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Robin DeSantis, Altrove (Elsewhere)

WORK(IN)SPACE: "Altrove (Elsewhere)," an exhibition of new works by SACI MFA in Studio Art candidate Robin DeSantis

SACI's Maidoff Gallery  
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21st at 6pm
On View: February 21 - 24, 2019

WORK(IN)SPACE
Robin DeSantis: "Altrove (Elsewhere)"

"In point of fact, daydreaming, from the very first second, is an entirely constituted state. We do not see it start, and yet it always starts the same way, that is, it flees the object nearby and right away it is far off, elsewhere, in the space of elsewhere." (Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space)

Since the fall of 2017, Robin DeSantis has been facilitating weekly activities with the artists of Fili e Colori art and therapy center in Florence. Projects have included an exchange of recipes, tours of local museums, and a series of performances surveying themes of empathy, memory, and home. Most recently, the group explored the city together, visiting places each of the participants frequents – whether in actuality or in daydreams.

Formerly a Peace Corps Volunteer to the Dominican Republic and Artful Healing Coordinator at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Robin DeSantis is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator. Community outreach and social exchange form the crux of her artistic practice. Using mixed media from photography to performance, Robin seeks to challenge social constructs, inviting people to reflect upon their relationships with themselves and with others.

Many thanks to the artists of Fili e Colori for their creative contributions and friendship: Stefano Baldini, Alessandro Cardelli, Giancarlo Cordano, Censa Cucco, Fabio Laratta, Guido Leoni, Andrea Melani, Giovanna Oliva, Ilda Rosati.


 

(Italiano)

"Effettivamente, il sogno a occhi aperti è uno stato costituito nella sua interezza fin dall’istante iniziale. Non la si vede affatto incominciare e tuttavia essa inizia sempre allo stesso modo, fugge davanti all’oggetto vicino e improvvisamente si trova lontano, altrove, nello spazio dell’altrove." (Gaston Bachelard, La Poetica dello Spazio)

Dall’autunno del 2017, Robin DeSantis ha avviato attività settimanali con gli artisti del centro diurno Fili e Colori di Firenze. I progetti hanno incluso uno scambio di ricette, tour di musei, e una serie di spettacoli riguardanti i temi dell’empatia, della memoria, e della casa. Più recentemente, il gruppo ha esplorato insieme la città, visitando luoghi frequentati da ciascuno dei partecipanti – sia in realtà sia nei sogni a occhi aperti.

Già volontaria dei Peace Corps nella Repubblica Dominicana e coordinatrice presso il Museo di Belle Arti di Boston, Robin DeSantis è un’artista multimediale e un’educatrice d’arte. Il coinvolgimento della comunità e lo scambio sociale costituiscono il punto cruciale della sua pratica artistica. Usando linguaggi multimediali, dalla fotografia alla performance, Robin cerca di sfidare la rigidità di certe convenzioni sociali, invitando le persone a riflettere sulle loro relazioni con se stesse e con gli altri.

Tante grazie agli artisti di Fili e Colori per il loro contributo creativo e la loro amicizia: Stefano Baldini, Alessandro Cardelli, Giancarlo Cordano, Censa Cucco, Fabio Laratta, Guido Leoni, Andrea Melani, Giovanna Oliva, Ilda Rosati.


 

WORK(IN)SPACE is a series of exhibition projects by SACI 2nd-Year MFA in Studio Art candidates, as part of the Professional Practicum Seminar. Students work directly with SACI's Maidoff Gallery to critically engage with the challenges offered by preparing an exhibition. Each week a new opening presents a coherent body of work of the artists. Working one-to-one with SACI Instructors Daria Filardo and Pietro Gaglianò, students step outside of their studio environment to rethink their work in an exhibition setting, learning to consider all the aspects, limitations, and needs of the given space to achieve the best final result.

WORK(IN)SPACE is held in SACI’s Maidoff Gallery and includes all phases of the exhibition, from the planning to the installation and opening of the show. Visitors are invited to attend the openings, or visit during gallery hours.

SACI's Maidoff Gallery Via Sant'Egidio 14 Gallery Hours: M-F 9-7pm / S-S 1-7pm

View the complete Work(in)Space exhibition calendar.

 


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