Villa Clea, Milan, Italy

23.04 to 27.04.20234

“I don't think I'm among the few who have their phone memory filled with images of book pages, sheets, things read, but above all things I keep to read. In the act of recording, I allow myself the sensation of infinite time in which I will give the right prolonged attention to the meaning of those words. Once collected, the texts become digital images that make up the constellation of our lived or desired experiences, a symbol of the fleetingness of contemporary culture, which in the brevity of meaningful encounters finds a fragile hope in the digital archive. Xiao Zhiyu's paintings return to me a depth of encounter. That feeling of being able to appropriate the space and time necessary for true attention. By reproducing those fragments one by one, he makes them his own and therefore mine, and grants me the calm of a real meeting experience.”
- Allina

The exhibition was part of the residency at Villa Clea.

untitled, 2021, oil on linen, 130 x 100 cm

506 g, 2023, oil on linen, cast-iron powder, 23 x 15 cm

Estraven The Traitor I-VI, 2023, oil on cotton, 40 x 30 cm x 6

*Exhibition Photo: Evelin Mazzaro