Yoan Capote

This review of Yoan Capote’s show at Galleria Continua, San Gimignano appeared in Italian translation in Flash Art Italia: 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. Except for Isla (mare nostrum) (all works 2019), whose four panels depict a stormy sea … Continue reading Yoan Capote

Artmonte Carlo

As we approached the centre of Monaco, the driver who picked me up at the airport pointed out one of the largest yachts in the world, dwarfing all its companions lining the main harbour. We had plenty of time to admire it since the yearly roadworks ahead of the Grand Prix de Monaco – the legendary Formula One motor race that takes over the city-state each May – meant that it took us a good 40 minutes to drive across what is apparently the second smallest country in the world after the Vatican. Continue reading Artmonte Carlo

Into The Mountain

The ‘tale of my traffic with a mountain’ is how Nan Shepherd describes her slender volume in the foreword to The Living Mountain, 1977. Curiously for a book that repeatedly asserts the essential unity of its subject – the Cairngorms in Shepherd’s native Aberdeenshire – The Living Mountain reads like an anatomy of a mountain with short, overlapping chapters addressing in turn its geological features, the elements, all the living things and creatures, including man, who form part of it and shape it. Continue reading Into The Mountain

Liina Siib: Politics of Paradise

Born and raised in Tallinn, Estonian artist Liina Siib belongs to what anthropologist Alexei Yurchak, in his seminal 2005 book Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, calls “the last Soviet generation”: people who came of age during the “late socialism” period, the three decades that preceded the Perestroika. Siib graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1989, when the Soviet system was in its final throes. Continue reading Liina Siib: Politics of Paradise