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Private preview: Modern-day heroism portrayed on canvas

Private preview: Modern-day heroism portrayed on canvas

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Editor: Faizal Dahlawia


Image: The Mine

With a view to carry the message of hope, one Italian artist shares his interpretation of the beauty in heroism as his exhibition opens in Dubai...

Art gallery The Mine presents Martyrdom, the first solo exhibition in the UAE by Giovanni Leonardo Bassan. Stemming from strong Italian heritage as well as mentorship of fashion enigma Michele Lamy, the artist drives us to question contemporary viewpoints and perceptions with his latest works.

Private preview: Modern-day heroism portrayed on canvas (фото 1)

With the support of Sanaz Askari, founder of The Mine gallery, the artist speaks through the exhibition about identity and responsibilities as human beings and explores what we were and what we have become. Gold, considered a noble colour, is juxtaposed in the works against harder and more robust materials, inviting the viewer to review priorities and reconsider fundamentals. "I want to believe that my messages have hope. I want to invite us to be like phoenixes, rising from the condemnation. I want realisation and liberation!"

Private preview: Modern-day heroism portrayed on canvas (фото 2)

Martrydom is exhibited until January 2016, at The Mine. 

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