FIJI Arts Council (FAC) Board Chairman Igelese Ete today launched a joint international art exhibition where by 140 local artists will have their artwork transported to an Italian art gallery to be exhibited.
FAC in collaboration with the IMAGO MUNDI Foundation of Italy have embarked on this venture where Fijian artists showcase their artwork using a 10 x 12cm canvas with their biography profiled at the back.
Mr Ete said these artists are fortunate to have their work displayed in Italy which has an important place in the international art scene with several major art galleries.
“People in Fiji do not recognize the Arts and we do not have an exhibition space here locally to display our work, but the fact that we have to take these 140 canvas paintings to Italy just shows the enormous talent we have here in Fiji,” Mr Ete said.
“Not only will their work be exhibited, each artist along with their work will have their biography written and it will all be compiled into a book and will also be available online for art lovers to see.”
“So this is more less taking our 140 local artists’ business cards and exhibiting it in Italy and later on to the world of Art lovers for all to see,” Mr Ete said.
Imago Mundi is the collection of art works commissioned and collected by Italian Luciano Benetton on his travels around the world, involving, on a voluntary and non-profit basis, established and emerging artists from many different countries.
Mr Benetton is a former senator of the Italian Republic and a great traveler and lover of Art.
Today the group is present in 120 countries across the world with about 5000 stores.
Local artist Craig Marlow said he is proud to be a part of the IMANGO MUNDI project and have his work displayed in an art gallery in Italy.
He thanked the Fiji Arts Council for their initiative in seeing the project through since Art is not something that locals are really interested in.
“I am happy I am part of this project and at the same time honoured to have my work taken to Italy to be exhibited,” Mr Marlow said.
Story & Photo by Mela Tuilevuka.