FIVE OF FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY’S CHARACTERS ARE MADE VISIBLE IN THE EXHIBITION “VOICES IN SILENCE” (ROME, April 2017)
- The influence of Dostoyevsky’s thought on this collection of paintings stems from reading Dostoyevsky’s works, who Stefan Zweig describes as someone who has “the best knowledge of the human soul of all time”. As such, the writer has inspired me to know his characters, which he has brought to life in a masterly way in prose.
- For me, this has resulted in an irresistible invitation to bring them to life in my own language, which is visual, specifically following my personal style of abstract portraiture. The experience has led me to try to manifest that which is beyond any material form. To interpret and let the voice of silence be heard.
- The five paintings and a video which make up the exhibition are the results of reading the Russian writer Dostoyevsky’s last work “The Brothers Karamazov”. The paintings are abstract portraits depicting five of the characters of the novel, and the video mixes images of them with other images of nature, to illustrate the portraits metaphorically. The video in this way creates a poem combining light, space and sound.
- This exhibition has been produced in the context of the International Conference DOSTOYEVSKYJ: ABITARE IL MISTERO (Dostoevsky: Dwelling in Mystery) organised by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, in Rome. The Conference aimed to invite to a profound reflection on the relationship between the great Russian writer and modern man’s sense of emptiness: Could dwelling within the Christian anti-moralism of Dostoyevsky’s narratives help overthrow the nihilistic anti-moralism of the post-modern era and render the world of the 21st century more livable?
itled VOICES IN THE SILENCE, the exhibition has been a personal invitation to listen to the voice of silence through the five voices of: Dmitri, Ivan and Alexei Fiodorovich Karamazov, Iliusha and Miguel -the portrayed characters-. Invitation through the pictorial work experience, which is movement in quietude. And through dynamic imagery, which recreates the pictorial image and fuses it with photographic imagery, understood as a visual metaphor. Viewed from a larger perspective, it has been an attempt to show art as a way of knowledge. From approaching the mystery, which, by finding the spiritual senses awake, becomes habitable.
Anna Di CorciaGiornalista / KAIRE
Il titolo della esposizione Voces en el silencio suggerisce l'idea di un silenzio abitato e abitabile da voci sotterranee che è possibile ascoltare quando si dà loro lo spazio di venire fuori dall'intimo del cuore umano in comunione con il silenzio immenso della natura.
Redazione/ Faro Di Roma
Come ci suggerisce la stessa artista: "ci sono domande in silenzio che si aprono alla attesa della voce, che nel suo spaziosi rifugi, calmando un battito che è forma di vita. Suona il silenzio. È una soave presenza. Della voce non udita ma vissuta. La Aymerich ha dato voce a cinque personaggi che diventano parabole esistenziali di ciascun essere umano per la drammaticità dei propri vissuti e per le scelte drastiche che sono chiamati a fare per diventare liberi.
Redazione/ Rome Reports
How Dostoevsky's books send a message of joy (2017-05-14) Crista Aymerich has transferred five of his characters to static images, hoping the depth and beauty of his words can be understood by the abstract world. "Dostoevsky has been able to give me his point of view which is one of going inside each personality. Inside. We could say it's an interior portrait, isn't it? So that is quite my way. I'm a painter, I'm an artist, but I am on a stage that I depict is the inside.” Just as the Bible has translated the message of God into words, so authors and artists also can express a verbal and visual language into a religious one.
Editorial/ La Folla
Il Convegno ospita anche la mostra Voces en el silencio dell'artista Cristina Aymerich, che per l'occasione ha realizzato cinque opere su altrettanti personaggi de I fratelli Karamazov di Dostoevskij.