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Artist Mary Bluestocking Highlights Russian War Crimes by Reproducing Mariupol Plea for Mercy

Video still from “дети II” / “Deti II”.
Multimedia installation with video
component, by Mary Bluestocking, March 19th, 2022. Italy.

Mary Bluestocking is a Latvian-American contemporary artist who is currently producing multi- media work focused on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Bluestocking’s first major work as part of her For Ukraine project, is the large-scale installation “дети II” / “Deti II” (Russian for “Children II”), which is a recreation of the writing on the ground at theater/shelter in Mariupol, Ukraine which was shelled by the Russians on March 16th. Even now, hundreds are believed to still be trapped. The “Deti II” installation by Bluestocking included a drone video recording. A short-version of the video was posted on social media and is meant to serve, currently, as a vigil to the victims of Russia’s attack on the theater. The Deti series is ultimately meant as a narrative body, in direct opposition to the Russian administration’s own narrative of being “rescuers” of the Ukrainian people from “genocidal fascists”. The series pinpoints and emphasizes the critical detail of the Mariupol theater scene which makes it plain to see that Putin and his administration are guilty of war crimes. The series seeks to raise awareness among those confused by the mixed messaging, censorship and disinformation in the media and it calls for acknowledgement that Putin and his administration are guilty of war crimes. “Dety II” was conceived, and executed at Art Aia – Creatives In Residence – an art center in the Comune of Sesto al Reghena in the North-Eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, where Bluestocking is currently doing an art residency until March 27th.
Since the publication of “Dety II” on instagram, Facebook and Youtube on March 19th, “dety” pieces by other artists, featuring the word in Cyrrilic, writ large on the ground have begun to appear around the world, such as a “dety” piece at the square of the Czech National Theatre in Prague on March 22nd by a number of people including Oldřich Morys, and another “dety” piece which appeared on March 24th, at the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw by the Dramatyczny Kolektyw . The nature of the connection between these later, “dety” – installations and Bluestocking’s is yet unknown.

More about Mary Bluestocking:

Bluestocking holds a bachelor of fine art in visual art from the State University of New York, Purchase College, School of Visual Arts, USA and a master of arts in international migration and ethnic relations from Malmö, University, Sweden. She has observed five Ukrainian elections as an international
observer in the regions of Kyiv, Cherkasy, Dnipro and Khmelnytskyi.

Instagram: @marybluestocking

ECONOTE TALKS ABOUT US (ITALIANO)

Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence is very pleased to be featured on Econote.

Photo by Alan Morassut

What is Econote ?

Econote is an independent magazine and a cultural association: a project born in Naples in March 2008 by Marianna Sansone, journalist and graduate in sociology, always attentive to issues of sustainability.

Read the full article by Antonio Benforte here

Climate Change Theatre Action 2021

Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence,  in collaborazione con the Arctic Cycle, presenta il progetto Climate Change Theatre Action, una serie di letture e spettacoli di brevi opere teatrali scritte da drammaturghi di tutto il mondo sul tema del cambiamento climatico e del Green New Deal. Un progetto che invita le comunità territoriali ad intraprendere azioni per  sensibilizzare sull’emergenza climatica. Il progetto e´organizzato anche dal Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts con cui Morassutti aveva già collaborato nel 2018 nella residenza Ate in pratiche artistiche sostenibili.

Le dichiarazioni di Giovanni Morassutti :

“Amo la mia terra e la pandemia mi ha fatto prendere consapevolezza di voler tornare alle mie origini. Sto lavorando ad un’iniziativa internazionale di teatro che rispecchia il mio impegno verso l’ambiente. Intendo sensibilizzare il pubblico sul cambiamento climatico e sul Green New Deal organizzando un evento sulle rive del fiume Tagliamento, a simbolo della sua autenticità come fiume morfologicamente intatto.Avevo già collaborato con  il Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts e grazie a Google Arts & Culture abbiamo fatto conoscere ad un pubblico internazionale le pratiche artistiche in funzione della sostenibilità ambientale. Spero che queste iniziative come altre a seguire possano sensibilizzare i fruitori su temi legati al riscaldamento globale, al cambiamento climatico e al rischio che sta correndo la biodiversità. Ritengo che il teatro, come tutte le arti, abbia il compito di sensibilizzare il pubblico su temi così urgenti”.

Giovanni Morassutti: “Trust and help people around you”

At the moment, I am consolidating collaborations with several international partners and with the Region of Friuli- Venezia Giulia. The activities of the art center resonate with the local community. The outcomes of my projects are usually open to the public and have received a particular interest among the local people.

I am also aiming to foster cultural tourism and community involvement. Friuli- Venezia Giulia is a culturally unique region shaped by history, traditions and art. I would love to collaborate with other local entities. I would say that at this stage, the three things that would support my effort would be to promote my cause, donate to the art center, and collaborate on our projects.

As a part of our series about stars who are making an important social impact, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Giovanni Morassutti.

Giovanni Morassutti (born March 15, 1980, in Padua) is an Italian actor, director, writer, artist, and cultural entrepreneur. He is a graduate of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and representative of Method Acting, being a long-time student and collaborator of John Strasberg and having also studied with his sister Susan in the late ’90s. Since 2001 he has acted in more than 20 films, including independent films, prime time tv, and international films. In 2016 he wrote the foreword to the Italian version of Strasberg´s book “ Accidentally on Purpose: Reflections on Life, Acting and the Nine Natural Laws of Creativity ”. Giovanni Morassutti is the founder of Art Aia — Creatives / In / Residence, an international art residency and arts school located in the countryside of the north-eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia that focuses on developing the creative process, holism and sustainable practices by preserving biodiversity and facilitating cultural exchange across borders.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you share with us the “backstory” that led you to this career path?

Read the full interview on Thrive Global

Residenze artistiche di art aia – creatives / in / residence

Le residenze artistiche proposte da Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence rappresentano un progetto culturale legato alle arti multidisciplinari in cui viene fornito ad alcuni artisti il supporto logistico per permettere la realizzazione dei loro progetti. Le residenze artistiche durano generalmente due o tre settimane fino ad un massimo di un mese, programmate in base alle esigenze degli artisti e al calendario delle attività del centro culturale. Il concetto di residenza artistica non è solo una cura per l’ospitalità e la produzione degli artisti, che possono trovare lo spazio, il tempo e le risorse per dedicarsi completamente al loro lavoro, ma permette anche di immergersi in un contesto naturale traendo ispirazione dal silenzio della campagna incontaminata. In altre parole, il processo creativo si sviluppa in una modalità lenta e riflessiva in opposizione alla rincorsa frenetica che caratterizza i nostri tempi. Gli artisti possono interagire con la natura fisica dell’ambiente in un’atmosfera rilassata.

L’artista Berlinese Karl Heinz Jeron nel 2018

Singoli artisti o gruppi possono fare richiesta di lavorare alla fase iniziale di nuovi progetti artistici, senza l’obbligo di presentare i risultati o di lavorare alla fase finale di nuovi progetti artistici, con la possibilità di condividere il risultato in anteprima davanti al pubblico. Tra i candidati, i giovani artisti hanno la priorità, ma non vengono escluse le richieste di artisti maturi o affermati. Durante la residenza, le persone possono risiedere presso la Art Aia – Guest House e utilizzare lo spazio e le attrezzature disponibili nel centro. Alcune residenze artistiche si evolvono anche in vere e proprie produzioni. La residenza artistiche mirano anche ad una crescita sociale e culturale della comunità locale, amalgamandosi con le esigenze e le potenzialità del comune di Sesto al Reghena e della Provincia di Pordenone. Queste residenze promuovono anche la ricerca e decongestionano l’offerta delle grandi città sviluppando la creatività della provincia e delle zone rurali. Negli ultimi anni le residenze artistiche di Art Aia -Creatives / In / Residence si sono focalizzate sulla ricerca, la produzione, il dialogo e la diffusione della sostenibilita´nelle arti, attraverso un progetto artistico innovativo e sperimentale contestualizzato in spazi non convenzionali dove gli artisti hanno sviluppato le loro pratiche legate all’ecologia. Infine il centro culturale propone residenze che combinano l’espressione artistica con la consapevolezza psicologica e la comunicazione attraverso pratiche di eco-terapia che possono portarci in uno stato di profondo rilassamento sentendoci connessi con la natura, espandendo la connessione mente-corpo-spirito. Queste residenze mirano a potenziare la consapevolezza di sé invitando la natura nell’alleanza terapeutica. Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, pur lavorando anche a livello locale, rivolge la sua proposta di residenze artistiche a livello internazionale al fine di sviluppare il turismo culturale.

Art Aia on Google Arts & Culture

A new exhibition by Art Aia on Google and Arts & Culture about “La Dolce Berlin”.

The initiative stems from Morassutti’s long life and work experience in the German capital and offers an overview of Berlin’s independent art scene and its alternative spaces.

Read the full article in Italian on Non Solo Cinema

Strasberg legacy . An Online Exhibition on Google Arts & Culture.


In collaboration with Giovanni Morassutti, Google Arts & Culture has created an online exhibition on the history and particularities of the Stanislavskij and Strasberg method.

The Actors Studio. Drawing by Jill Gill

Read the full article in Italian on Eco del Cinema .

Art Aia is pleased to collaborate with emerging photographer Arianna Serio

Art Aia – La Dolce Berlin, subsidiary of Art Aia Creatives \ In \ Residence welcomes Italian photographer Arianna Serio who just started a collaboration in Berlin dealing with social media management, project development, content creation among other duties.

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“Calabrone jewelry”

We are very pleased to have Arianna on board, not only she is a talented photographer but also very capable of creating innovative projects and artistic concepts.

Arianna is sponsored by European Community, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs.

More info about the project here.

Arts management in South Asia and Europe. The Intertwining of arts management and artistic practice

Italian actor, artist and cultural entrepreneur Giovanni Morassutti and Bangladeshi curator and researcher Sadya Mizan have been collaborating in 2019 in the International project Uronto – an Artist-Led Open Collective in Bangladesh with a residential exchange program. In the following interview, they share its outcomes for international arts management, curatorship, cooperation, and similarities and differences between art practices in the Western and the non-Western world.

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Dubolhati Rajbari located in Naogaon, Bangladesh

Sadya: What is your understanding of the intersection of curation and arts management in the European context?

Giovanni: I have the feeling that curatorship in Europe is becoming more and more an academic field confined to institutional settings. The problem is that the process tends to be very analytical, requiring to apply the knowledge of contemporary art theories, mainly connected to criticism of visual art forms. This can lack a more intuitive interpretation of artworks, which in my opinion would allow a better understanding of the artistic process. I also believe that it is important to integrate the knowledge of different disciplines in the development of creative communication between art and society, as well as it is fundamental to learn how to communicate with the audience. In terms of arts management, I see, especially in Berlin, many people and art collectives inventing and testing new formats. Many project spaces, including my pop-up gallery Art Aia – La Dolce Berlin, are interested in opening up intellectual borders between different cultures by independently managed residency programs and cultural exchanges. The intersection happens when there is an interest in interpreting art production in a wider context.

Sadya: I completely understand the consequences of the academic process focusing too much into art history and feeding art critics while ignoring the need for interactive communication. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, there is only a very poor presence of curatorial practice, no curators in art infrastructures, no curatorial studies in any art institute – matter of fact, we have such few numbers of such institutes at all and all of them with a classical colonized curriculum. Some of the artists with strong passion and dedication are coming in front line action as independent curators or arts managers, mostly learning by doing. I look at this also positively as a kind of freedom but in the long run we do need institutional training, not necessarily in art history but in other related segments. Especially nowadays the freedom of self-taught curatorial positions in Bangladesh is being corrupted by few practitioners to survive in the shrinking pot of opportunities ultimately contaminating the importance of a curator and arts manager.

Read the full interview on Arts Management Network – State of the arts

Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring Has Been Stolen.

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The rectory garden in Nuenen with female figure

Singer Laren museum in Laren was closed to the public when at around 3:15 a.m on March 30th some thieves smashed a large glass door at the front of the museum to access the building. According to the local authorities perpetrators had vanished by the time Police arrived, stealing Dutch master’s painting. The painting was on loan from the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, and it was painted when Van Gogh was living in Neunen, where his father was a pastor. Police have launched a criminal investigation and are requesting any security footage captured by cameras in the neighborhood and questioning local residents. Anna Singer established The museum  in 1954 and it includes works by Dutch artists Chris Beekman, Jan Toorop and Herman Kruyder, among others.

More info about the The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring