21st March – 28th March 2019

Life Cycles : Eliza Collin & Pietro Librizzi

Light Eye Mind presents Life Cycles, an exhibition by Eliza Collin and Pietro Librizzi featuring works made with repurposed effects from a family house. The exhibition is correlated with the foundation of ‘casapiena microcentro’, an independent art centre in a small town of Sicily, being transformed from private residence to public space.

All of the items on show suggest new luxury objects and alternatives to the destructive production process that tradition needs. Centerpiece are imitative marble inlays, produced from plastic tiles whose entire production of gathering, chipping, melting, pressing, tracing, cutting and mounting happened in the same place. Mined from genealogical and architectural depths, the works depict landscapes with animals present since prehistoric times and now dominating into the human world: the plastic used to depict these scenes was perhaps once the scenes in the flesh.

Accompanying the inlays are other works fabricated whilst making room for the evolution of the house, notably a collection of garments, Giovanna, made with tights, skirts and underwear. Through a desire to make clothing without buying untraceable materials, and whilst clearing through abandoned closets at ‘casapiena’, finding garments made from traditional high grade materials yet in old and unflattering designs. Eliza decided to repurpose these pieces and seek new market life for them.

During the exhibition, three encounters will recreate some attitudes followed by the artists towards found material in respect to their previous affective life:

Soap Carving
Sat 23rd 2-5 PM
Free, some tools provided.

'Tight' Dress Making
Sun 24th 2-5 PM
Please bring 5-10 pairs of tights depending on the size of garment you wish to make.

Discussion on sustainability in art practice and a screening of Archivio Illegibile report, exploring the making of the first exhibition at ‘casapiena’ which dealt with belongings over generations, domestic archaeology and collective knowledge-making.
Mon 25th, 6-8 PM
Inviting participants to bring a favourite material to judgement
Eliza’s work rejects the hyper speeds of post-capitalist consumption, in favour of prioritising sustainable practices and accountable processes. Imitation luxury and using waste to re-create and question our ideas of objects of desire has been one of her interests. Recent shows include; With Kin, Melbury Abbas (Dorset), Archivio Illegibile, 'casapiena' microcentro (Sicily), Kalamos, Stallaini (Sicily), Manifesta12: Rover, Palermo (Sicily), Upcoming; Earth Day, Somerset House (London) and All in Green My Love Went Riding, Venice. She has also initiated a project in The Palestinian Territories re-establishing ancient and new trade routes and developing old and new materials.

Pietro Librizzi works in painting, cinema and music and lives in Petralia Soprana (Palermo) where he is founding 'casapiena microcentro'. Appearances in 2018 are Sitting Amongst with Gaia Di Lorenzo at Jupiter Woods London, Archivio Illegibile, the first exhibition at 'casapiena microcentro' co-curated with Eliza Collin and Daniel Tebano; the film Softman (2016) featured at 54º Mostra del Nuovo Cinema di Pesaro, Manifesta 12 under 5x5x5 project Rover and Weekend of the Dead by Circuito Nomadica, Bologna. Upcoming in May, All In green my love went riding, Venice.

Casapiena Microcentro is an independent art centre in a small town of Sicily, its mission aimed to bring foreign cultural realities to inspire curious minds of the area, all so requalifying a building and its surrounding towards an education-oriented public offering. Priming exhibitions were Francisco Zhan Still Life on Fire (11/2017), Daniel Tebano, Pietro Librizzi and Eliza Collin Archivio Illegibile (4/2018), Jessica Mai Walker (8/2018) Stone Door.

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