Donatella Landi. Les résonances de l’image
Curator: Louise Déry
Artist: Donatella Landi
September 6, 2013 - October 19, 2013
Opening: September 5, 2013, 5:30 pm
Since the 90’s the Italian artist Donatella Landi’s work has been rooted in the exploration of image and sound. She examines the potential of both or combines them in order to grasp their emotive and narrative power, along with its forceful memory evocation potential. Films, photos, sound and multimedia installations not only confront the resonant body with the image, but also absence with presence. The works in this exhibition introduce several central themes in Donnatella Landi’s corpus: references to art history, the use of the landscape tradition, family destiny, survival of the species, and human integrity and identity. The viewing process directly engages one in an intense encounter in which the works form an astonishing echo chamber that induces sensory and psychic experiences. This raises questions about our desires, tolerance and ethics concerning the world, life and nature
Donatella Landi was born in Rome, Italy, in 1958. She graduated in 1982 at the Academy of Fine Arts with a thesis on Donald Judd, and since 1990 she is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence then in Rome. Her work has been shown extensively in Italy and accross Europe, as well as in several international events, including the last edition of the Venice Biennale in 2013 (as part of Nella’Acqua capisco, collateral event at the Procuratie Vecchie).
Louise Déry holds a Ph.D. in art history and has headed Galerie de l’UQAM since 1997, working with artists such as Manon de Pauw, Dominique Blain, Raphaëlle de Groot, Nancy Spero, David Altmejd, Stéphane La Rue, Daniel Buren, Giuseppe Penone, Sarkis and Shary Boyle. She is the author of the first monograph on David Altmejd and curated his presentation at the 2007 Venice Biennale. In 2007, she received the inaugural Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Visual Art.