Breathing Waves showcases textile sculptures and photographic work related to the beauty of our world’s oceans and the devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs by the renowned Italian artist Paola Idrontino.
"When I experienced diving for the first time I became enchanted with what I saw. There is so much beauty hiding beneath the waves and with this project, I wish to bring some of that beauty back out of the ocean. As an individual, I can take action to change the fate of our world’s oceans. As an artist, I feel responsible to present the story of our oceans in ways that engage a global audience and create awareness that leads to the necessary action." - Paola Idrontino
The project took two years to complete. It is entirely handmade using a variety of fabrics, most of which are recycled. At the vernissage on July 30th guests at BIKINI BERLIN will be handed 3D glasses to view the artworks as if underwater. Evanescent; a textile sculpture that portrays the coral bleaching caused by climate change takes center stage. Slightly bigger than life-size, the sculpture stands 200cm tall, 200cm wide, 400cm long. The artist finds inspiration from diving exploration where an abundance of vibrant colors and life is tucked away and easily unnoticed. together with American art curator Sara Lily Perez, a show like Berlin has never seen before with a collection of the artist's best works to date will be on Display at Bikini Berlin, Galerie SLP. This exhibition brings out the hidden beauty from within the oceans and showcases our marine life's wonders with a magnificent collection of coral sculptures.
The exhibition is on tour at BIKINI BERLIN since the end of July 2021.
Finissage is on Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
BIKINI BERLIN, Galerie SLP at 1st floor, Budapester Str. 38-50, 10787 Berlin, S-/U-Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten
Admission is free.