Alex Urso / GRAND HOTEL EUROPA (part two) / within the artist residence
GRAND HOTEL EUROPA (part two)
within the artist residence
23.05.2019 / 5 p.m.
24 – 30.05.2019
Centrum Centre for Creative Activities in Ustka / ul. Zaruskiego 1a
In the recent years Europe has been assisting to an increasing of far-right movements; nationalist and conservative parties have made significant electoral gains in many countries. Alex Urso’s project wants to encourage a reflection on this topic.
The exhibition includes a selection of drawings and collages realized by the artist during the one-month residency at the Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej of Ustka. Each series of work explores the theme of the nationalistic feelings growth from a different perspective, with a particular focus on the refugee crisis.
GRAND HOTEL EUROPA in as ongoing process. The first part of the project has been inaugurated in Serbia – during the artist’s residency at the BAIR / Center424 of Belgrade.
Alex Urso’s residency at the Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej is kindly supported by the Fondazione Paolina Brugnatelli of Milan.
Alex Urso (b. 1987) is a multidisciplinary artist from Italy, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan. He works predominantly in the medium of collage, assemblage and spacial installation. His works have been exhibited in public and private art spaces such as Estorick Collection (London), Casa Testori (Milan), Zacheta National Gallery of Warsaw – Project Room, BWA Katowice, Monopol Gallery (Warsaw), Institute of Italian Culture of Krakow, Entropia Gallery (Wroclaw), among others.
Together with his practice as a visual artist, Urso is as well engaged in curatorial projects and critical writing. In 2017 he has been co-curator of the Biennale de La Biche. From 2015, is a contributor for the Italian magazine Artribune.