Silvia Levenson | Identidad desaparecida

12 Mar 2017 – 11 Sep 2017

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10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
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Museum of Murano Glass

Veneto, Italy

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Silvia Levenson , a renowned artist from Argentina who for years lived in Italy, is presented for the first time in a public space in Venice.


With Identidad desaparecida , a solo exhibition whose title alludes to the gap left by thousands of children, now adults, torn to their biological families in Argentina during the regime from 1976 to 1983, when the military and their civilian accomplices - doctors, priests and officials - wanted to eliminate not only one generation, but also their offspring.

Reduce by the excellent reception received in Buenos Aires, Washington, Barcelona, Montevideo, Paris and Riga, the exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Gallery Ferry Venice, curated by Elena Povellato Sivia Levenson and is dedicated to the Grandmothers of the "Plaza de Mayo "and their indomitable work to give an identity to the children of the disappeared , their grandchildren, torn by the Argentine dictatorship to their natural parents and illegally given up for adoption. In the spaces of the Conterie - recovered museum function on the occasion of the last works of restoration of the museum - are on display from March 12 to 11 September 2016 sculptures, installations and photographs of great evocative value and emotional impact. These are jobs that, playing on the characteristics glass - used cast, or mold or as industrial material - suggest the gap, but also the objective analysis of the topics, that of ' torn identity . "Even if the children of the disappeared are now adults, in my work I always speak of children" the artist explains, "Because it is in childhood that the trauma originated, when the military, replacing the democratic organs of Argentine society, they took the right if you leave alive or kill parents denying any family identity." A painful story, typically Argentine, but also personal for the artist, who has seen many relatives and acquaintances directly involved in these events. The glass, which is essential to contain and store liquids and food, but also to build lenses, is the essential raw material of the artist's work, which in his works works for the preservation of the "body memory" . Trivial everyday objects as small chairs, mats, swings and climbing shoes are associated with glass knives, razor wire, tacks, drawing pins. Completing the exhibition is a site-specific high-impact: one hundred nineteen baby clothes colored molten glass recall the cases settled by the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo , and that is, one hundred and nineteen children who were able to learn the names of their real parents, the circumstances of their birth and meet the biological family.

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