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Godspeed: Opening solo exhibition by Filippo Sciascia



Godspeed: Opening solo exhibition by Filippo Sciascia


On the occasion of the Day of Contemporary Art, promoted by the AMACI – Association of Italian Museums of Contemporary Art, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute Jakarta proudly present a contemporary art exhibition “Godspeed” by Filippo Sciascia, which will be inaugurated on 13 November 2019. The exhibition is open for public until 12 December 2019.

“Godspeed, John Glenn” were the three famous words transmitted by radio to the American astronaut as the world watched him lift off into space and become the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. This phrase became so well known that Internet searches for the term “godspeed” spiked following his death in 2016. Contemporarily, “godspeed” is commonly used to express good wishes to someone starting a journey. The term originates from a Middle English phrase “god spede”, ‘spede’ meaning to succeed or prosper. As a non-native English speaker, Filippo Sciascia found the meaning and usage of the word “Godspeed” to be peculiar, and piqued his interest. Conversely, he always read it as two separate words “God speed”, and interpreted it as the idea of God speeding up nature through the process of evolution. The exhibition, GODSPEED, sees Sciascia deconstruct pre-existing notions of the popular phrase, workings which have resultantly produced fresh re-readings and new conceptions of the term. The show extends from his ongoing Lux Lumina series that explores the concept of light, and examines familiar themes of light in the context of science, archaeology, and the evolution of human society.

A prolific artist with an extensive and considerable portfolio of works, Sciascia expresses himself with a variety of techniques through mixed media paintings, ranging from representative, figurative, to abstract and minimalist works. To produce his images, the artist refers to a range of photographic sources and films that he encountered during his research on his ideas. The exhibition captures his contemplations about the speed of evolution as well as God’s relationship with mankind. Whilst creating works for this exhibition, Sciascia coincidently found himself retracing his own journey and evolution as an artist.


Data: Sab 30 Nov 2019

Organizzato da : IIC Jakarta

Ingresso : Libero


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