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The 193 Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of its new space in Venice with the exhibition cycle Colore e Materia, which will be held from April 20 to October 22, alongside the Biennale Arte 2022 at Dorsoduro 556 , a magnificent building dating from the 17th century next to the Academy of Fine Arts and a short walk from the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, Fondazione Vedova and Punta della Dogana.

Colore e Materia (Color and Matter) is the concept that brings together 3 exhibitions every two months presenting 8 international artists who best represent the mission of 193 Gallery.  At a time when fears and divisions threaten the sense of unity, our artists express identity and beauty through textiles and vibrant colors, different materials, taking us on an intercultural journey that brings us all together.

More than just a visual phenomenon, Colore e Materia brings emotional and cultural dimensions that enhance communication between people and represent strong symbolisms with which artists can powerfully express themselves.


April 22 - June 22

The first exhibition of the cycle Colore e Materia is the exhibition ...OR WAS IT A DREAM? A duo exhibition that will bring together the work of multimedia artist Alia Ali (Yemen/Bosnia/USA) and sculptor Aldo Chaparro (Mexico).

This first exhibition echoes the theme of this 59th edition of the Venice Biennale entitled Il latte dei Sogni / The Milk of Dreams . Taken from a book by surrealist artist and novelist Leonora Carrington, this title refers to the magical world in which life is revisited through the prism of the imagination.

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Alia Ali works on subjects such as migration, social exclusion and the history of colonialism. Her photographs are mounted on aluminum Dibond and framed upholstered in unique fabrics from around the world. She challenges culturally sanctioned oppression and confronts the dualistic barriers of conflicting notions of gender, politics, media and citizenship.

Aldo Chaparro works with a long-term methodology: establish a tension with the materials to finally transform them. It will present spontaneous sculptures created with different materials such as iron and wood.

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