Alessandra Stradella
Together Apart: #Shelter

19.08.20 09.09.20

Alessandra Stradella is an Italian artist, born and raised in Venice, living between Europe and the USA. She’s currently based in Philadelphia, where she works as Philosophy Professor. Her recent work as abstract painter is strongly influenced by her previous experience as actress in theatre and her present research in the field of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art.
She holds a physical relation to her painting process. She thinks of painting as movement, as building in order to destroy, as discovery of what is hidden, forgotten, unseen. Painting is a visceral escape in an outside-of-concepts space, and yet holds a reflection about time and becoming.

Presented with the challenge of moving towards a definition of shelter, I chose to leave painting aside and experiment with media I am not comfortable with. I wondered whether and how the out-of-comfort would have led me closer to a signifier for shelter. It all unfolded as a spontaneous process of de-construction of the idea of shelter in order to find shelter. De-construction and unfamiliarity inhabit both my painting and philosophical practice. Un-doing revealed abundance.

My first individual project was a simple exercise in free association so to let the hidden manifest. The second one, with a partner, explored trust and play and spontaneity_ as in bare feet communicating with each other. The last collective project was conceived as dissolution of shelter, a communion in the dissolution of language, for a non-language, so that silence and unintelligible sound could be heard. Painting came back, as erosion of what was before.

Alessandra Stradella
Venice, Italy
Lives in Philadelphia, USA

2008 | Ph.D. in Philosophy with a specialization in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
2000 | Diploma in Acting, Actor Studio, Venice, Italy
1991-93 | Diploma in Acting and Commedia dell’Arte, Venice, Italy

2020 | Artist, Reader, Writer, II, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2019 | Perennial Vision, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2019 | Stilled life, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2019 | Art et Al., Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2019 | Joya AiR, Velez Rubio, Spain

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Buenos Aires
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D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

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Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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