Pierre Portelli, 2015

The Voices of the Sirens

curated by Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & PierPaolo Coro

This new Little Constellation event is the final exhibition of the program of Listen to the Sirens. It was preceded by two years of intense work for the first time simultaneously in two countries: Gibraltar and San Marino, with artworks involving site-specific research, workshops, conferences and the creation of new artistic productions specially in both territories. Gibraltar has renovated one of the historic ramparts of the old city walls, Montagu Bastion, to host Listen to the Sirens – Space for Contemporary Art, where experiments have been conducted with five site-specific projects by artists from Gibraltar and other small states. San Marino, in addition to having planned the whole project through the Little Constellation Network, has likewise produced new works of art specially designed in its territory and intended for this important occasion.

The rich opening programme, to be held in various exhibition venues, will begin on 23 June at 6:30 PM in the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, which will present the first two sections of the exhibition:

- the section Closest Voices will consist of site-specific works developed in Gibraltar: In a Low Voice by the Swiss artist Miki Tallone; Dancing Under the Shadows, by the Gibraltarian artist Ambrose Avellano; Margins by Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir from Iceland, Spaceship Command and the installation This is Little Constellation by the duo from San Marino Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, and Kitchen, by the Gibraltarian group Creative Gibraltar.

- the section Other Voices consists of other works by artists who are particularly significant for the Little Constellation network: Doris Drescher, Barbara Geyer, Pierre Portelli, Irena Lagator, Lito Kattou and Leontios Toumpouris, Mark Mangion, who have worked specially for The Voices of the Sirens in relation to specific features of their countries: Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Montenegro. The day will end at The Alameda, Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, with a performative action by the San Marino artist Martina Conti, whose action will fuse visual arts with theatre and dance.

 - the third section of the exhibition,Voices from Further Away,will be inaugurated on June 24 at 6:30 PM at Listen to the Sirens / Space for Contemporary Arts – Montagu Bastion,with two works specially produced by the Republic of San Marino:

Distanza, by the Icelandic artist Ingibjörg Magnadóttir and the San Marinoactors Luigi Busignani, Giulia Ceccoli, Lucilla Di Meco,with casting byFabrizio Raggi,and external locations bySara Rossini.

Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara by the British director and filmmakerNina Danino,a native of Gibraltar. Assistant directorDaniela Barulliand sound recordings byDave Hunt.A sound installation, built up through a deeply moving dialogue with the director of the twelve Cloistered Nuns of the Monastery of Santa Chiara di Valdragone in the Republic of San Marino.

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Pierre Portelli, 2015

Pierre Portelli, 2015

Miki Tallone, 2014

Miki Tallone, 2014

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Doris Drescher, 2015

Canarezza & Coro, 2015

Canarezza & Coro, 2015