The multidisciplinary project involves the expression and research through the production of: performance, crafting, drawings, prints, photographs and films (video art), between winter and summer of 2022. The location of the work will be Lostenen and the surrounding forest, in the north of Ostrobothnia. 'The Peaks’ is a figuration of the self, when there is the need to make that imperceptible part visible to the eye... resulting almost palpable and rife with symbols and references.
The art project highlights how you can relate emotionally to the environment to express yourself and your mental, emotive states. The Grey Hour is an intimate encounter and dialogue with oneself, played with shades of grey and, paradoxically, with beauty and harmony, which want to give space and light to mental issues that are often still victims of taboos in today's society. The project is divided into:performances, videoart, photographs and is kindly supported by Svenska Kulturfonden and SÖS.
Valentina Gelain was born in Feltre in 1992. She lives and works in the city of Vaasa, Finland. She graduated in Visual Arts (BA-MA) at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.
Her art, extremely evocative, is characterized by a marked self-referential spirit (character). Valentina Gelain is always careful to probe her inner self, and from there that of others, to reproduce and almost impress it in her works.
Through subjective experience and introspection, Gelain investigates issues related to human existentialism, drawing directly from the mental and emotional, symbolic and dreamlike sphere.
Her research is based on the practice of confrontation, openness and dialogue, trying to break down barriers, reach and touch the other through intimate reflections and genuine experiences.
The artist wants to give space to parts of our being, invisible to the eye, which are often still rejected, misunderstood and victims of indifference, recalling the open mind and understanding of the others starting from ourselves.
Stretching a thread between consciousness and unconsciousness, between vision and figuration, the balance oscillates between introspective investigation and the search for an empathic balance.
Thanks to this plural opening of perceptions, various research themes are touched upon, such as inner conflicts, mental landscapes and redemption, through a synergy between form and content, between image and intention.
Interdisciplinary artist, Gelain explores subjects and figurations through different languages and means of communication, which can help to best express her work vision.
The central theme of her art is the ‘sentimento panico’, that underground, almost visceral desire to connect with the natural element, to merge with everything that surrounds us; giving voice to the inner fluidity that allows us to interact with ourselves and the environment in a dynamic and ever-changing way. What transpires from her works is a desire for escape and, at the same time, for reunification.
Another recurring theme in her poetics is the unconscious: that suggestive latent world that dwells in every human (living) being. There is a color that she often use to reproduce this primordial, chaotic and coordinate-free space: the Black.
Her artistic roots are grounding into drawing and illustration, in themes with fantastic and often grotesque characters. The human and animal figures have always been object of attention, ending up at meeting, intertwining in zoomorphic figures and hybrid creatures.
Her practice has always been instinctive and natural, driven by inner motions and a vivid imagination. The sign has always played a privileged and important role, leaving the color in the background.
During the academic period, Gelain was able to better hear the intimate voice, investigating what pushed her towards specific themes and artistic languages; challenging herself and looking for developments to open new paths to take.
The sign has thus become cleaner and more minimalist. Her expressive line, often raw and direct, had become more elegant and essential. The concept was beginning to surpass the form.
A dirty and disordered line was replaced by a more precise, clear and apparently less violent one. It was at that time that she began to use her now known ‘single line’ and to synthesize the form, leaving to the knowledge and perception a more active role.
Furthermore, Gelain has deepened the study of anthropomorphic figures, in which human characteristics merge with animal ones.
What the artist wants to highlight is the constant emergence, in the human being, of those impulses that we could call primitive and primordial; that association of forces with which the human being, despite the long intellectual and cultural evolution, is called to confront for the entire course of its existence. Her ‘uomini cane’ and other creatures, with their immobile and ecstatic gazes (disturbing for some), seem to be characterized by a sense of deep and unnatural stasis.
The impossibility of movement, in fact, is accompanied by the liquidity of their bodies, in an oxymoronic contradiction, but only apparent.
Solo exhibition at Globe Art Point (Helsinki, Finland, October-November 2021). Displayed art: Panismo Androgino production by Valentina Gelain, 2020 Video, sculpture and wall installation.
Art installation for Book - the Lafkan project, Vaasa City Library. Inauguration on 8th June 2022. Valentina Gelain & Bekim Hasaj, 2021-22 Handmade paper from recycled books, cotton threads, wax in a metal pool 130cm(b)x250cm(h)x130cm(d).
Group exhibition, curator Marcus Lerviks, pop-up space in Varastokatu 6, 65100 Vaasa (Finland, May-June 2022). Displayed art: The Grey Hour Project & Panismo Androgino production by Valentina Gelain In the pic: The Grey Hour, 2021 Video HD, canale stereo, colori, suono, 16:9
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THROWughOUT art exhibition by Valentina Gelain, thank you to Malakta Films for the video presentation!