Invisible Blindness

  • Aria Spinelli (Italy)
    public talk and discussion

    High School of Arts, Mekhitar Sebastatsi Educational Complex
    February 23, 2011, Yerevan

The step towards overcoming the power of the image lies in the ability to communicate that unsaid and untold human transmission between bodies and souls, in which there is more to see than our imagination will let us. If the invisible is somewhat as being ‘not visible’, and in this sense, it can become a political act, being blind is a human condition, in which beings are forced to experience the world without sight.

My proposal is to research on the potentiality of blindness, as being without sight, and to research on those artists who deal with zones of conflict, through the construction of aesthetic modes of communication without the use of the visible. In this sense, my aim is to concentrate on the aspect of transmission and translation in the work of the artists. The presentation involves works by italian artists Eva Frappiccini, Maria Pecchioli, Andrea Romano, Mirko Smerdel and Marco Strappato.

Aria Spinelli

Aria Spinelli (1981, New York) is a curator who lives and works in Milan. She graduated in Contemporary Art History at the University La Sapienza (Rome), obtained an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Milan). She has curated exhibitions of young Italian artists in Italy and abroad. Since 2009, she has been part of the Collective ‘Radical Intention’. She is currently conducting research on the relationship between art and politics in Iran. She Collaborates with CHAN – Contemporary Art Association (Genoa) and Isola Art Center (Milan). Recent projects include: Taking Position – Collaborative project with curators and artists from Italy and Armenia (co-curator: Susanna Gyulamiryan), rigoriferi Mjilanesi-ACSL, Yerevan-Turin-Florence-Milan (2013); Things Can Change Quickly, Radical Intention (2010); Horror Vacui – Occupying the present, Isola Art Center (2010); Subverting Dualities, ‘Caterina Silva’ Project Room, Galleria VM21 (2010); Being Visible – Looking for contemporary ways of signification, Spazio Dogana, Palazzo Ducale, Genova (2010), etc.