London, 8-11 November 2019 | PV 7 November 2019

Curated by Maria Valeria Biondo

Interiors by Riccardo Rizzetto

Sotto Sale Projects presents LACUNA, (“I wouldn’t see anything at all, but then I’d see it in joyful fragments”). A group exhibition featuring the work of Yulia Iosilzon, Matete Martini, Barbara Alegre


Conceived as an analysis of the tension between the individual and society, the artists explore the blurring boundaries between the imaginary world and their tangible obsessions. Opposing notions of collectivity and isolation are scrutinised, leading to a virtual expansion of Time. 


The exhibition opens a dialogue between the three artists, raising questions about time, identity and memory. Transcending lines between the real and the virtual, and revealing the fragility of a society rooted in individualism. Opening a spectrum of new possibilities where “we can do lots of things…” 


Diverse mediums - sculpture, painting, sound and video - take the viewer to new layers of meaning beneath the superficial and the obvious. Matete Martini (Francesca Martini’s paintings, saturated with associations to 20th century Italian futurism and pittura metafisica carry deeper narratives and criticism towards male privilege in society. Meaning is subverted in Iosilzon’s work through persistent duality between text and subtext, clarity and opaqueness. Often painted directly on silk or thin cotton or linen, the artist’s approach is thoughtfully communicated through materials that point to weightlessness and delicacy. Yet these surfaces, which suggest the “looming, conscious fragility” of narrative thread, reconfigure themselves as a ploy to create distance, with the artist likening her choice of medium to a “mosquito net”, at once offering transparency and impenetrability, courting the parasitic viewer but frustrating ultimate consummation. Alegre’s work talks about Time as a prompt to raise questions of memory, parenthood, genealogy, identity, origin, presence-absence, human concerns, universal and standardised social decisions. Humans have always been interested in measuring time in order to understand fate and exert some control over it.


Maria Valeria Biondo