Art never gives up. At the start of the VII edition of Opera Viva il Manifesto
12 May 2021
Flashback, all art is contemporary
The Flashback special project, Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto
The 8 women artists who won the Opera Viva call and the first poster:
“senzazioni” by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso (2021)
Wednesday May 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Piazza Bottesini, Turin
Contemporary art has not stopped, in spite of the color changes and the several lockdowns. The artists have continued reflecting on the current situation as well as on the world to come. The reference to the pandemic in progress could not help surfacing also in the response of the eight women artists who won the call launched by Flashback, all art is contemporary for Flashback è Opera Viva, aimed at developing a large-sized poster, which will be posted every month, starting from May 5th2021, in piazza Bottesini, cimasa 50530 – the very heart of neighborhood “Barriera di Milano” in Turin.
“In this seventh edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto – underlines Christian Caliandro, curator of the project and member of the selection jury – all the eight winning posters have been developed by women artists: the result was not expected, but I am glad about it because I believe it reflects this significant historical moment. The winning images narrate – each with its own approach and style – well the complex phase we are witnessing, without ever being moralistic. Political consciousness, attention to nature and to the environment, resistance, centrality of the relationships, fatigue and repetition but – mainly – hope and the conquest of a new awareness are the themes the public will be able to read in the posters”.
By this project – devised by artist Alessandro Bulgini in 2015 – the municipal space, which is conventionally reserved to advertising billboards, will host the work of an artist and accompany the people throughout the year, becoming part of their days and thus underlying the “everyday” function of art within a context and in an urban community. Throughout the years, 34 national and international artists have been involved in this large project of outdoor art patronage.
The first of the nine posters, which will follow one another in piazza Bottesini in the forthcoming months, will be inaugurated – also live on Facebook on channel @flashbackfair – on Wednesday May 5th at 6:30 p.m. The work that is opening this year’s urban art cycle is strong and meaningful for the time we have witnessed and are witnessing: “senzazioni” (feelings) by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso.
The artists who won the seventh, 2001 edition, besides its creator Alessandro Bulgini, are: Ilaria Abbiento, Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso, Federica Belli, Maria Paola Infuso, Erika Nevia Cervo, Federica Peyrolo, Lucrezia Testa Iannilli and Tatiana Villani.
Members of the selection jury: Alessandro Bulgini, visual artist and creator of the project, Turin; Christian Caliandro, curator and art historian, Bari; Iginio De Luca, artist, Rome; Fulvio Gianaria, chairman of OGR, Turin; Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe, Flashback’s directors, Turin; Diego Sileo, curator of PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan.