Patricia Shira Mano Tolentino
Curated by Roberta Semeraro
Magazzino Gallery, Palazzo Contarini Polignac (Accademia bridge, Dorsoduro, VENEZIA)
January 21-February 04.2020
Presented by the vice-president of Cultural Association RO.SA.M., Iris Peynado
The Exhibition “Niñez rubata” of Israeli artist Patricia Shira Mano Tolentino gets its inspiration from the children’s portraits displayed at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Centre and will be staged within the Magazzino Gallery premises on the ground floor of Palazzo Contarini Polignac, very close to the Academia Bridge, whose spaces are kindly being made available by the owners.
It is an official event promoted by the Coordination of Remembrance Day (of which RO.SA.M is partner). The Opening Day is foreseen for Tuesday 21st January at 5:30pm; the exhibition will run until 4th February 2020.
“The idea of the Ninez Rubata project was born about a year ago while I was watching pictures of the Holocaust/Shoah victims, in particular from the Warsaw Ghetto. – says Patricia Tolentino - I was struck by a photograph picturing a child, titled “A child dressed in rags sitting in a Ghetto street” and I decided to paint a small portrait of his face, of his frightened expression. After that, I looked for other children to portray and I have come up with the idea of creating a wall composed of the Warsaw Ghetto oil paintings and inspired by the French artist Christian Boltansky’s work. This project is about memory ad aims at fighting the fall into oblivion, anti-Semitism and Shoah denial”.
On, 22nd January at 5.30 p.m. a meeting is scheduled at the Venice Jewish Museum (Campo di Ghetto Nuovo) during which the catalogue of the Niñez Rubata exhibition will be presented. Among the speakers, Michela Zanon, the Jewish Museum co-director, Roberta Semeraro, the exhibition curator, Iris Peynado project organizer. Patricia Shira Mano Tolentino will be engaging in a dialogue with the poems by Rosalia Ramirez, telling her experience/acquired awareness and the necessity to express herself on the Shoah theme.
A special contribution to the event will be the presence of Lia Finzi Federici author of the book “Dal buio alla luce” (From Darkness to Light)
Niñez Rubata, curated by Roberta Semeraro, is presented and supported by Iris Peynado, Vice-president of the Cultural Association Ro.Sa.M and it's hosted, for its deeply moral contents, by Bikem de Montebello in the Magazzino Gallery of Palazzo Contarini Polignac Press Release - EN