The Voices of The Sirens

The Voices of The Sirens

Little Constellation

Exterior of Montagu Bastion, Listen to the Sirens / Space for Contemporary Arts. Courtesy Listen to the Sirens / Space for Contemporary Arts.

July 3, 2015

The Voices of The Sirens
23 June–21 August 2015

Gibraltar – UK
Listen to the Sirens / Space for Contemporary Art Montagu Bastion; Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery; Garrison Library; The Alameda, Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

Ambrose Avellano, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, Creative Gibraltar, Martina Conti, Nina Danino, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Doris Drescher, Barbara Geyer, Lito Katto & Leontios Toumpouris, Irena Lagator, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Mark Mangion with Elias & Yousef Anastas, Pierre Portelli, Miki Tallone

Curators: Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro 

This new Little Constellation event was preceded by two years of intense work for the first time simultaneously in two countries: Gibraltar – UK and the Republic of San Marino, with artworks involving site-specific research, workshops, conferences and the creation of new artistic productions specially in both territories. Gibraltar has renovated one of the historic ramparts of the old city walls, Montagu Bastion, to host Listen to the Sirens – Space for Contemporary Arts, where experiments have been conducted with five site-specific projects by artists from Gibraltar and other small states. San Marino, in addition to having planned the whole project through the Little Constellation Network, has likewise produced new works of art specially designed in its territory and intended for this important occasion.

The exhibition is divided into three thematic sections in two exhibitions venues. 

At the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, present the first two sections of the exhibition:
–Closest Voices will consist of site-specific works developed in Gibraltar: In a Low Voice by the Swiss artist Miki Tallone; Dancing Under the Shadows, by the Gibraltarian artist Ambrose Avellano; Spaceship Command and the installation This is Little Constellation by the duo from San Marino Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro; Magins by Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir from Iceland and Kitchen by the Gibraltarian group Creative Gibraltar.
–Other Voices consists of other works by artists who are particularly significant for the Little Constellation network: Doris Drescher, Barbara Geyer, Pierre Portelli, Irena Lagator, Lito Kattou and Leontios Toumpouris, Mark Mangion, who have worked specially for The Voices of the Sirens in relation to specific features of their countries: Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Montenegro. At the Alameda, Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, a performance was held by the San Marino artist Martina Conti, whose action fuses the visual arts with theatre and dance. 

In the spaces of Montagu Bastion, Listen to the Sirens – Space for Contemporary Arts present the third section of the exhibition, Voices from Further Away, with two works specially produced by the Republic of San Marino: the short film Distanza by the Icelandic artist Ingibjörg Magnadóttir and Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara by the British director and filmmaker Nina Danino, a native of Gibraltar. A sound installation, built up through a deeply moving dialogue with the director of the 12 cloistered nuns of the Monastery of Santa Chiara di Valdragone in the Republic of San Marino. 

In parallel with the exhibition, the Gibraltar Garrison Library will be hosting the Summer School A Natural Oasis with Performing History. 

The School, curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi, with the participation of Jennifer Ballantine Perera, Director of the Garrison Library, the artist Kapwani Kiwanga and young artists and researchers: Sarah Capesius, Martina Conti, Viola Conti, Lito Kattou & Leontios Toumpouris, Alessandro Di Pietro, Katrín I. Jonsdóttir Hjördísardóttir Hirt, Nico Macina, Francesca Mangion, Orestis Mavroudis, Mnemoscape (Elisa Adami, Alessandra Ferrini), Michela Pozzi, Giacomo Raffaelli, Jacopo Rinaldi, from small states and countries bordering the Mediterranean. Some of the installations by young artists are exhibiting at the Garrison Library for the whole period of the event.

A comprehensive catalogue of the whole project will be produced by Mousse Publishing.

Conceived and curated by /Little Constellation/ Network 
Republic of San Marino 
Promoted and coordinated by Gibraltar Cultural Services & Ministry of Culture, Government of Gibraltar – UK
Republic of San Marino Most Excellent Captains Regent; Ministry of Foreign and Political Affairs; Ministry of Education and Culture; Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy; Ministry of Territory
/Little Constellation/ Contemporary art in geo-cultural micro-areas and small States of Europe
Network Library and Archive
NUA new arts and contemporary research 
Republic of San Marino

With the support and collaboration of:
Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Republic of Malta; Arts Council Malta; Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Cyprus; Ministry of Culture, Republic of Montenegro; Ministry of Culture and Research of Luxembourg, FOCUNA National Cultural Fund, MUDAM Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Casino Luxembourg; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Cultural Affairs of Principality of Liechtenstein, Kulturstiftung Liechtenstein, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein; Government of Iceland, Icelandic Arts Centre, SIM Iceland; Prohelvetia – Fondazione Svizzera per la Cultura; Goldsmiths – University of London; Arts Council England; Gibraltar Garrison Library; DOCVA Viafarini.

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