London is Open with Alberto Gianfreda and Alex Urso

  • 01 Nov 2018 - 03 Nov 2018

Please join us to celebrate the end of Art Apartments' Art Residency London is Open 2018 and the works by the two art residents, Alberto Gianfreda and Alex Urso.

The artists will present the works on the theme London is Open, which they have created during their month in the city.

The theme London is Open is inspired by London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s campaign to keep London open to the rest of the world and it is particularly significant now that the UK is at final stage of negotiations with the EU before Brexit. 

1 November, 6pm-9pm at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39A Canonbury Square, N1 2AN. Free with an admission ticket purchased on the same day.
With a performance by the singer Brioni, offered by Your Music Experience - YMX.

3 November 5pm-9pm in a Chelsea flat. Invitation only.
Sicilian food cooked by chef Andrea Racalbuto and Italian wine will be served.ith a performance by the singer Alice Pisano, offered by Your Music Experience - YMX.

Alberto Gianfreda is an artist and a professor of Sculpture Techniques at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. The project he has developed during the residency is a vision of the capacity to resist and to adapt even during a phase of separation and fragmentation such as Brexit. 

During his exploration of London, he has put together a group of vases from different areas of London in various shapes. He has then fragmented and recomposed each vase, rebuilding it around a metallic chain. The movable chains allow the new structures to move and to be reshaped.

 The recorded sounds of the vases being broken bring the viewer into an immersive experience. The sounds are all alike with no possibility to recognise their original sources . They eventually appear in the last room. The heterogeneous group of eight vases is fragmented, but made more precious due to its differences, which mirror those of the city of London.

Alex Urso is a visual artist currently living and working in Warsaw, Poland. He works predominantly in the medium of collage, assemblage, and installation.

During his art residency, he has been working on two projects. Firstly, he has created a drape combining the Greater London flag and the Refugee Nation flag. In the second part of the residency, he has focused on a performative action involving London's citizens.

The flag of the Greater London has no official status but ceremonially represents the London boroughs, which make up the county of Greater London. The Refugee Nation flag was created to mark the participation of the first ever refugee team in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Yara Said, an artist and a refugee from Syria, designed it using black and orange as symbol of solidarity for all the people who had to wear life vests to cross the sea looking for safety in a new country.

Alex Urso’s drap combines the two flags putting together the colours of one and the shapes of the other.

For The Welcome Project, Alex Urso has knocked at Londoners’ doors asking them to swap their doormats with new ones with the simple sentence “Welcome.”  Accepting to exchange the doormats, each house-owner agreed to embrace the idea of London as an open and welcoming place. The final result is a mosaic of doormats representing Londoners' willingness to be or not to be open.

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