Italy Exhibition: Natália Gromicho will once again participate in the biggest exhibition of Human Rights, this year in Specchia, Lecce – Italy and will represent her country, Portugal
Human Rights? 2013 is a well-known international exhibition, that take place in the south of Italy, and unit artists from all over the world, to represent her country in this call to the constant violation of the Human Rights.
Natalia Gromicho was selected to represent Portugal, in this huge event, that take place in the next 10 August on a Ex Contento dei Francescani Neri, in Specchia, Italy.
The exhibition will be curated by Roberto Ronca. We also remind you that Natália Gromicho´s paintings can be viewed in her new concept gallery in Chiado, Lisbon that mixed a traditional gallery with her personal atelier, live painting and art events. The gallery is called meetiNG art gallery.
Natália Gromicho was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Graduating in Belas Artes from the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa, she specialized in painting. Studying Arts and Crafts, including ceramics, the Portuguese painter, also graduated from the private ArCo School of Art in Lisbon, where she undertook Intensive Painting. Natalia has additionally, specialized in sculpture with the collaboration of Cuban artist, Hans Varela, undertaking several painting workshops. More than 50 solo and group exhibitions, sold artworks for many countries, like Portugal, Brazil, Spain, United States, UK, France, Italy, Holland and Australia. Winner of several contests for exemple “Best Rolling Stone Alternative Logo” for Major Portuguese Radio Comercial in 1999 (win a trip to London and meet Rolling Stones in Bridges to Babylon Tour in Wembley. Her works is represented in several private and institutional collections all around the world.
“I find Natalia Gromicho´s work very interesting, an expressionist style in which figuration and abstraction merge. Colour and shape appear in most of her works, but also as a form of surrealism to show an incoherent reality, which is also present in her pictorial works. Gromicho, through the human figure, aims to teach the concerns, issues and reflections which happen to every human being in their immediate surroundings. They are not always pleasant scenes, as the appearing protagonists, at some point show hostile and aggressive postures. In contrast, if we look at the primal position, the Portuguese artist has an attitude more expectant, as though, the animals are observing our movements. The colour indicates the intangibility of their proposals, since they are not real shades at all, but rather appeal more to the expressionist idea of colour, from which the most intimate feelings are reflected in all its magnitude.
Also, the female nudes, who star in some of her works, are more reminiscent of the mannequins we see in a fashion showcase, not animated beings, approaching the metaphysical world of De Chirico or surreal Wifredo Lam. The chrome background with primary hues, are balanced against the white of naked bodies, indicating that the artist is more interested in protecting the most intimate aspects of human beings.
As for the part where abstraction takes preference, we see the real Natalia Gromicho, in her most raw state, because her intention is to express herself with the most freedom, without too many considerations and ensuring that her proposals comply more with a European, expressionist style, rather than to action painting.
In conclusion, Natalia Gromicho, has cemented a firm value in the European art scene with a strong and consistent presence, which indicates a great professionalism, as does her varied exhibitions held throughout Europe, as well as in other continents”
Ramon Casalé – AICA
Human Rights 2013
December 1948 , the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed: for the first time in the history of humanity, a document concerning all the people of the world was drawn up. Everyone of us, only due to the fact that he was born, enjoys the rights endorsed by the Declaration. Everyone of us, regardless of the place where he was born and where he lives, enjoys these rights. Everyone of us has civil, political, social, economical and cultural rights. Everyone of us is equal to the others.
Is it always so?
In HUMAN RIGHTS? artists speak about human rights. The title, simple and direct, without roundabout expressions, expresses the main idea which must go with everybody’s life. In this event, uncomfortable, complex and denunciation subjects are dealt with, in order to sting the conscience of all those who, enjoying their own rights, don’t think about all people whose rights are violated every day.
The logic of HUMAN RIGHTS? is based on the fundamental concept of art as a universal expressive form, understandable by everybody regardless of his language and culture, regardless of his gender, of the subject and of the languages used.
Languages vary depending on the artists’ experience and mastery, and they create new relationships with the audience, who approaches art feeling immediately involved and directly concerned.
Discomfort images, violated rights images, images about everyday stories which should not exist, but even images which are able to deal with a delicate and difficult subject with wisdom and, why not, irony.
The exhibition will highlight different ways to see the matter, since the event is open to artists from all over the world. It becomes so particularly interesting to discover in which way the perception of the concept of “respect of the rights” is experienced and expressed. The event aims to shake consciences: it deeply wants to avoid common places brought by word abuse: to speak about human rights has become so common that the words “human rights violation” are deprived of all meaning and by now they touch us only at a distance when we hear them, without getting them into our heads.
The most immediate way to retrieve that conscience, essential to be really part of a system which respects everybody’s rights, is to see with one’s eyes all that artists have to say. Images insert themselves in one’s memory in such an immediate and strong way that all those who visit it will leave it more conscious and emotionally involved.
To speak about human rights, according to artists, means to “pull out” many ideas which can’t find the space fit for the purpose in other events.
HUMAN RIGHTS? wants to be a strong signal to all the artists and to all those who will visit it.
The curch adn the ex convento dei francescani neri was built between the 9th
and the 16
Francesco d’Assisi, on his way back from the east, was charmed by the smell of the orange trees growing in that area, and foretold taht a convento would one day be built there. Some notable works of art can be found inside the convent: the chapel of S. Caterina, buit in 1532, with its frescos portraying the effigeies of the Prophets. Images of husband of S. Caterina di Alessandria are displayed on the lower section of the walls.
Under the church we can find a crypt, supported by several columns mad of Lecce stone. The columns have differently shaped capitals, similar to those that can be seen in the crytps of Otranto and Bari The convent was changed several times; the last use was for an orphanage house, until 1980, when was definitely closed. Today is a great location for art exhibitions
THE LOCATION EX CONVENTO DEI FRANCESCANI NERI ‘HUMAN RIGHTS?’ is the international artistic exhibition become famous in four editions. The first edition was managed at Real Sito Belvedere di San Leucio in Caserta in 2009; next three editions were managed at Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti di Rovereto (Tn) and the last one, in 2012, was a double edition, at Castello di Acaya in Lecce in srping and at Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti in autumn. 2013 is the 5° edition of “HUMAN RIGHTS?”
This edition of ‘HUMAN RIGHTS?’ will be held at Ex Convento dei Francescani Neri in Specchia, considered one of the most gorgeous small towns in Italy. The vernissage will be held 10th, august, 2013; it will be involved in the ‘White Night’ events of Specchia at 12th, august.
Further events can take place during all the weekend and all the next weekends. During the event there will take place some conferences about the issues of human rights, with a careful view of the projects of Specchia administrators. Spazio-Tempo Arte will animate all the month of the exhibition thanks to international artists’ performances, action paintings, meetings with artists who will be available to speak about their works.