The School of the Arts and the LeRoy Nieman Gallery present " Notes from the City, Notes from the Land," a multi-media art exhibition that explores visions of America by three young European artists. Created by Sara Serighelli and featuring works by artists Anabela Zigova and Antonio Rovaldi, "Notes from the City, Notes from the Land" will be on view from March 21 to April 7, in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery in Dodge Hall. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, March 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sara Serighelli, responding to the work and processes of these two young artists -- one from Bratislava, Slovakia , and one from Milan, Italy -- has created an exhibition that reflects her impressions of America as an outside observer. "One prominent aspect of American culture is isolation, individualism," said Serighelli. "This is the perfect place to be without a past, to dive into the future, any kind of future, to face all kinds of changes, it's a launching pad, a jetty, a turf as huge as anything else conceived in this land. New York will be one of my two Americas, the other one will be nature. I find each of my Americas respectively reflected in the work of two artists -- Anabela Zigova and Antonio Rovaldi -- both based in New York, working separately but sharing a background of recent resettlement from Europe."
About the Artists
Antonio Rovaldi was born in Parma, Italy, in 1975, and lives and works in Milan. The artist uses a number of different media, from photography to video, sculpture and performance. His artistic research focuses on the landscape, the individual and the social and cultural context. In 2005, he won the New York Award, created by the Directorate General for Cultural Promotion and Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University; the art world considers the New York Award to be an outstanding platform for discovering new artists and an exciting tool for promoting emerging Italian talents overseas.
Sara Serighelli was born in 1973. She currently lives and works in Milan, where she graduated from NABA Academy of Fine Arts, after a fellowship in Stockholm, Sweden. Through photography, performance and installation, her work has developed from personal narrative themes to collaborative open practices. In 2000, she co-founded the non profit Art Space O'artoteca in Milan, which she directs, focusing on activities and programs that encourage artistic exchange on a national and international level, promoting exhibitions, residency programs, collaborations with international organizations, lectures, public discussion and publications. She also collaborates with the Artist's in Residence Hotel Pupik in Austria, curating the Italian section of the program.
Born 1974 in Bratislava, former Czechoslovakia, Anabela Zigova now lives and works in New York and Paris. She has an M.F.A. in multimedia arts from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and has also studied at New York's School of Visual Arts and the Academy of Music and Drama, in Bratislava. Her work gradually developed from sculpture and performance to video and film. Her work has been shown at Dresden Kunsthalle in Germany, gallery of Cite des Arts in Paris, Paris Project Room, gallery MXM in Prague, Slovak National Gallery and recently at Exit Art gallery in New York. In 2004, her short film, "Forever," was shown at Tribeca Film Festival in New York and her first short film, "IntaktGame," was shown at Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film Archives in New York. Zigova is currently developing the feature "Follow Me" within her ongoing video and performance work.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The art exhibit is free and open to the public.