CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium and Jizaino present

Art of Freedom

Group exhibition

► Introductory texts
► Best Art of Freedom - Recognition presentation
► Exhibited artworks and photo gallery
► Excerpts of the video artworks
► Catalogue
► Directions

Art of Freedom
29 October - 18 November 2021
CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium
Corso Buenos Aires 42 11
Lavagna, Italy

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Mladen Bundalo • Vanessa Chyi • Adán De La Garza • DUNE • Paulo Fajardo • Yolanda García Morales • Shouichi Iwamoto • Jennifer S. Lange • Antje Lindner • Manuela Mordhorst • Yu Chin Tseng • Claire Walka

Introductory texts


In these very days, in many parts of the world, we are witnessing dramatic episodes, to the point that they outshine any interest that is irrelevant to the fight for the fundamental rights of each and every single individual or minority. This exhibition has been planned since months, but never as in this moment it is opportune to speak again about freedom, hoping that even art could reinforce the solidarity with all those people who feel persecuted, then free humankind from fear.

Today more than ever, freedom, either spiritual or material, is a fundamental right that needs a big collective effort to be preserved, so that it will be confirmed again as a supreme value, beyond prejudice and all the related social discords.

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Art of Freedom

We may ask ourselves what is the point of having thematic group exhibitions, where artists are called by a curator to deal with a specific subject.
The reasons are several. In first stance, this consolidated practice is the result of the analysis of our contemporaneity made by the curator, who tries to identify among the flows of the artistic expression those trends, similarities or aggregations that may have a weight in shaping the near future of culture. That is, as it happened in 18th century with the birth of big art movements and manifestos, the attempt to identify some common lines to comprehend the explosive fragmentation of styles and thoughts in contemporary art.
In second stance, the curator, which role is that of creating an art exhibition that could put into contact artists and public, is engaged also in understanding which are the expectations, the passions and the existential conditions of the latter, on a global or local level, keeping in mind a specific or ubiquitarian social target.
Further, the curators are not subjects who only take care of organising the realisation of an event, but they can also express through the above-mentioned activities bringing their own piece to the puzzle of a possible future.

For these reasons, all our group exhibitions are thematic.
Art of Freedom instead represents an exception, featuring artists selected depending on their most personal expression, not necessarily responding to a specific theme, not even that of freedom, or maybe yes, but always keeping in consideration their merits for an artistic or conceptual practice that is free from conventions.
After all, art IS freedom.

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Best Art of Freedom

Recognition presentation

At each edition of the Art of Freedom exhibition cycle, the "Best Art of Freedom" recognition is bestowed to one of the exhibiting artists.

The criterion to choose the winner is rigorously set by assigning a score, determined as answers to the following requisites:

 - unconditioned expression;
 - emancipation from technicality;
 - eclecticism and interdisciplinarity;
 - imagination, diversity and innovation;
 - existential coherence and personal life;
 - contents and meanings of the exhibited artwork.

All the selected artists in exhibition are already winners, since among a palette of hundreds possible candidates they resulted finalists, chosen for the high value of their artistic expression and of the admitted artworks, with particular relevance to freedom. Our compliments to everyone!

The 1st edition of Best Art of Freedom is being assigned to

Adán De La Garza

with the following comment:

«Adán De La Garza excels with an interdisciplinary artistic practice combined to a nonconformism that materialise in artworks with a highly social and human value, with which he invites people to the search for independence, to the emancipation from homogenisation and to the liberation of one’s own expressive strength. Uninterested to technical virtuosity, he outclasses the cliches favouring an art that is eclectic and focussed on the contents, also as a lifestyle.»

Adán De La Garza, Protest Etiquette, 2021
Audio-visual, 16:9, 00:01:07


Exhibited artworks and photo gallery

Excerpts of the video artworks

Video summary of all the time-based artworks


Click here to ask for the catalogue on paper.

Catalogue of Art of Freedom - Group exhibition, Italian | English, 62 pages A4 (21 × 29.7 cm)


The CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium exhibition room is located in the centre of Lavagna, in the midst of Riviera Ligure di Levante, northern Italy. The location is well serviced, a few steps from bus and railway stations, the touristic jetty, free 2h parking and near the highway exit. Access for impaired people and lift.

By foot, by train or bus: exiting the train station of Lavagna by the city side, go to the left going along the main street until the Poste Italiane post office, here turn right toward Via Cristoforo Colombo street, as soon as you arrive at the roundabout of Piazza Cordeviola square turn left in Corso Buenos Aires boulevard. The building n. 42 is at the start of the boulevard.
Bus stop "Lavagna - Cordeviola/Edicola" linee 4, 5, 31, 32, 34, 46 and 98.

By boat: on the maritime line fares Portofino / Lavagna / Cinque Terre disembark at the touristic harbour of Lavagna. Exiting the harbour, turn left in Via dei Devoto street and go beyond the railway by the underpass that takes you to the Poste Italiane post office, then follow the directions above.

By car: toll road A12 E80 Genova-Livorno, exit at Lavagna, go toward the town centre. At the roundabout of Piazza Cordeviola turn right in Corso Buenos Aires and stop at the start of the boulevard, number 42 .

By airplane: the nearest airport is the Cristoforo Colombo of Genoa, the shuttle bus VOLABUS will take you to the train station of Genova Brignole, from there you can reach Lavagna in 40-60 minutes.