At the beginning of my MA at Falmouth, I had minor experience in exhibiting my work and most of my past exhibitions were at a local level, in my hometown, mostly. I honestly did not know how to proceed, this is why I asked for advices to Professor McMurdo who suggested me to find a way to accompany my website’s “online gallery” with a physical exhibition that could embrace the diversity of my practice.
I started discussing with my peers about their plans and, since Maryann Morris was looking for someone to share a space with and that our works could be interconnected due to their complementing subject matters, I decided to exhibit with her.
We started searching for exhibiting opportunities close to our respective towns and in London, creating a contact list that we split in order to maximise the effectiveness of our self-promoting work. Among others, I wrote to the Fondamenta Gallery in Rome and to The Oxford House Gallery, Bosse & Baum and Bold Tendencies in London, but due to prohibitive costs, unavailable spaces or logistics problems, we found difficult to find a place that could meet both needs, this is why Maryann decided to provide the location herself at her studio. At the same time, I did not want to miss the possibility to exhibit into a classic Art Gallery and this is why, while honouring my commitment with my peer, I decided to look for further opportunities, too.
Since that moment, I had the chance to launch my project into the public domain in four different contexts of consumption, engaging a wide and diverse audience and organising my work in different ways and including different materials from my imagery: a possibility that a single location could not provide to me. It has been an investment in terms of money and time, but it has also been absolutely worthy.
“Art in Mind” at The Brick Lane Gallery Annexe
93-95 Sclater Street | London | E1 6HR | UK.
May 22 – June 3, 2018.
The Brick Lane Gallery, Poster for May-June 2018 edition of Art in Mind group exhibition. ©The Brick Lane Gallery, 2018.
Having place into a classic “white-walls” Gallery based nearby central London, this exhibition gave me the opportunity to present my work not only to general public, but also to professionals in the world of Contemporary Art and to be featured by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine. Since renting the whole space would have been too pricey, I contacted the Gallery and I successfully applied for “Art in Mind” group exhibition, having the chance to share the space with other artists from all over the world. In this circumstance, I only had the chance to present still images from my work: this is why I opted for isolated long-exposure photographs of screams selected from my “Sequences” or “Contact sheets”, since I sensed that it was the solution that could maximise the visual and emotional impact. Being a group-exhibition, the attention on my work was clearly diluted, but being the only photographer exhibiting and the minimal set up I opted for, in contrast with the surrounding ones, definitely helped in improving the final impression. The Gallery Manager kindly agreed to make me participate to, and supervise, the set up of my area and the collaboration with her assistants has been a great opportunity not only to have an active role in this phase, but also to understand how the work of a Gallery, prior to an art event, is usually managed.
Dayana Marconi, I can hear you now at Art in Mind, May 22nd 2018, documenting-images of the set up phase. Slideshow. ©Dayana Marconi, 2018.
Dayana Marconi, I can hear you now at Art in Mind, May 23rd 2018, documenting-images of the opening night. Slideshow. ©Dayana Marconi, 2018.
Like for the all the first three exhibitions I participated to, I invited Professors, Tutors, Lynn Chambers from MAYN Creative and, in this specific case, following the Professor McMurdo’s suggestion, also Christiane Monarchi, Founder and Editor of Photomonitor. Unfortunately, she could not participate to the show, but she kindly included the event into the “Listing” section of her Magazine and, during our brief exchange of e-mails, she also provided me with a supportive feedback on my practice and its dedicated website.
“I can hear you now” solo exhibition at FuoriLuogo Art and Culture Residence
Via Govone 15 | Asti | 14100 AT | Italy.
June 8-16, 2018.
FuoriLuogo Art and Culture Residence, Poster for 8-16 June 2018 “I can hear you now” photographic exhibition exhibition. ©FuoriLuogo Art and Culture Residence, 2018.
This has definitely been the most laborious but engaging experience among my four degree shows because while it gave me the opportunity to exhibit the project in my hometown, to present both my stills and video production and to have a whole two-floor building available to be set up accordingly to my need to create an itinerary that could be followed by the audience transforming an exhibition into a sort of “art-experience”, inspired by the work done by David Fathi in the creation of his “The last road of the immortal woman” installation at Les Rencontres d’Arles.
David Fathi, The last road of the immortal woman, Installation view – Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2017, Arles, France. ©David Fathi, 2017. Slideshow.
This degree show also gave me the chance to publicly speak about my Anxiety Disorder with my audience, something I had never discussed even with most of my friends before the event, afraid of being misjudged.
The exhibition started on June 8 at 9.30pm with the projection of the short documentary “[ɪˈmaː.ɡoː]” and, subsequently, viewers have been invited to follow the designed path and to have an active role in my project thanks to some activities designed to engage their participation. Even if a couple of people from the audience acted in a disturbing way, as explained into one of my previous articles, the overall response has been absolutely positive and the “Table of activities” I created has been particularly appreciated both by participants and organisers, who invited me to exhibit with them again.
Dayana Marconi, I can hear you now at FuoriLuogo Art and Culture Residence, documenting-images of the opening night. Slideshow. ©Dayana Marconi, 2018.
While most of the audience was observing my work at the first floor, I silently entered the room with one of my sitters and, in a corner, I started to portray her like I usually do for the creation of my “Sequences”. The room immediately became so silent that her scream resounded into the whole building. It is very unfortunate that my back-up camera stopped working while filming the performance not giving me the chance to share a video of the experience and viewers’ reaction but, luckily, my companion still had the possibility to take some photos of that moment.
“I AM HERE. HERE I AM” Art-event in collaboration with Maryann Morris
The Studio | Wishingwell Farm | Marks Tey | Essex | CO6 1EZ | UK.
July 7, 2018.
While, initially, the exhibition was conceived to be a joint exhibition of two photographers only, Maryann opened it to her companion and other two artists and I must admit I am definitely glad she did it because it has been a very interesting experience to collaborate with individuals with different artistic visions and backgrounds as an art-collective. Since Maryann needed a large-format poster introducing her practice in order to cover the window separating the two areas in which we were exhibiting, she printed two further ones to be used into my area and Will’s, giving viewers a visual sense of continuity while passing from an area to another. I placed mine at the beginning of the passage in which I hung my prints. The audience, in this way, had the chance to receive some information about my work before “facing” it. Subsequently, they could observe the same “isolated screams” exhibited at the Brick Lane Gallery and small photographic prints of my “Twelve episodes” placed on the opposite wall in a set up aiming to recall Elina Brotherus’ “Comma 27” exhibition at the Bloomberg Space. This created a sort of visual tour taking to the room in which my short documentary and videos were projected in loop and, then, to the room dedicated to Maryann’s work. The final result was definitely interesting, since our two project resulted perfectly interconnected but maintaining their individuality at the same time and, into the other section of the building, Will’s images were connected to Ed and Nathan’s music production and performances.
Dayana Marconi, I can hear you now at I AM HERE. HERE I AM, documenting-images of the event-night. Slideshow. ©Dayana Marconi, 2018.
On “I AM HERE. HERE I AM” website, designed by Maryann, there are some photographs and a video I shot during the event-night that can be seen at the following link, alongside some snapshots taken by Maryann: https://iamhereexhibit.wordpress.com/the-event/
Landings 2018 on http://www.landings.space/
August 17-24, 2018
Landings 2018, currently ongoing, is giving me the opportunity to focus on my short documentary “[ɪˈmaː.ɡoː]”, previously presented as element an of the exhibitions only, while maintaing a connection with Falmouth University at the same time. Being an online-based exhibition managed, as explained into the dedicated article, by Professor McLeod in collaboration with Falmouth Flexible and some of my peers, I had no role in its set up but to provide a web page and a brief introduction to this piece of work before users could watch it: this is why I opted to use the dedicated page on my website, having the chance to promote its contents at the same time.
Since I participated to Landings 2017 edition as well, I sensed this was the best way to close a circle, making my first exhibition at Falmouth University and the last one almost “colliding”, recreating also that idea of “loop” present into the documentary exhibited at this stage.
Bloomberg SPACE/Artmap, Comma 27:Elina Brotherus, September 2010 issue https://artmap.com/bloombergspace/exhibition/comma-27-elina-brotherus-2010
Brick Lane Gallery, Art in Mind 22nd May – 4th June 2018, article included into the “Past exhibitions” area of the Gallery’s website https://thebricklanegallery.com/art-mind-22nd-may-4th-june-2018
Fathi David, The Last Road of the Immortal Woman, 2017, art installation at Les Rencontres d’Arles, France. Information on David Fathi’s official website, dedicated area http://www.davidfathi.com/lastroad.php
Fuoriluogo Art and Culture Residence, I Can Hear You Now – Dayana Marconi, presentation included into Events’ calendar of the Residence, June 2018 issue http://www.fuoriluogoasti.com/eventi/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=193
Landings 2018, official website http://www.landings.space/
Marconi Dayana, I can hear you now, official website http://www.icanhearyounowproject.com/
Marconi Dayana/Morris Maryann, I am here. Here I am, official website of the art event https://iamhereexhibit.wordpress.com/