Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Palazzetto Tito
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019
Dorsoduro 2826 Venice, Italy

51zero @ Venice 2019

Natura Prima?
11 May – 26 July 2019
Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Palazzetto Tito, Dorsoduro 2826 Venice, Italy 
Opening event  / 8 May 2019 / 18.00h – 20.00h
Preview / 8 – 11 May 2019 / 10.00h – 17.00h
Open / Monday – Friday / 10.00h – 17.00h

Giudecca Egg – ex Convento SS Cosma e Damiano, Giudecca, Venezia, 2019, donated and salvaged waste plastic from Giudecca and surrounding lagoon, 9.4m x 8.2m (Stephen Turner, temporary Installation,16 April 2019).
Image Copyright © 2019 51zero.

You and your guests are invited to the Private View of Natura Prima? a major international exhibition at Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa during the 58th Biennale di Venezia

Wednesday 8 May 2019
18:00h – 20:00h
Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa
Palazzetto Tito
Dorsoduro 2826 Venice

Exhibition continues until 26 July 2019

Natura Prima? international exhibition by Stephen Turner – AKA the Eggman –showcases 17 years of Turner’s work including the celebrated projects The Exbury Egg, Seafort, Materia Prima, Urban Fringe and Cella, and launches residencies with two contrasting waterside communities – in Giudecca, Venice with Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa and with Bow Arts at the new Lakeside Centre, Thamesmead. The project epitomises the themes that have run through Stephen’s work ever since he lived for a year in the Exbury Egg: what is our relationship with nature and what footprints do we leave behind?

For this exhibition, Stephen introduces a new work, the Giudecca Egg, a sculpture made from plastics donated by the Giudecca community and salvaged plastic waste from the Venice lagoon while in residence on Giudecca in April 2019. Continuing his focus on ‘ec ovo omnia’ (everything comes from the egg) Turner subverts the meaning – plastics become the egg from which nothing can come from.

Margherita Gramegna, artist of Veneto’s origins, has collaborated with Stephen in the production of Natura Prima? in Venice and for the exhibition is presenting L’Uovo della Giudecca, a new film she made during her residency in Venice with Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (BLM) recording the creation of the Giudecca Egg, featuring the contributions from Giudecca’s people and the BLM artists’ community.

The project gave a sense of collective identity to the people of the Giudecca by creating an artistic legacy for the place. L’Uovo della Giudecca will constitute a lasting document for Venice.

Natura Prima? The Eggman, Riverine Communities: Venice and Thamesmead is presented in association with Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; Bow Arts, London, England; 51zero, Kent, England and The Artists Agency, England and is financially supported by Bow Arts and public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Margherita Gramegna, 51zero, [email protected]

Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa

Natura Prima? Press Release

51zero focusses on international collaboration, artistic production and exhibition of moving image and related contemporary art practice. Working from within the region of Kent, as the project’s base, 51zero partner with cultural organisations in the UK and overseas to commission, curate and present contemporary moving image work.

51zero creates platforms for expanded moving image practice and opportunities for emerging talent, delivering two core strands, 51zero Festival and Voyager:

51zero/festival showcases biennially international visual artists and filmmakers whose film, video and digital art production is between contemporary art and cinema. Established practitioners are exhibited alongside new talent, in alternative venues, public settings and gallery spaces, and collaborate with the community to bridge the gap between the art and people, contributing to the cultural landscape of Kent.

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51zero have a successful track record of working with young people, engaging students and graduates in activities meaningful for their professional development.

51zero is embedded in the area; it takes its name from the geographical coordinates of Medway.