SILVANO TESSAROLLO

Bassano del Grappa, 1956



November 30, 2020 - January 16, 2021

Marignana Arte, Marina Bastianello Gallery and Galleria Michela Rizzo present Together we stand !, an exhibition project born as a reaction to the cancellation of the fairs, in particular following the postponement of ArtVerona 2020. From 30 November 2020 to 9 January 2021 the three galleries present the artists and works originally conceived for the Veronese event in the spaces of the Michela Rizzo Gallery on the Giudecca Island, offering collectors and the local public the opportunity to visit the “off-fair” stands.

“The truth may indeed stand on one leg, but with two it will walk and go around”, said Nietzsche; and if the upright position is the greatest achievement of human evolution, then when we talk about standing we are talking about the most human act of all. An act that combines the search for truth, beauty, meaning - I have to stand to be a man, to look at the stars, to search for horizons - with an extraordinary form of resistance: not even the gravity and weight of the atmosphere will lower. my look. There is all the tragedy and magnificence of our condition in simply "standing up". But standing would not be so noble if it did not continually struggle with the risk of falling, of stasis, of the force that "knocks down". In the dramatic days that Italy, Europe and the rest of the world are experiencing, this risk is very strong. And therefore even more noble, strong and beautiful will be the effort to raise one's eyes to the sky.

Born from a practical necessity, this exhibition aims to transform the fall imposed by contingency into the demonstration that a new impetus is possible: just follow the paths of art, undertake them with courage, rely on them. These ways will make us remain human and give us the opportunity to look beyond the fall, beyond this time, beyond the difficulty of the days it would take us ashore. Together we stand! wants to be configured as a new form of collaboration between the three Venetian galleries that join forces in this delicate historical phase.

Among the artists on display, Marignana Arte presents Giuseppe Adamo, Maurizio Donzelli, Serena Fineschi, Nancy Genn, Silvia Infranco, Giulio Malinverni, Quayola and Verónica Vázquez. Marina Bastianello Gallery exhibits the works of Matteo Attruia, Antonio Guiotto, Penzo + Fiore and Paolo Pretolani. Finally, Galleria Michela Rizzo exhibits the works of Alessandro Biggio, Lucio Pozzi, Silvano Tessarollo and Sophie Westerlind.

Silvano Tessarollo was born in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza) in 1956. He lives and works in Tezze sul Brenta (Vicenza). For Silvano Tessarollo places and time have a particular fascination characterized by the union of fragility, poetry and concreteness. In his works, which he elaborates through photography, drawing, video and installation, nature is often the main carachter and shows up through simple scenarios that can be traced back to a known and often familiar imagination; it has its roots in the values of the Earth and in the rhythms connected to it. Many of his works are characterized by entropy, which becomes a founding element of the work itself. Tragedy has always been a frequent element, which appears in the forms of a calamity already passed, but still capable of reverberating a latent despair, as profound as human. Between the 1990s and the first decade of the new century his work has touched visual moments of different direction, in which the story was relied on colored wax puppets that in spite of their apparent lightness, contained the seed of ruin that today, as then and as at the beginning, it represents the only figure of his language and his research. His path is characterized by participation in exhibitions and events of relevance such as the Rome Quadrennial and the Venice Biennale. Several institutions, from the Pecci Museum in Prato to Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto, to the Mart in Rovereto, have recognized the significance of his poetic discourse in the visual arts. Curriculum Vitae