Venice screening, Hourglass at Studio Giardini, 24/9 2019

Welcome to an opening and film screening + talk at Studio Giardini in Venice, Italy. The event will take place on Tuesday Sept. 24th, 7 pm. Malin Pettersson Öberg will participate with her film “Reading Glass” (2015), portraying the Swedish glass industry through an intimate traveling through, and meditation on the archive spaces of The Glass Factory in Boda, Sweden. Participating artists are also Elena Mazzi (IT) and Theresa
Reimann-Dubbers (DE). The event is curated by Camila McHugh in collaboration with Swedish artist Love Enqvist.

Glass is rife with metaphor, ready to stand in for the fragile, shattered or crystal clear. It is also, of course, something that stands for nothing, or stands as nothing, when we look through it daily. Here, three artists take on glass as a material inextricable from innovation. They remind us it is something made – from sand and heat – and also something constructed culturally. Glass has a storied history in Venice, most notably that of Murano Glass. At Studio Giardini, a large street-level window stands apart from its neighbor’s brick and pastel facades on the cobblestoned Rio Tera San Isepo. Hourglass, a presentation of films by Elena Mazzi and Malin Petersson Öberg, alongside a stained glass window installation and lecture-performance by Theresa Reimann-Dubbers, refracts this sense of place.

Camila McHugh, Sept. 2019