Italian and british artists meet Milan - THE WORKBENCH

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

Installation view, Italian and british artists meet Milan, The Workbench

The group exhibition, inaugurated to coincide with Milan Expo, explores the idea that a British artist (not necessarily British by birth but the artist must be living in Britain) and an Italian artist have of Italy. Perhaps Italy is the only country in the world to be so hated and yet, at the same time, so loved by its ownpopulation. The purpose of this exhibition is to investigate whether there are still featureswhich distinguish us   abroad and to identifywhat exactly it is that Italy and Italians invokein the global imagination.

Artistsmay concentrate onfeatures of the city of Milan that particularly strike them   or widen the scope of their research to embrace our world-famous artistic and artisanal tradition. 
A further aimof this exhibition is to have British and Italian artists interact in order to understand whetherglobalisation is able to homogenise the customs and traditions of a country,  thereby erasingunique habits, rituals and lifestyles. 
The concept’s dual message is tackledby artists who, as well as living in different countries, have dissimilar ages and working backgrounds.  The exhibition space, housed in a former 1950s jewellery factory in Milan, which still contains someitemsofperiod furnitureand machinery, stimulates the artists to communicatewith the setting, inevitably leading them tomeasure themselves againstthe legendary world of Italian craftsmanship.

Exhibiting artists: Pennacchio Argentato, Enrico Boccioletti, Stefano Calligaro, James Clarkson, Ditte Gantriis, Nicholas Hatfull, Jacopo Miliani, Gianandrea Poletta, Gianni Politi and Dallas Seitz.

Curated by Pietro di Lecce.
Photography courtesy of The Workbench and the artists.

Italian and British artists meet Milan
The Workbench International, August 3 - October 15
www.theworkbench.it