'El Jardin Secreto' at Italian Cultural Centre in Madrid

Photographer Alessandra Calò collaboration with 7 Latin artists

11 October, 16:28

    MADRID - An exhibition by photographer and artist Alessandra Calò at the Italian Cultural Centre (ICC) in Madrid, titled "El Jardin Secreto", was inaugurated Thursday as part of Contemporary Art Day, an event sponsored by the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums (AMACI).
    The exhibition, which runs through December 20, is part of a larger project called "The Secret Garden", in which contemporary women lend their voices to vintage photographic plates of women.
    Calò collaborated with seven contemporary female Latin artists, chosen for their particular contributions to literature, music, poetry and social activism: journalist and poet Violeta Medina; electronic music composer Sandra Fernandez, known as La Santa; film director and biologist Marcia Tambutti Allende, niece of Salvador Allende; director, screenwriter and producer Mariana Rondom; director of the Colores de Calcuta Foundation Maria de Muns; and MP and Spanish actress Rosana Pastor.
    "The elements that make up the work are archive and contemporary materials, female portraits on negative plates, which have been part of my research for years - three-dimensional herbariums I collected, dried, and composed myself, and literary texts written by Austrians that chose to collaborate with the project," Calò said at the inauguration, which was attended by Italian Ambassador to Spain Stefano Sannino and the director of ICC Madrid, Laura Pugno.
    "El Jardin Secreto is the first exhibition that comes from our artist-in-residence programme 'Art To Come', which is a site-specific project between Italy, Spain, and Latin America," Pugno said.
    The works that were created during the artist-in-residence programme are combined in the exhibition with previous works by Calò in collaboration with other Italian artists including Rachele Bastreghi, the female vocalist in the group Bustarelle; poet Francesca Genti; Mara Redeghieri, singer-songwriter in the 1990s group Ustmamò; and writer Marta Accardi.
    The exhibition also includes Calò's most recent works: 'Kochan', presented at Circulations, the festival of contemporary photography in Paris; and 'Les Inconnues', a new work on public display for the first time.

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