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Gabriella Ciancimino (1978) lives and works in Palermo.
“...Her work is all about relations. Through her public actions, performances and workshops, the artist prompts comunication and cultural crossbreeding between people who are often of different backgrounds. Her research, which is characterized by a social-anthropological slant and aimed at prompting a reflection on the notion of identity, explores the field on the themes related to food and to play, methaphors fro istant collective interaction. The artist mixes different medias – as video, music, installation, drawing, design and photography – combined and measured, create unconventional visions of reality starting for the reality itself”. (Giovanni Iovane)
Gabriella Ciancimino, If Iu Fil Homsik, Tink in Dailect : PORTRAIT IN SEPIA TONE (2010) Video DVD PAL 16:9, COLORE/STEREO (6:10’’). Courtesy of the Artist.
The video describes an everyday in a typical family from Palermo inside its own environment. The scene takes place in the kitchen : a mother is explaining to her sons how to prepare a Sicilian recipe, walled up cuttlefish. In the meanwhile, the boys are creating some music by playing Beat Box, copying with their voices the sound made by their mother while cooking. This behaviour, well known in the Hip Hop background, is usually used to create hints for the streets’ Mc. The scene ends with a family reunion around the living room table, with the father singing a gospel song.
* Giovanni Iovane (1959) is an independent curator. He is a professor of History of Contemporary art at The Academy of Fine Arts, Milano (Brera) and from 2005 at Politecnico, Milano. He is a guest curator at Lenbachhaus, Munich and at Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano. Since the begining of 2010, he works as guest curator at Palazzo Riso, Museo Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Palermo.