked on an image representing a singular vision of a general condition, as it was lived by the world's population but simultaneously revealing itself as a unique experience for many of us."
“Room with a view”
Academy of Fine Art of Bologna
a project by Department of Communication and education of art
with the Department of Visual Art and the Department of Applied Art
Prof. Daniele Campagnoli
selection of artworks
MA degree Art Graphic
Prof.ssa Maria Agata Amato - Coordinator
MA degree Photography
Prof.ssa Paola Binante - Coordinator
Prof.ssa Paola Squizzato, Prof. Davide Tranchina
BA degree Painting / MA degree Painting Visual arts
Prof.ssa Giovanna Caimmi - Coordinator
Prof. Riccardo Arena, Prof. Marco Del Vecchio
BA degree Cinema and video
Prof. Maurizio Finotto - Coordinator
BA degree Comics and illustration / MA degree Comics languages / MA Illustration for publishing
Prof. Mario Rivelli - Coordinator
Prof. Andrea Bruno, Prof.ssa Maja Celija, Prof. Gianluca Costantini
virtual exhibition designed and created within the workshop
Museum captions. Between curation and mediation
Prof.ssa Ilaria Del Gaudio, Prof.ssa Sabrina Samorì
BA degree Art Education and
MA degree Art Education and Cultural Mediation of the Art Heritage
virtual exhibition finalization
Ayleen Yvonne Liverani
virtual exhibition design
Fiammetta De Innocentis
Laura De Vito
Ayleen Yvonne Liverani