Riccardo Arena, Sul fiume e sulle sabbie, 2018
Two Sufi stories that tell the story of grains of desert sand, and the long path of a river and the rage born of a quarrel between two men.
The combination of these two stories generates a series of profound and poetic visions related to the need to transform our state, both to maintain the reality of ourselves and to respect the beauty that surrounds us.
Amita Makan, Water Mantra, 2018
The hand embroidered cupped hands with Sanskrit mantras from the ancient Rig Veda is a prayer for precious life giving and life sustaining water. The metropolitan city of Cape Town in South Africa, with 4 million inhabitants, is the first city to encounter ‘Day Zero’ when the municipal taps will run dry and people will have to queue for water. The Theeswater dam, once the life source of the city, now cracked dry bed, resembles a desert. ‘Day Zero’ has been postponed to 2019 but still residents of Cape Town live with a daily ration of 50 litres of water per person. Other localities worldwide face similar outlooks.
The daily morning ritual worldwide is to cup our hands to receive water from our taps. Cupped hands are also a gesture of begging. Water Mantra begs Indra, the Hindu God of rain, to break open the clouds to quench our plains and to destroy the darkness.
Mantra is derived from min which in Hindi means mind or to think. Water Mantra is a plea to be mindful of the impact of daily living on our precious and finite resources.
Luca Pancrazzi, Fuori Registro, 2014
With this painting, the artist reminds us that water is omnipresent. It flows on Earth, in pipes, rivers, lakes and seas. At the same time, water dominates us, as in the magnificent and impressive high-level clouds he depicts, the result of a two-year research of the mountains and valleys of the Engadine region. The artist paints their majesty with tons of white incorporating subtle shadow and light gradations.
Dan Perjovschi, Postcards on Water, 2017-2018
Using his typical expression tool, the artist presents a collection of postcards that include water elements, like lakes, rivers and fountains.
Vasilis Zografos, Untitled, 2017
Starting with the notion of water, the artist proposes paintings where water allegorically determines everything that water presents for himself. Fish, coral, and species living in a liquid environment, present moving and static rhythms. The human being, born in the water, recalls this joyful certainty, an absolute wish to be reconciled with its first fluid contact.