LIBEREPERSONELIBERE - Venice, Italy - 7th June > 6th July 2014

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A project by



curated by Anna Caterina Bellati


in collaboration with Art in Bragora

Venice (Italy)







Scoletta della Bragora

Campo Bandiera e Moro

Castello 3790

Venezia (Italia)


Inauguration: Saturday 7th June 2014 at 17.00


Duration of exhibition: 8th June - 6th July 2014



Tuesday and Wednesday: 14 > 18.30

From Thurday to Sunday: 10 > 12 and 14.30 >18.30

Closed Monday

Guided visits by request (tel. +39 3332468331)







Anna Caterina Bellati


Sponsors: Comune di Venezia, Provincia di Venezia


With additional support from the Comunità Montana Valchiavenna







Antonio Abbatepaolo

Marco Cornini

Marco Martelli

Alberto Salvetti

Alessandro Spadari

Marialuisa Tadei

Fulvia Zambon

Dania Zanotto






LIBEREPERSONELIBERE talks both of the unease and the hopes of contemporary society, reflecting in particular on the pressing matters which Man must confront with relation to the changes and upheavals which characterise the new Millenium.The individual is constantly challenged within his existential solitude whilst living in an environment which is increasingly occupied in a physical sense by other people. Cities are cluttered with every type of distraction, chaos in every sense, shape and form, closeted within a membrane of non-participation, microcosms in a macrocosm where friend from alien remain indistinguishable, what we enjoy confused with that which irritates, what we desire from something we feel hostile to. The exhibition presents a current crop of widely-ranging artists who in their very particular ways express dissent or tenderness, anger or timidity, concern or sublimation, reflection or neglect, challenge or commitment to the subjects evoked.


Alessandro Spadari presents his metaphysical landscapes suspended somewhere between memory and symbol, in search of harmony and tranquillity whilst retaining a melancholic veneer of sadness. Colour spread horizontally in patina both transparent and bright then subject to contrasting vertical streaks. The observer gets the distinct impression of watching life unfold through the glass of an impressive window, whilst outside it rains.


The dreamlike scenarios created by the artist from Milan contrast nicely with the internal probing of Marco Martelli. The Florentine uses landscape in order to investigate conscience or differing moral strengths. Here the paintings exhibited consider the idea of a distant land, possibly an island, viewed from afar with at the centre a tranquil sea dotted with millions of tiny lights. However the very observation position suggests pain and an exaggerated absence  attested by the crude and bare branches as if to highlight the desire for a fresh start. Beauty remains far away and quite possibly totally out of reach.


Underground draws our attention to the disquieting state of a megalopolis, New York, with artist Fulvia Zambon moving between architecture stretching upwards towards the sky and people threatened by natural upheavals capable of transforming the geographic, political and indeed moral order of the earth. The metaphorical warning shot against terrorist attacks, tsunamis, earthquakes or anything else which might destroy all that Man has built, a continuing agony caused by lives overtaken by the spiritual poverty of the society in which we are living.


Marco Cornini elevates the beautiful female form to a new height with his life-like terracotta sculptures. His girls and women in the prime of their lives are clearly at ease and enjoy the environment in which they find themselves well aware of the joys of what might lie ahead. Whether stretched out on a sun-kissed beach on a perfectly radiant morning, or striding confidently through a host of tourists, or indeed relaxing in the shade of comfortable room, all bear witness to the passion and commitment to the undertakings they hold dear.


The Cervelli in bronze which Marialuisa Tadei arranges on a table preserving them in individual display cases filled with oil, call into question Man within his multimedia centre where thoughts, ideas, emotions, choices and sentiments are stored. The classic Cartesian L’io penso dunque sono (I think therefore I am) adopts the compelling values of a land stricken by war and despair, ambitions for liberation and positive ideologies weakened by the rudiments of reality. Who can define if a man becomes what he is because of the race to which they belong, or what is within his heart or his very particular anxieties? Reason knows only how to make distinctions and leaves wisdom to do the rest.


Dania Zanotto is the sweetest of persons and her work reflects just that. Perhaps its her vulnerability which has given her the strength to create awe-inspiring sculptures imbued with ancient secrets. Her work is centred around the religion of creation. Little rests on where a man was born or how he might be educated. Clearly each has his own innate ideas of good and evil. The sculptor/performer from Treviso's robes are invested with an extraordinary tenderness which over the years only the Gods could have bestowed on their children. Enjoy them displayed up above, hugely delicate works with a solemnity, because prayers are taking off towards the infinite.


Unthinkable as it may seem, there are still the vestiges of slavery within our own age. It's true to say that it has assumed more underhand, creeping forms with respect to the classic black man in chains set to work in the cottonfields, however the effects on the individual are equally devastating. Alberto Salvetti addresses the phenomenon with a stunning performance. Naked, covered in white paint, with black-rimmed eyes, he spends long hours within a cage without food or water. He's up for sale too, this white man totally subject to the caprice of his master. Two terracotta scultures on display bear witness. It's a silent scream from those who do not accept the distorted democratic liberty of our 'civilisation'.


But there's a heart that beats at the centre of the human universe. Antonio Abbatepaolo, the sculptor from Polignano a Mare, has brought a huge wooden heart superbly hand-carved, each section crafted with infinite patience and love. With the effect of the reduced light of the mezzanine, his sculpture appears to shine from within and each different section that make it up combine to reveal a red core. This imaginary clot of blood draws the eye to the only possible way forward. Only through compassion, culture, diversity, an appreciation of others, will we achieve freedom, both individual and unanimous.


If earth might one day entertain LIBEREPERSONE, being able to organise a way of life incorporating equanimity and a level of well-being and joy with respect to the confines of their abode, the world.... the world that is might just become a stage on which PERSONELIBERE would have the right to grow and develop without moral coercion or political imposition, nor dictatorial intimidation or fake populism. Freedom is the most wonderful utopia that can be imagined and sought after.



Anna Caterina Bellati

Venice, May 2014







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