This is a continuation of BIOMEGA project and the First Project was elaborated and presented by the artist in 2018, whereas its second stage is supported by Sardi Art Foundation, Turin (Fondazione Sardi per l'Arte, Torino) and coordinated by Arteco from Turin (Arteco, Torino) in cooperation with a number of institutions. The project's implementation was promoted with the support on the part of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity (Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea) at the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e per il Turismo) within the framework of the seventh release of the programme Italian Council, 2019 (Italian Council), aimed at promoting and disseminating contemporary Italian art in Italy and abroad. In collaboration with Brain Lab from the Faculty of Neuroscience at the Milan IULM University (the IULM University of Languages and Communication), the artist spent three years studying the application of biotechnology in agricultural production to investigate its impact on the consumers' choice when buying products. In particular, the artist was dealing with the issues that are usually faced by the neuromarketing. However, this time the study is interdisciplinary in its nature, and based on its results, Veneziano implemented BIOMEGA Multiverso (Biomega Multiverse) project – an installation that using the screen-printing technique and embroidery on fabric, reveals the geometry of the [consumer] sentiment's movement.
This piece of work represents an attempt to understand the "logic" behind visual perception: it makes the viewer think about how powerful the influence of visual perception is on our choices in everyday life.
With each subsequent stage of the project, all newly introduced objects would be placed around the main, central work, reinforcing its ideological message: how complex and ambiguous is a seemingly simple act of contemplation.
Kyiv became yet another venue of the BIOMEGA Multiverso exhibition and it is not by coincidence: the artist chose it precisely because Ukrainian black soils enjoy the reputation of being the most fertile and being able to feed not only Ukrainians. It is no wonder that in many countries, Ukraine is called the "European granary", with all geopolitical consequences arising out of the name.
In collaboration with the art residence Radius and the M17 Centre for Contemporary Art (The M17 Foundation), the Italian Institute of Culture in Kyiv, the artist has prepared a new series of works for the final exhibition of the project, which, closely intertwining with the original project, emphasize on fluidity, temporality and complexity of the act of contemplation.
Along with the works created as part of the BIOMEGA Multiverso (BIOMEGA Multiverse) project and exhibited in numerous Italian institutions (they will be eventually purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Milan (MUFOCO)), the artist presents a series of works called Snorkelling: made in screen-printing technique, they are united by the name of a popular water sport. The name is an allusion to contemplation of the sea depths, which are never transparent. Monuments are never transparent either, just like their history and memories associated with them. The non-transparency of monuments, which has been a hot topic for continuous discussion throughout the last few months, is a long-standing theme for Cosimo Veneziano's research, and a fresh impetus was given to it in this new project after a visit to the Pietro Canonica Museum in Villa Borghese in Rome in 2018. These new works are exhibited in Kyiv for the first time and are a reference to the artistic heritage of the sculptor Pietro Canonica, the author of the 1912 monument to Nikolai Nikolayevich Romanov, which had been erected on Manezhnaya Square in St. Petersburg and destroyed in 1917.
Snorkelling is a series of works in the screen-printing technique with the images of monuments partially hidden behind the layers of red and yellow paint.
Invoking the object of contemplation, remembering how much the act of contemplation affects our comprehending of the History, the artist returns, again, to studying the context. Similarly to BIOMEGA Multiverso, in Snorkelling, Cosimo Veneziano emphasizes the importance of how an eye is cast on an object. Broaching upon a painful theme of the history's destruction, which is revealed to us by monuments and sculptures… Exploring new ways of hiding history and new forms of its rejection…
Lisa Parola (the curator)
Cosimo Veneziano (Moncalieri, 1983) lives and works in Turin, where he founded, along with other co-founders, the international residence Project Diogenes (Progetto Diogene) in 2007. The artist's activities are characterized by a wide range of intensive researches and workshops, and are associated with hard working in the archives. The main theme is the evolution/development of sculpture and painting, and the influence of the places that inspired the artists to create their relevant works.
As to the artist's personal exhibitions, the following are worth mentioning:
- "Break the window and steal the fragments!", AlbumArte, Rome, 2018 (Rompi la finestra e ruba i frammenti!, AlbumArte, Roma, 2018);
- "The Oil", Ettore Fico Museum, Turin, 2016 (Petrolio, MEF - Museo Ettore Fico, Torino, 2016);
- "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way", Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin, 2014 (Verso occidente l'impero dirige il suo corso, Galleria Alberto Peola, Torino, 2014);
- "Monochrome", Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2015 (Monochrome, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, 2015);
- "Smugglers copied a precious sculpture. A place for doubts", Cali, Colombia, 2013; Los contrabandistas copiaron una escultura de mucho valor, Lugar a Dudas, Cali (Colombia), 2013;
- "Cathedral", supported by DOCVA, Milan, 2013 (Cattedrale, Care of DOCVA, Milano, 2013);
- "The Epoch of Sad Passions", Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art, Tirana, 2011 (L'epoca delle passioni tristi, Tirana Institute for Contemporary Art, Tirana, 2011).
Radius is a non-profit research organization in the field of contemporary three-dimensional art. Radius space is focused on an intercultural dialogue. Thus, its main structure consists of an open residence and exhibition space enabling the artists to live, work and present their researches concurrently.
The main idea of the space is to ensure that an artist is able to look for new forms of artistic expression in a close dialogue with the cultural environment of Kyiv and Ukraine as a whole. It is a venue for reproduction and representation of alternative artistic solutions, which is primarily intended for studying new roles and forms of contemporary three-dimensional art.