183 – 185 Bermondsey St., London SE1 3UW

4th – 9th March 2024
PV 7th Mar 6-8pm
Artist Talks Mar 8th 6pm

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Italo Calvino’s birth, we are delighted to announce the joint Arte Borgo | ArtCan exhibition ‘Transparent as a Dragonfly’.  

The exhibition first took place in Arte Borgo Gallery Rome during Rome Art Week 2023 before travelling to Bermondsey Project Space in London.

Curators Anna Isopo & Martina Scavone of Arte Borgo, and Rita Carta Manias & Lesley Bunch of ArtCan, invited artists to choose a line, passage or chapter from Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, and propose work in response to it.  

The responses were diverse, exploring the power and limits of language, the relationship between language and things, memory, perception and place.

The title for the exhibition is taken from a passage in Calvino’s Invisible Cities

“Perhaps everything lies in knowing what words to speak, what actions to perform, and in what order and rhythm; or else someone’s gaze, answer, gesture is enough; it is enough for someone to do something for the sheer pleasure of doing it, and for his pleasure to become the pleasure of others: at that moment, all spaces change, all heights, distances; the city is transfigured, becomes crystalline, transparent as a dragonfly.” Calvino, Invisible Cities, (1972).