Narrative Space is the next installment in the series of exhibitions being held at Villa Alba, co-ordinated and curated by the Reverie Collective. The exhibition’s thematic focus is built around an investigation of the relationship between a house and its history and the way a particular space is conditioned by the narratives that unfold within it. We want to explore how a space can become almost human - marked by its own personality - when framed by these narratives.
We want participants to take Villa Alba as their muse, using the house as the starting point for their personal explorations into the intersection of memory, place and narrative. Artists are invited to approach the house as subject matter either literally or metaphorically.
The central protagonist in a story that chronicles the transition from deterioration and decay to gradual regeneration and re-discovery, Villa Alba prevails as an inexhaustible source of inspiration. In the last few years, as the conservationists have removed the over paint to reveal the stunning murals below, the house has slowly been unmasked. As its layers are being peeled back its original charm is being restored.
We want our participants to take on the house’s story and make it their own. We want them to construct their own narratives. To compliment the exhibition’s thematic agenda, we are specifically looking for work that takes the form of a book. Our definitions of the ‘book form’ are fairly flexible.
Submissions are now open and the deadline for expressions of interest is the 14th February. The submission guidelines and conditions are available through the link at the top of this page - we’ve made it so easy to find (you won’t have to continually scroll down this blog) so there is no excuse for missing the deadline!
We look forward to viewing your submissions! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Vestibule // The Lower Level Corridor
Welcome to the Reverie at Villa Alba blog. We are an association of artists and designers working with the Villa Alba Museum to organize a series of exhibitions that will bring artists in contact with the house and invite them to create work that responds to the space. Our forthcoming exhibition ‘Narrative Space’ is scheduled for May, 2012. We will be posting about the exhibition’s progress, the artists involved and some background about the house itself. Watch this space!