Nuovo atelier – Studio 4

Ed è passato già quasi un mese da quando ho trasferito baracca, carta, colori e pennelli allo Studio 4, nel cuore di Friedrichshain.
Ho trascorso 5 anni a dipingere nel mio appartamento, in uno spazio ritagliato sotto la finestra della camera da letto, ed è andata benissimo. Sono affezionata a quel davanzale che ho riempito di piante e sporcato di gocce di colore, e devo confessare che mi piaceva lavorare in pigiama, soprattutto lungo gli scuri inverni berlinesi. Ma quest’anno ho sentito fosse giunto il momento di uscire dalla mia confort zone pigiamosa e rischiare un po’ di più, investendo su me stessa e sul mio lavoro.
Così eccomi qui, nello studio in Samariterstraße 4, condiviso con altri artisti e designer fantastici e non potrei essere più convinta che sia stata la decisione giusta.
Quindi se vi trovate a Berlino, passate a trovarmi, la mia scrivania è giusto accanto la finestra.

Studio 4 – Samariterstraße 4, 10247 Berlin

 

2019

Il 2019 è stato una fatica.

E sì, mi sono pure stancata di scrivere in inglese, tanto ormai con le tecnologie di oggi, se davvero vuoi sapere quello che sto scrivendo, hai tutti i mezzi per farlo, anche se parli cinese. E poi tanto scrivo più per me che per far sapere a te i miei cazzi. Lo faccio così, che non mi dimentico quel che ho imparato fin qui, e mi faccio pure un po’ di forza pensando che, se pur lentamente, a piccoli passi, procedo e vado avanti.

E dunque, 2019, che fatica!

Ho sgobbato un sacco, davvero, rimboccata le maniche e olio di gomito, dalla Sicilia, a Berlino fino in Giappone. Mi sono sempre detta che per arrivare a farcela come artista, per arrivare a sostenerti con l’arte, ci fosse un solo modo: lavorare, lavorare e lavorare sodo, senza fermarsi. Non sono una stacanovista anzi, sostengo che il riposo e il diletto siano essenziali per un sano equilibrio mentale necessario, a mio parere, alla creazione. Inoltre se lavoriamo tutto il tempo senza vivere, da dove dovremmo mai prendere lo spunto creativo per fare arte? Dunque impegno continuo, e poi il riposo ed il diletto.

Detto ciò, questo 2019 è stato davvero impegnativo, forse l’anno più operoso ad oggi. E si sono stanca, ma sono anche grata e felice, perché alla fine ogni sforzo è stato ripagato. E non credere, non è che sia stato facile. I momenti in cui ho pensato di rinunciare, o quelli in cui ho pensato che non ne valesse la pena, che fosse tutta fatica sprecata, ce ne sono stati molti, e continueranno ad essercene. Eppure sono contenta di non essermi fermata.

E lo scrivo adesso qui per ricordarmelo, che va bene così, procedere con calma, senza alcuna fretta, l’importante è non fermarsi.

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Discuvry in Kanaiwa – 2019 Art Residency, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
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Kanaiwa Diary, 2019 Art Residency, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
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Kanaiwa Diary, 2019 Art Residency, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
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Kikkake, Okinawa concert, 2019 – picture by Yuta Nakama
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Kikkake, Okinawa concert, 2019 – picture by Yuta Nakama

Diva – Exhibition at AnkoKai, Berlin

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I’m happy to announce my next exhibition, in the frame of the fantastic and sparkling AnkoKai event!

On this occasion I will show a series of portraits of the AnkoKai’s beauties and performers, queer, colors and lipstick!

The portraits are inspired by Alberto Granzotto photos.

 

When: 6th April 2019, 20-01h

Event: Anko-Kai vol. 106 いろいろやりまっせSP🌸

♥♥♥ Party for hairy Geishas and Yakuzas with boobs ♥♥♥

Where: Club der polnischen Versager, Ackerstraße 169, 10115 Berlin

Facebook: AnkoKai

 

Mama: Mitani Nobuhiro a.k.a. Nobué

Dj: Parisienne Sasazuka

Dance Performance: Rieko Okada

 

I will be happy to meet you there and drink a glass (or two, three, four…) together!

Cheers and glitters,

Chiara.

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Coffee Spoon – exhibition in Berlin

I am so happy to announce my first solo exhibition in Berlin!

The show is gonna happen in the sweet venue of Chouquette Cafè, in Friedrichshain, and I’m gonna exhibit a new illustrated story created specially for the event.

My work focuses on the narration of empathy into people’s stories through images, that’s why for this occasion I wanted to create a story that could be narrated on the walls of a Berlin café in a natural way, as if it had always been there, a story that surrounds people silently but intensely.

Coffee Spoon is a story suspended in the time of one coffee.
Has it already happened or is it happening right now?

If you are in Berlin come to say hi, drink wine and listen the beautiful music by End of Dimension!

Coffee Spoon

Illustrated Story by Chiara Ciccarello

Vernissage: 7 Dec 2018, 19-22h _ Live Music by End of Dimension from 20:30

Exhibition: 8-20 Dec 2018, 10-18h (monday closed)

Looking forward to meeting you there!

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Soft City – Exhibition at Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin

I’m pleased to announce our participation in the group exhibition SOFT CITY, at Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin.

For this show I collaborated with a great artist, my art sensei, and last but not least my husband, Yukihiro Taguchi. We have been all around the east neighborhood of Berlin, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, drawing and shooting a stop-motion animation video, watching the city through a glass window…got curious? Come to see our short movie and installation at the exhibition!

The VERNISSAGE on Friday the 7th.
Music Live: End of Dimension
Performance: Yuji Ueno
+ Japanese Tea Ceremony

WHEN: from 7th September 2018 till 25th January 2019

WHERE: Schloss Biesdorf, Alt Biesdorf 55, 12683 Berlino

More info at the Facebook event page here: SOFT CITY – STADT & KUNST // JAPAN & BERLIN

Works by:
Florian Baron/Jenny Fadranski,
David Bauer, Linda Havenstein
Masaru Iwai,
Titus Spree,
Yukihiro Taguchi/Chiara Ciccarello
Katsuhito Nakazato/Sugano Matsusaki
Yuji Ueno
Concept and Curatos: Titus Spree, Linda Havenstein, Karin Scheel

 

RHEIN GAWA Project Completed

My residency in Ginoza is finished and I’m back to Berlin.

It was such an intense experience and I learned so much, I had the chance to work on a huge theater project ad met great artist and people that I will never forget, I had 2 workshop with the children of the primary school in Ginoza and I’m so thankful because they teached me so much and remember me to keep watching the world with amazed eyes. I also had 2 exhibition, one in Ginoza and one in Naha.

It was lot of work, but I’m so glad I had this opportunity and I would do it again 100 times.

Thanks so much to all the people of Garaman Hall and Rheinbilder project, you all will have always a special place in my heart.

Okinawa see you soon again!

 Pictures by Titus Spree

Okinawa: Ginoza Art Residency

Hello there, I’ve been in Okinawa for almost two weeks now, working crazy to prepare the scenography for the show “Rheinbilder” that will be in Garaman Hall on the 21st and 22nd July.

It is the first time for me to draw something that will be screened with projector on an multi layer screen setup, and I’m learning something new every day. Drawing for screening is quite different from drawing for books, there are many things to consider, for example the contrast of the images that must be quite strong to work good with the lights on the stage.

Here you can see the flyer of the show. For more info and tickets follow the link of the Garaman Hall theater. So to all of you who will be in Okinawa on the 21st or 22nd July, come to see it! It will be a great show, in the romantic scenery of the Rhein river with live music, dancing, acting and my illustrations!

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Okinawa arrivo!!!

I have some big news!!!

On the 7th June I will go to Okinawa for about 2 months, that’s my first art residency and I am so happy that will be in the wonderful island in the south-south-south of Japan, as a Sicilian I kind of feel connected to Okinawa…SOUTH ISLANDS POWER!!!

I am honored to take part to a great theater project with my illustrations, and collaborate with great people there to create the scenography. I am so excited and looking forward to being there.

The show will be in the end of July in the Garaman Hall of Ginoza. I will post more details about it very soon.

And now let’s come back to work!

GANBARIMASU!!!

 

 

After Bologna, it’s time for working!

Two weeks have passed since Bologna Children’s Book fair.

It was a great experience and I will definitely do it again next year. I met beautiful people and I had the possibility to talk with many publishers and amazing illustrators, in particular I’m so grateful to Javier Zabala and Giovanni Manna for their advices and constructive feedback, I came back home full of energies and a clearer mind about my work, which are my strong points and what I still have to learn, of course a lot, well I think I will never stop to learn all my life, but I am ready and my motto is “NO HURRY”.

And a special thinking goes to my adventure mates, friends and great artists Daniela Spoto and Luca Di Battista, check these guys out, their work is stunning!

So now it is not the time for relaxing, I will roll up my sleeves and keep drawing.

Draw o Die!!!

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