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.
Loneliness / Sharing
An occasion to stay alone or in search of contact? The social distancing could still be the most efficient way to prevent the diffusion of COVID – 19, but for many this has meant the impossibility to be reunited with the loved ones or, on the other hand, be stuck in forced situations of cohabitation that make yearn and regret being alone. In this second section the artists have interpreted themes such as solitude and sharing in all possible variations and shades also by tackling the aspects mostly unusual and controversial.
Never seen you before (2020) by Barbara MazziAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The artist opens a window on the silent everyday life of a morning almost like any other.
"A palace in Bologna with the light of the national flag."
Virus (2020) by Sara GuerinoniAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The surplus of voices, words and rules of behavior shown on TV continues to bounce in our heads.
When something happens outside the window (2020) by Hu YunwenAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
Suddenly you are no longer alone, the terraces are full of people and you can discover other ways to communicate and feel close each other.
"Now that people are home because of the coronavirus, I always see different people on the terraces outside my room: it’s very interesting."
WINDOWISWORLD (2020) by Valentina CrispinoAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
Digital platforms are windows open to the world. You feel less alone when you look together at the outside with the same desire.
"A shot, a glimpse of your world, a glimpse of my world; your reality will become mine and so we won’t be so far away and we won’t be so alone."
The Other Rooms (2020) by Federica FerraroAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
We seek in the other people what we do not understand about ourselves, or what we want to discover outside ourselves.
"From my room I only see what others see through me. We just spy on each other, to look for amazement or fear, to understand with confused faces what is happening outside of us."
Malattia e cura Malattia e cura (2020) by Meng ZiboAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The absence or lack of loved ones forces us to a forced solitude.
"Because of the disease, thousands of people have lost their families."
Room with a View (2020) by Angelica BettoniAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The outside world has become an interior landscape, the portrait of our solitude.
"I wanted to represent in a realistic and melancholic way the landscape that i saw from the window of my room in these months of quarantine at home, the only connection with the outside world."
A View Of The Other (2020) by Carol Graziani and Francesco De ConnoAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
"A view on the Other is a view on the Self, on how, by developing our relationships, we cope with our traumas and we pick up the pieces to build our selves back in a new form."
Incastonati come piccole pietre prezione (2020) by Patricia MarianiAccademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
The evening makes visible a bizarre ecosystem made of voices, colors, lights and gestures similar and different from ours.
"I take inspiration from the lights of the windows and the life that appeares thouth their curtains, this colorfull mosaic gave me the idea of a jewel with gemstones."
10m² (2020)Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
A little girl on the ledge of a building is handing a bouquet of flowers to a boy: a simple and carefree gesture, but at a safe distance.
“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