Katinka Bock and Batia Suter “Flava—Solo annacquato” at Colli Independent Art Gallery, Rome

Images extracted from the book “Flava —Solo annacquato”, Katinka Bock and Batia Suter
Produced by Colli publishing platform in collaboration with Roma publications and Viaindustriae publishing

 

On Saturday December 16th at 6pm, Colli Independent Art Gallery presents Flava—Solo annacquato, a project “in two” made by the German artist Katinka Bock and the Swiss-Dutch Batia Suter curated by Lorenzo Benedetti.The exhibition is the result of a specific research on the “fluvial area” of Tevere, and more generally on the relationship between the city of Rome and water; a liquid iconography which culminated in the artist’s book edited by Roma Publications (Amsterdam). The show will present the two artists’ interventions, that will coexist in the gallery space.

The relationship between the element water and the city is exhibited in multiples declinations. On the one hand, the abundant imaginary in Suter’s works tries to describe water from the superficial, only to go into depth later on. The associative method goes through the use of preexistent images to built a new narration, which allows the artist to describe the river Tevere and its iconography by means of its diverse stratification. History and images are connected by a continuous rhythm, articulated through sensorial and conceptual references. For Suter a work never begins with a detail; instead, her use of numerous images is an attempt to draft a personal Encyclopedia.

On the other hand, Bock’s work intervenes inside the space context. The use of water becomes a “physical passage.” Through a series of plumbings, its course constitutes a programmed path in which water would not able to flow without the support offered by the sculpture. Showing and hiding are predominant aspects. The plumbing structure—usually hidden—becomes the protagonist that reveals the exchange between water and solid matter. The iron pipes and the concrete floor are connected by a hole in the centre of the flooring, that transforms the gallery’s basement in a fountain.

In both instances, water becomes thus a metaphor of time and people’s presence in the space, streaming in and out.

The catalogue/artist’s book is produced by Colli Publishing Platform in collaboration with Roma Publications and Viaindustriae Publishing.

 

Images extracted from the book “Flava —Solo annacquato”, Katinka Bock and Batia Suter
Produced by Colli publishing platform in collaboration with Roma publications and Viaindustriae publishing

 

Images extracted from the book “Flava —Solo annacquato”, Katinka Bock and Batia Suter
Produced by Colli publishing platform in collaboration with Roma publications and Viaindustriae publishing

 

Images extracted from the book “Flava —Solo annacquato”, Katinka Bock and Batia Suter
Produced by Colli publishing platform in collaboration with Roma publications and Viaindustriae publishing

 

Images extracted from the book “Flava —Solo annacquato”, Katinka Bock and Batia Suter
Produced by Colli publishing platform in collaboration with Roma publications and Viaindustriae publishing

 

Katinka Bock and Batia Suter
Flava – Solo annacquato
curated by Lorenzo Benedetti
Opening on Saturday December 16th, 6pm
16 December 2017–17 March 2018

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