Passionated by the anthropology and the questions of the imprisonment of the human body
that she constantly keeps exploring, Romina de Novellis achieves high physical
performances on the body in procession in public places, where the passers-by can admire
the gestures as the center of real living paintings. The artist offer for this new exhibition a
video retracing one of her last performance “Ger” achieved after the meeting with the
lyrics singers from Mongolia who live in Rome.
Seeking success and filled with hope, they are confronted to a hard reality and they finish
to produce their work in weddings or to distract tourisms in the street. It’s this costumes’
disappearance, the cultural traditions that are matter of interest for the artist, a
reflection on travel and migration and on the family unit.
The video from a recent performance “DNA” presented as a continuity of the exhibition
“Machines à dessiner”, currently exposed in the Arts et Métiers museum, will also be
proposed. “DNA” aims for an installation/performance of multiple bodies who are doing
invisible knots. A symbolical work on the invisible genetic transmission, the drawing of a
biological heritage, the transmission of life.
The disappearance is a theme João Vilhena has already explored some years ago in his
drawing works. He considers his practice as a journey, a stroll and then he likes to direct
the spectators into a deep and subjective contemplation, disturbing and anguishing.
In his last works, the artist focuses on the making of drawings from photographic archives
of species now extinct. On one side, his drawings echo the impoverishment of biodiversity
that we are currently witnessing. On the other side, they treat the absence’s role in the
building of representation. Reserve, exfoliation, recovery, are the principal gestures of the
artist working to reveal the principal of disappearance.
The Romina de Novellis work has been exposed or presented in performing at Le Musée de
la Chasse et la Nature in 2013, at La Friche Belle de mai in Marseille the Capital of Culture
2014, at the Fiac 2014, Paris, France, at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, in 2015, at The
Armory show in New York in 2016, at the Madre Museum in Naples in 2016. Joao Vilhena’s
work has been presented at the Drawing Now, Salon du dessin du dessin Contemporain in
Paris in 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017; at the 56th Salon de Montrouge in 2011, at Artissima Fair
in 2015 in Torino and recently at the Alberta Pane gallery for his second personal
exhibition “Erotheisme, le dessin sacré” in may 2015.