Breathing Waves Coral Sculptures Exhibition by Paola Idrontino July 30th to September 30th at BIKINI BERLIN, GALERIE SLP
1st floor - West Entrance - Budapester Str. 38-50, 10787 Berlin
This exhibition showcases textile sculptures and photographic work related to the beauty of our world’s oceans and the devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs by the renowned Italian artist Paola Idrontino. This project took two years to complete using mostly recycle materials, Paola’s work shows off her impressive handcraft technique and attention to detail with a rich array of colors and textures that will have your eyes fixated.
Paola Idrontino is an Italian costume designer, textile artist, and photographer currently living in Barcelona. She lived in London for more than ten years, and in 2004 she completed a BA (Hons), in graphic design at Central St Martins.
Papayapie was launched in 2005 with the intention of exploring new ways of highlighting and dramatising the natural silhouette of the body using accessories and costumes.
Paola's passion for storytelling is combined with complex textile arrangements to create costumes inspired by grotesque creatures, and the beauty within nature. Her photographs express the affection for tales and myths, with references to a feminine world that becomes a protective deity of underwater creatures.
Coral bleaching, has been a central theme in Paola’s recent work and at the heart lies the focus of creating awareness in what is happening to our world’s oceans, in particular to corals. Balancing the absurd with the deepest depths, the whimsical with the emotional her marine inspired anthropomorphic creatures, wish to bring into questions the relationship between humans and nature.
"When we see ourselves as part of nature, we understand that saving nature is really about saving ourselves.”