AA.VV. Into the blue

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Date(s) - 05/06/2024 - 28/06/2024
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Corals Gallery


On Wednesday, 5 June, the exhibition entitled “Into the blue” with artists Luciana Bencivenga, Emanuele Giorgi and Elisa Nepote, curated by Greta Zuccali, opens at the Corals exhibition space.

The exhibition dedicated to the colour blue and the precious element of water was created with the intention of celebrating World Oceans Day, officially designated by the United Nations on 8 June. An opportunity to approach and discover the work of some contemporary artists and at the same time reflect on the benefits that water can provide us and the duty incumbent on every individual and the community to interact with marine ecosystems in a sustainable manner.

The artist Luciana Bencivenga brings to the exhibition a selection of works created between 2020 and 2023 on the theatrical performance “Ocean”, an interactive event dedicated to young audiences that through dance, music and live drawing aimed to deal with the theme of ocean pollution and illegal fishing.

The works, made with liquid inks and watercolour, were therefore created with the intention of recreating the marine environment with the delicate and light touch of the artist who, playing with nuances and delicate brushstrokes, transports us into an ecosystem as powerful as it is fragile where, amidst blue, turquoise and green colours, the marine flora finds itself forcibly coexisting with waste and objects.

Artist Emanuele Giorgi starts from a reflection on the power of water as a source of life, creating a sculpture that becomes a symbol of the relationship between man and nature.

The work is divided into two parts: a child’s face made of terracotta interacts with an aquaponic structure with the intention of creating a work in continuous evolution. Aquaponics is a technique that makes it possible to breed fish and, with the help of bacteria, transform the waste they produce into nutrients for plants, purifying the water and thus creating a self-sufficient closed-cycle ecosystem.

The artist Elisa Nepote, on the other hand, dedicates her pictorial research to the study of the colour blue, starting from the symbolic meaning it has held since ancient times.

The divine and transcendental dimension of reality therefore becomes the protagonist of the “Kingdom of Water” series, in which water, sky and earth become one and capture the viewer in an embrace of intense or almost dusty blues, celestials and water-greens.

The “Into the blue” exhibition therefore becomes an invitation to immerse oneself in the blue, to be inebriated by its vibrations and beauty, and at the same time to dwell on its fragility, especially when we speak of the oceans, vast and mysterious ecosystems now subject to climate change, overfishing phenomena and pollution due to plastic waste.

This event will be a chance to celebrate the first year of exhibitions at the Corals space, which opened its doors in June 2023.

The name “Corals” is a clever double entendre, referencing both the vibrant marine creatures and their crucial role in the ocean ecosystem. Corals provide fish with the world’s most biodiversity habitat and act as a fertile breeding ground.

Drawing inspiration from the vital role of coral reefs, the Corals space was established to offer a nurturing environment for young artists. It aims to help them flourish and forge new connections, laying the groundwork for successful artistic careers. In just its first year, the space has already hosted a remarkable 10 exhibitions.

The artists

Luciana Bencivenga

Illustrator, painter, animator and sometimes scenographer, she perpetuates her research in the combination of man and nature. After graduating from the School of the Book in Urbino, she continued her training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, attended workshops with OrecchioAcerbo editore, at the Mattatoio Ex Macro Testaccio in Rome, with BilBolBul in Bologna. She publishes Resina1, of which she is co-founder, with Lo Straniero and Mami Verlag. Over the years she has attempted transversal approaches in her relationship with artistic practice; she moves between self-produced card games, papier-mâché decorations with the Carnival Factory team, art workshops with schools, experiments between video projections, bodies and music. Since 2020, she has been collaborating with choreographer Elda Gallo in the creation of the performances Ocean and A Forest to Grow People, theatrical shows for young audiences that become interactive thanks to the painted and projected scenography in real time. A Forest to Grow People is nominated for the STELLA24 award in the category ‘outstanding stage setting’ (live drawing, animation and stage) for performances aimed at young adults in Austria.

Emanuele Giorgi

Class of ’95, born in Cattolica. From an early age, he cultivated a passion for graphic art, which he continued to pursue, despite life experiences taking him in other directions. At the age of 24, he decided to take leave after five years of military service to pursue a career as an artist. His path begins as a tattoo artist in 2019. Emanuele’s artistic research leads him to express himself in a transversal manner, ranging from tattooing to illustration, from drawing to painting, from sculpture to the redevelopment of materials.

Elisa Nepote

Born in Savigliano (CN) in 1985. In 2004 she graduated from the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin in Decoration with Professor Francesco Preverino. In 2005 she began working for several years gaining experience in the fields of Fashion and Sculpture, at workshops of designers and Contemporary Art artists. During this period he exhibited in several group exhibitions in Turin and Milan . In 2021, she enrolled in the two-year specialisation course at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where she is currently attending the painting course supervised by Professor Marco Casentini. She currently lives in Milan and works and paints in her studio in the city. The latest group exhibitions she has participated in are “Mirabilis” in 2023 curated by Alberto Mattia Martini, Marco Casentini and Dany

Vescovi at Palazzo Meravigli in Milan and “Summerstorm”, also in 2023, curated by Alberto Mattia Martini, Marco Casentini and Dany Vescovi at the Bonelli Gallery in Milan.

Corals Gallery

Via Evangelista Torricelli 21

20136 – Milano



Opening 5 June 2024 18:30 – 21:00

Public Opening 6 – 28 June 2024

Monday – Friday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Out-of-hours by appointment only

Sunday closed

Free entry

Exhibition project

Greta Zuccali |g.zuccali@hub-art.org


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