Leviathan: the Peljassaare Chapter

Paljassaare means “naked island.” The peninsula visible across the water from Kai was called that because there used to be no trees on it (and not on account of its nudist beach). It is now densely wooded in places, and home to numerous bird species that inspired the exhibition’s soundscape Continue reading Leviathan: the Peljassaare Chapter

Corita Kent

Spread over three gallery spaces, each painted a different primary color in keeping with Kent’s own bold chromatic range, “Joyful Revolutionary” focuses on her silkscreen production during the 1960s, charting the increasingly political turn of the artist’s work. Continue reading Corita Kent

Malta round-up

As the plane neared its destination — the Maltese islands, just south of Sicily — I noticed tankers dotted around what looked like an unusually shallow stretch of seawater. Later I found out we were cruising above a vast offshore anchoring area known as Hurd’s Bank, apparently the largest in Europe, which lends its name to a captivating film by Tobias Zielony. Continue reading Malta round-up

Yoan Capote

At the start of his 1943 poem “La isla en peso” [“The Weight of the Island”], Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera evokes the curse of being surrounded on all sides by water, likening it to a cancer. The same sense of entrapment is palpable in Yoan Capote’s Isla series, six of which are displayed around the front gallery room looking out onto the central Piazza della Cisterna. Continue reading Yoan Capote