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MARABINI - ARTE FIERA 2012

Art | Museums | Bologna City

Since the beginning, the gallery focused on artists with an international scope, as a consequence of a clientele comprised of important private and institutional collectors, specializing itself in contemporary art, painting, sculpture, photography, film and installations, with an exclusive to present foreign artists among which are: Vik Muniz, Wim Wenders, Marcus Harvey, Richard Billingham, Candida Höfer, Seydou Keïta, James Casebere, Philip Lorca di Corcia, Michael Joo and Harland Miller. The exhibition space is located in a church built in 1661 and deconsecrated during the Napoleonic Era. Since 2008 the gallery has also opened a Project Room in Milan in the fashion quadrilateral of Milan, in Piazza S. Erasmo.

From the 27th of January till the 16th of March at the Marabini Gallery: Marabini Gallery is delighted to announce the first italian solo exhibition of the indian artist Anita Dube. The opening will take place on Friday, January 27th from 6pm to 8pm. The artist will be present.


Anita Dube creates her works through a conceptual language that valorizes sculptural works mainly focused on issues such as social and personal memory, history, mythology and the phenomenological experience. Anita Dube came to the sculptural practice through her involvement with the Association of Indian Radical Painter and Sculptors, a group formed in the eighties in Baroda whose style is characterized by a strong awareness of social and political criticism contrasted with the kind more narrative of the traditional school.

This sort of challenge to the cultural and socio-political themes remain constant in Dubeʼs work often focused on the anxiety of human being against the personal and societyʼs processes of loss and regeneration. Anita often uses in her work a wide variety of objects drawn from the industry (foam, plastic, cables), manufacturing (velvet, wire, beads), biological (teeth and bones) and readymade (ceramicʼs famous eyes that you can find in typical statues of Hindu).

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Often juxtaposes organic and inorganic materials with handmade objects and craft to create a sense of contrast between familiar and strange, inviting and unsettling. For example in the works in this exhibition often takes the concept of “skin” covering objects such as tree roots on which it is applied a coating of dark velvet Void (Coitus), 2008. Through fabrics and embroidery Anita takes the gestures and chores that have been traditionally assigned to women for centuries.

To woman is also dedicated a large candle Woman, 2007 that makes up the letters of the word “woman” which gives a sense of the sacred feminine figure and makes it almost a universal concept. In other works for example Chanche Piece A-B, 2008 the artist uses a zebra fabric that covers a hypothetical canvas and wooden frame on which are carved phrases and words that are lit from the back.

The use of the word is essential in Dubeʼs work and expecially for the exhibition at the Marabini Gallery also takes in her work Pasoliniʼs quotes paying tribute to Italy. An incredible impact has the work Ah (a Sigh), 2008 in which, from a black and white photograph printed on a large canvas, velvet-covered branches emerge as extensions of the hands of hungry people of food and hope.

The strength and hardness of the contents of the works are diluted and made less aggressive by a purity and aesthetics form that make each work a piece of extreme elegance and refined beauty.

The Exhibition space is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 till 19:00

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