“The Bridges of Graffiti” project positions itself 30 years after “Arte di Frontiera. New York Graffiti”, the exhibition curated by Francesca Alinovi that in 1984 brought the New York graffiti artistic scene in Italy.
Traditional spray-painted artworks were born at the geographic edges of Manhattan, a frontier in itself, and also “an intermediate space between culture and nature, mass and elite, black and white, aggressiveness and irony, trash and exquisite refinement”.
The ten artists involved – Boris Tellegen, Doze Green, Eron, Futura, Mode2, SKKI ©, Jayone, Todd James, Teach, Zero-T – worked together for the very first time, bringing to life a single cohesive Hall of Fame piece within the Arterminal walls, together with some site-specific works conceived especially for the exhibition.
“The Bridges of Graffiti” settles in a proper frontier, the San Basilio Terminal, building bridges so that past generations’ major contributions to this culture can finally be acknowledged and put into context. It’s an ideal bridge but also a tangible one, chronicling the influence and cross-pollination of Artists and Artworks that crossed the Ocean; the exhibition is about those “writers” who either already had or later on developed a figurative style as well, and have been evolving and reinventing themselves, staying ahead or outside the curve.
The name Arterminal (Terminal of Art) has been specifically chosen to evoke the relevance of the harbor for the city of Venice, strengthening its international importance and facilitating the exchange and the encounter between different cultures and different forms of art.
As in the past the relationship between the Serenissima and the East has brought to Venice the Byzantine art, so today the openness to art and culture of the Venetian water front guarantees the emergence of all those expressions related to travel and trade.
This is the reason why, since the beginning of the Arterminal project, the Venice Port Authority has been committed to the realization of this project, further requalifying the port area, already open to the city, as well as the Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, dealer of the Terminal, which has contributed to the architectural set-up.
Arterminal is therefore a perfect metaphor to tell the story of this first exhibition and its unconventional form of art, put here in relation with the great tradition of la Biennale di Venezia.
a white canvas for figurative expressions and a documentation of this multifaceted art form at its apogee by Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper, mirroring those artists whose works have landed in museums worldwide and avidly embraced by corporate sponsors skyrocketing their values into the mainstream culture and Art world.
The space also hosts a cafeteria and BookShelves to display a selection of books and fanzines documenting the culture through its many metamorphoses; these spaces have been designed by Boris Tellegen, artist that has constantly been experimenting with 3D and architectural shapes.
The exhibition received the patronage of UNESCO (Commissione Nazionale Italiana).
Arterminal c/o Terminal S. Basilio, Fondamenta Zattere Ponte di Legno, Venezia
May 9 – November 22
Hours: open 7 days a week from 10.10 am to 8.20 pm
Admission € 10
Reduced € 8 for students / under 26 and ticket holders of the 56th International Art Exhibition
Free admission for children up to 10 years old
Curated by Fondazione de Mitri and Mode2 with the consultancy of Andrea Caputo and DeeMo.
Produced by Carlo Pagliani and Claudia Mahler and Sartoria Comunicazione.
Organized by Associazione Inossidabile with the support of Autorità Portuale di Venezia.
Architectural project produced by Venezia Terminal Passeggeri.