Kunst im Zug – Berlin art action

Art action during lockdown: Guerrilla art exhibition on Berlin’s trains.

It has been already one year since the world situation drastically changed due to the pandemic.
In December 2020 the third and harder lockdown began in Germany, and it still going on, with a hope that the situation will get better with the coming of the beautiful season.

The art and culture scene in Berlin, as in the rest of the world, has been on hold for a year.
We are all waiting for the situation to evolve and get better.
I was placing a lot of effort on web networking because I thought it was the only way nowadays to keep creating networks. 
But that’s not true. I want my art to reach people in the real life.

Since galleries and museums are still closed, artists have to find other ways to reach people with art.
After brainstorming with my partner and artist, Yukihiro Taguchi, something popped up in our minds: it was time to stop waiting and start to act!
Why not using the public space?
Why not simply carrying art around the city?
And why not on the public trains and make train’s wagons our galleries? 
And that’s exactly what we did.
So the idea of Kunst im Zug was born.
The concept is very simple: guerrilla art exhibitions on trains.

On Sunday the 14th of February, the artists Yukihiro Taguchi, Marnie Feuerriegel, Linda Havenstein and I started the Kunst im Zug movement.
There are no rules against bringing your art with you on the train, and the feedback from the people we met during the action was extraordinarily positive. Even the two young police officers we have met in a station in Kreuzberg had a good and warm reaction.
So people, Kunst im Zug!

We repeat the action every Sunday in Berlin, and you can participate anytime just taking your art with you on the train, it doesn’t matter if we are not on the same wagon, or train, or city. 
Wherever you are, whatever art or design you are creating, join Kunst im Zug!

Visit Kunst im Zug Instagram to follow the movement and be updated on the next actions.
I hope to meet you on the train, rolling art together!



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

 

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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Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Almost Ready!!!

So here we are! I am going to Bologna this year to attend the Children’s Book Fair for my first time!!!

I’m so excited and a bit afraid, it is the most important event concerning children book so I wonder if I will be overwhelmed by it. I read so much information around the internet (thanks to all the illustrators who shared their experience) but I think I will never be prepared enough!

So there is not so much to do than jump into it!

This week I prepared all my promotion material: business cards, post cards, little tiny zines with my works, poster for the Illustrator’s Wall and of course dummy books and my portfolio. I struggled about the portfolio’s format, in the beginning I thought to print my work in A3 format, but in the end I choose a more practical A4, that can easily fit in my backpack.

Still I have one dilemma: bring the original drawings or not? Yesterday I was framing and carefully packing them in a 60×40 cm folder, it is big! I imagined me going around the fair carrying this huge folder while all the experienced illustrator walk light with small cute portfolios or even just a tablet, and I saw it, that big arrow over my head saying “The Beginner”. Still I can not decide…

Here a picture of the small format material and a cute vintage sigarettes holder that I use to keep cards, isn’t it adorable?

 

 

 

Illustrated Diary: drawing without thinking

It happens always.

I take a brush and I draw whatever in the first sheet of paper I find close to me and …. TADAAN! Waoh, it’s really a nice one!

Then I try to draw it again and better, and the result? It is always worst.

That’s why the second time I want to create the perfect drawing, I try an excessive control on my hand, so that I’m scared to wrong and fail. And the final effect is artificial, not natural, bad.

What I need is to make free my drawing of the fear of not being able to make the perfect piece, I have to learn to make beautiful mistakes.

So I start an illustrated diary, full of daily sketches, doodles and scratches to feel free to draw, experiment and find a new way to put in the paper all the mess I have in my mind, but with no care.

Drawing without too much thought. That’s it.