“The Voices of the Sirens” at Listen to the Sirens | Space for Contemporary Art, Gibraltar
This new Little Constellation event, curated by Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, is the final exhibition of the program of Listen to the Sirens. It was preceded by two years of intense work for the first time simultaneously in two countries: Gibraltar and San Marino, with artworks involving site-specific research, workshops, conferences and the creation of new artistic productions specially in both territories.
The exhibition is divided into three thematic sections in two exhibitions venues.
In the spaces of Montagu Bastion, Listen to the Sirens—Space for Contemporary Arts present the first section of the exhibition, “Voices from Further Away”, a double solo show with two works specially produced by the Republic of San Marino: the short film Distanza by the Icelandic artist Ingibjörg Magnadóttir and Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara by the British director and filmmaker Nina Danino.
These are two complex installations with an immersive character, creating an ideal bridge between Gibraltar and San Marino, an unexpected change of scenario in which the different perceptions of places are fused and simply listening to these voices, which appear so distant from Gibraltar, suffices to construct a collective imagination, recount a place and discover a story.
Nina Danino, Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara, 2015
Besides being an important figure in contemporary experimental cinema, as a film director in numerous works Nina Danino has explored historical issues and questions of identity related to Gibraltar, her home. Hence the invitation to produce a work for San Marino acquires an even greater value within the general framework of the project. The artist worked independently in relation to the purely filmic language but following certain strands that over the years have characterised her specific research in film, such as the survey of the theme of the sacred (The Silence is Baroque, Communion), or the development of stories and research devoted to female figures (Stabat Mater, “Now I’m Yours”) and the dimension of an intimate and private narrative (First Memory, Apparitions). The result is a complex research project that recounts the small religious community of the Poor Sisters, nuns in the Monastery of Santa Chiara in San Marino. Silence, singing, prayer, the sacred space and the life of the sisters are combined in a mixed-media installation with interviews, documents, texts and an amazing sound installation with the singing of the nuns at its heart: at once individual and choral, like their community life.
Ingibjorg Magnadottir, Distance, 2015
The work of Ingibjorg Magnadottir is rooted in literature and theatre. In her works, sometimes performances, sometimes films, the artist mingles unconventional and non-narrative elements stemming from the surrealism of the most psychoanalytical Breton, the Dadaist power of Tzara and the Nordic contribution of the neo-avant-gardes of the sixties: Fluxus and SUM, from Dieter Roth to Magnus Palsson. In this short film we find some themes dear to the artist, such as personal relationships, the relationship between mother and daughter, but also an atavistic and primitive relation between nature and humanity, between spaces, forms and behaviours. In this universe, the emotions immediately become gestures without being sifted by reason, the dialogues are fragmented and cryptic and some details are lost. Though the overall meaning of the story is powerful and immediate.
The Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery,in the main square of Gibraltar, presents the other two sections of the exhibition: “Closest Voices” will consist of site-specific works developed in Gibraltar: In a Low Voice by the Swiss artist Miki Tallone; Dancing Under the Shadows, by the Gibraltarian artist Ambrose Avellano; Spaceship Command and the installation This is Little Constellation by the duo from San Marino Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro; Magins by Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir from Iceland and Kitchen by the Gibraltarian group Creative Gibraltar.
“Other Voices” consists of other works by artists who are particularly significant for the Little Constellation network: Doris Drescher, Barbara Geyer, Pierre Portelli, Irena Lagator, Lito Kattou and Leontios Toumpouris, Mark Mangion with Elias & Yousef Anastas, who have worked specially for “The Voices of the Sirens” in relation to specific features of their countries: Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Montenegro.
until 23 August 2015
Above – Nina Danino, Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara, 2015 Ingibjorg Magnadottir, Distance, 2015
Irena Lagator, Property, 2014
Doris Drescher, I’m directing space, 2014
Creative Gibraltar, Kitchen, 2015
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Atlantic and Mediterranean Waves, 2015
Mark Mangion with Elias & Yousef Anastas, Parallel Borders 2 / Landfall, 2015
Miki Tallone, In a Low Voice, 2014 and Ambrose Avellano, La Cola, 2015
Canarezza & Coro, Little Constellation Archive, 2015
Pierre Portelli, Lines of flight, 2015
Lito Katto & Leontios Toumpouris, Lumens and Moments and Clarities # 5, 2014 and Survival Kid (detail), 2015
“The Voices of the Sirens” installation view at Listen to the Sirens | Space for Contemporary Art, Gibraltar