Guerra de la Paz and Filippo Berta – AUGEO ART SPACE
Tomorrow, Saturday 12th April 2014, sees the opening of AUGEO ART SPACE, a new centre for contemporary art in the heart of Rimini, Italy, in a converted seventeenth century mansion, Palazzo Spina on Corso d’Augusto, the main street in the city.
Committed to the exploration of various languages of the national and international art scene, AUGEO presents its first exhibition reflecting this perspective, featuring the Italian artist Filippo Berta and the American duo Guerra de la Paz in a double solo exhibition curated by Claudia Löffelholz.
Both were invited to relate to the specific spatial context of Rimini: in the case of Guerra de la Paz, by spending a period of residency in the area and producing a site-specific work for this occasion.
Filippo Berta’s research (Bergamo, 1977) mainly uses performances and videos to develop micro-narrations of the states of tension wired in the individual and in social relationships: his works show states of transitory equilibriums, irreconcilable dualisms, small gestures and minimal differences which are sufficient to prove, and make us accept, all the fragility and the ephemeral nature of the human condition.
An archaeology of contemporary human footprints, is what is proposed by Guerra de la Paz, a collaborative duo formed in 1996 between artists Alain Guerra (Havana, Cuba 1968) and Neraldo de la Paz (Matanzas, Cuba 1955), both of Cuban origins and residing in Miami. Their research challenges traditional means and forms of art to experiment with unexpected combinations of materials and functions. From these “findings” of man-made products– in many cases clothes – an environment emerges revealing the traces and deepest meanings of our actions.
AUGEO will host exhibitions and cultural occasions, with a program which will be developed together with LaRete Art Projects, the international collective of curators founded by Julia Draganović and Claudia Löffelholz, dedicated to the research and support of new artistic strategies in Italy and abroad. Furthermore AUGEO is dedicated to a residency program in order to offer artists the opportunity to get to know Rimini and to create site-specific works.
The identity of AUGEO is deeply rooted in the combination of the history of a place, art and the most elevated expressions of contemporary leisure.
An integral part of the project is the contemporary conversion of a location of great historical value, situated along the ancient decumanus maximus of the Roman settlement in Rimini.The project and concept from the London-based studio of Yasmine Mahmoudieh, curated by the Rimini-based studio Cumo Mori Roversi, have infused new life into the ancient warehouses and workshops on the lower floors of Palazzo Spina, creating a dynamic space, mutable and transforming through contemporary art.
AUGEO is promoted and supported by the historical entrepreneurial group Antolini, together with Matteo Sormani, an influential promoter of cultural life in Rimini: the project invests in the identity of Rimini through art, adding new stimulations, visions and opportunities to its image and its imagery.
AUGEO will be a point of reference for innovative cultural experiences, different from the usual “postcards from Rimini”, for those who experience and visit the town from all over the world.
AUGEO ART SPACE – Corso d’Augusto, 217, Rimini, Italy
April 13 – June 18, 2014 (opening: April 12 at 6.30 pm)