Firetti Contemporary is pleased to participate in The 17th edition of ArtVerona #ITALIANSYSTEM, under the art direction of Stefano Raimondi.
Firetti Contemporary will be participating in the "Curated by" section, a new section focusing on the design collaboration that galleries develop with external curators to create portions of their exhibition and critical programme. Curated by Sona Stepanyan, Firetti presents The continuous line that binds us to each other, a group exhibition of three women artists, Sawsan Al Bahar, Annie Kurkdjian and Nazik Armenakyan. These artists reveal historical and current actual socio-political contexts of their native Armenia, Lebanon, and Syria via sensual allegorical images and personal narratives embedded in mediums of photography, painting, and drawings. An important common feature of their artistic practice becomes a will for liberation and a decline of falling victim to existing rules and conventions. As a result, sharp, sincere visual statements arise in which artists bring to the surface and establish eye contact with one's deep inner unconscious — fear, shame, guilt, sexuality, despair, and pry.
ABOUT SONA STEPANYAN
Sona Stepanyan is an Armenian curator, based in Stockholm. From 2016–2018 Stepanyan held a position of Curator in the Armenia Art Foundation. Previously worked at the Education Department of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Currently Stepanyan has been writing her thesis at Stockholm University and independently collaborating and consulting for international awards, associations and foundations such as Svensk curatorförening, 2021-2022, Stroom Invest Week, 2020, Han Nefkens Foundation – Arco Madrid Video Art Production Award 2019, White Room Foundation ongoing programs and others. Stepanyan is among the 2017 finalists of the 9th edition of Premio di Lorenzo Bonaldi per L’Arte, organized by GAMeC Museum. Her publications are available in the catalog of Mount Analogue, 1st Edition of STANDART Triennial of Contemporary Art in Armenia, How to Gather. Acting relations, Mapping Positions, V-A-C in collaboration with M HKA, In Memoriam/In Futurum, Stockholm University in collaboration with Accelerator.
The fair will be under the art direction of Stefano Raimondi and a consolidated team ready to face the challenges posed by the global situation to all art system operators. ArtVerona 2022, in continuing its identity and its mission that places it as the fair of reference for the enhancement of and support to the Italian art system, is proposing an edition that will develop throughout the year with the production of contents and meetings that anticipate and promote the Fair’s physical experience.
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