The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery is pleased to announce Regali: Sicilian Stories, the third show of the 2018-2019 season, juried by Sam Toabe, Gallery Director of the University Hall Gallery at UMass Boston. Regali: Sicilian Stories (March 13, 2019 – May 2, 2019) is curated by Nita Sturiale and co-curated by Renée Ricciardi.
Regali: Sicilian Stories features the work of a collaborative group of eleven international artists: Gabriele Abbruzzese, Audrey Cerchiara, Annamaria Craparotta, Jennifer Hope Davy, Nicole Dube, Luke Mannarino, Carmelo Nicotra, Salvatore Piccone, Renée Ricciardi, Matteo Triolo, and Lisa Wade. The artists worked together in the Sicilian town of Favara, Italy, to investigate local notions of gift culture. The word regali is Italian for gifts.
“The artists in Regali: Sicilian Stories participated in a summer residency in Favara, Italy, where they met and interviewed inhabitants who shared their stories about gifts they have given, received, or desire,” explains Sturiale, a Boston artist and professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
“These inquiries sparked a collaborative artistic process that revealed the poetics and value of each individual’s unique experience,” adds Sturiale who founded the Regali Artist in Residency in 2014.
“This humanist project looks closely at the culture of a locality, Favara, Sicily, investigating what it is that is both unique and universal to the community’s practices of gift giving,” says Toabe, the juror for FPAC’s 2018-19 season. “The parameters of organizing a group of multidisciplinary artists to react to this investigation results in a broad set of interpretations, both in subject and object.”
FPAC invites the public to join us for an evening of art and Italian culture at the opening reception on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 pm.
As part of the exhibit, Sturiale and Ricciardi will engage the community with a postcard project throughout the exhibit, encouraging people to share the stories of important gifts they have given or received. Visitors will write these stories on Regali postcards addressed to loved ones. Also, at the opening reception, viewers will be provided with paper and pencils so they can leave drawings and messages to be installed in the exhibition.