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Curated by  Stefania Carrozzini

Opening Reception:  Saturday June 11th 6-8PM

June 11th – June 25th  2022

Gallery hours:  Tuesday to Saturday 12 am to 6 pm

Gabrielle Bill, Corrado Bonomi, Eva Breitfuss, Felipe Cardena, Stefania Carrozzini, Sarah Garside, Ori Gersht, Anne van Leuween, Torrie Groening, Jasmin Jenzel, Susi Lamarca,  Hisae Sasaki, Marion Schmidtke, Susan Lizotte, Lihong Zhang, Laura Zeni, Evgeniya Zolotareva, Susi Zucchi


Stefania Carrozzini Gallery is pleased to announce,  from 11 to 25 June 2022, a new edition of the “Flower Obsession” exhibition, previously presented in Milan at MyMicroGallery and composed of eighteen artists of different nationalities and expressive means including photography, painting, installation and collage . There are various approaches to the theme, but all the artists place the observers in a physical and mental space where they can experience visual regeneration through the floral imagery.

It is almost impossible to imagine a time when the grace, beauty, charm and delicacy of flowers did not seduce us. We turn to them all our lives and, on several occasions, they are our companions in joy and sorrow.

There is no such clear sign of renewal, rebirth and awakening. Although bright, the flowers fade quickly and are therefore a symbol of ephemeral beauty, of the transience of existence. Flowers are also a symbol of strength and lightness: let’s think of their strong roots that invade even the most inhospitable terrain, rocky terrain, along highways or on asphalt.

The flower is a natural mandala and symbolically represents the wheel and the eternal movement of the cosmos that guides everything. The hermaphroditic nature of flowers is a symbol of the union of opposites in the process of self-realization. And this symbolic force has always fascinated artists who have often made it the subject of their works. Over time, from a simple detail the flower becomes the absolute protagonist starting with the painter Hans Memling up to its consecration with Caravaggio.

In this way the natural theme is placed on the same level as the human one, of the great stories of the Gods or of the Saints. The flower and what is connected to this world is no longer a simple decoration, an elegant means to enrich a work, now it becomes a real theme, noteworthy, worthy of representation and no longer plays a marginal role as in past.

The advent of photography has played an important role in the representation of flowers from the past to the present day, where artists, using advanced techniques and increasingly sophisticated tools, explore the floral world in a total way, giving body to a true obsession. Flowers explode, implode through all expressive languages, from video art to installation and sculpture. The photographic medium fixes the transience of flowers over time. Their beauty remains, even in the apparent narrative cliché, the fulcrum of the privileged communication between man and nature.

The exhibition will be visible at Stefania Carrozzini Gallery until 25 June at the following times: from Tuesday to Saturday from 12.00 to 18.00.

Stefania Carrozzini Gallery is located in front of the Palanca ferry stop, Giudecca Venice. Address: Giudecca 597, 30133 Venice. Accessibility for the public: Line 4.1 and 2 from Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma, 4.2 and 2 from San Marco.

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