“Where pain Becomes beauty” is the title of the exhibition about Athar Jaber, a young artist born in Florence from Iraqi parents, who will be inaugurated on Thursday, July 2nd at 6 pm in Palazzo Medici Riccardi and will remain open until July 31st.
Where pain becomes beauty at Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Sculptures by Jaber show a beauty that has gone through the pain, destruction, ruin given by time, by nature, by violence, to revive the human dignity that goes beyond aesthetics. We are thus witnessing a metamorphosis of marble, a transformation of classical sculpture, which reveals sudden changes of surface, unfinished, deformity, mutilation. Through his work, Jaber reflects on the human condition, on the violence and wars, on handicaps and horrors. The smooth surface of the marble that represents the face of a young woman, put in contact with the acid, refers to the many images of women disfigured that we are sadly accustomed to seeing in newspapers, as well as the bodies bent on themselves and mutilated, the faceless heads.
Nineteen works are on display at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi: three sculptures are placed in the larger courtyard, eight busts “dialoguing” with those of the Museo Dei Marmi; in the first room next to the courtyard, seven boards in blue marble of Belgium are exposed on the floor, accompanied by a video of the performance in which the same are produced. The rhythmic cadence of chisel hitting stone echoes in the room and prepares to gunfire violence against a block of marble in the second room, which is also accompanied by a video in slow motion of the bullets that hit it and make a sculpture . This is an immediate reference to ISIS and to the destruction of the cultural and artistic heritage of humanity.
The exhibition, curated by Neri Torcello, will be introduced by a debate on “Multicultural identity” at the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in Rome Saywan Barzani, Philippe Van Cauteren, curator of the Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and Arturo Galansino, General Manager of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, and a meeting with the Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, museum and cultural institution in the UAE, whose mission is to promote the art of artists from around the world through a series of exhibitions locally and internationally.