06 October 2023
On the occasion of the exhibition 'Between Sky and Heart' at Galleria degli Uffizi, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos met with students from IED Firenze. She was invited to continue the Monograph series of conversations with international creative industry leaders.
By decontextualizing everyday objects and updating the connection between arts and crafts for the 21st century, Joana Vasconcelos establishes a dialogue between the privatesphere and public space, popular heritage, and high culture. With humor and irony, she challenges the condition of women, consumer society, and collective identity.
"I am fully aware that I would not be doing the work I do if I were not a woman and if I were not Portuguese. I was born in France (my parents were exiled in France during the dictatorship), but I grew up in Portugal, and I have always been captivated by the richness of Portuguese culture and the connection between arts and crafts so prevalent in my work. Tiles, creams, fabrics, embroideries, jewelry, gilded woodwork, the abundance of color, and the use of light are all manifestations of the savoir-faire of the country that has made me a true Baroque artist", says Joana Vasconcelos.
In dialogue with students from all courses at IED, the artist shared the creative process behind her monumental works, mentioning, among others, her interpretation of Lady Dior and the Wedding Cake installed in the English garden of the Rothschild family. Joana Vasconcelos thus emphasized the value of cross-contamination between Design, Fashion, and Art as the highest form of contemporary expression.
"Joana has shown us how the hybridization of different languages can transcend every cultural and social boundary. This is the response to the greatest ongoing transformations, including the challenge of Artificial Intelligence. This is the way to conceive something new, given that as human beings, we do not have the ability to create from nothing. This is the return to Humanism we were waiting for"; declares Danilo Venturi, IED Firenze Director.
We are excited to announce the launch of the IED Dream Team, a group of alumni who have become leading professionals in their field, passionate about creativity and community growth: dedicated to endorsing our community projects and creativity
Students and professors from IED attended the preview of the exhibition "Diego Marcon: Glassa," followed by an exclusive talk with the artist.
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IED is Educational Partner of the exhibition Anish Kapoor. Untrue Unreal, a major exhibition devised and produced with the celebrated artist who has revolutionised the notion of sculpture in contemporary art.
Daniele Cavalli is a multidisciplinary artist: music, food, art, photography and fashion are all part of his work.
Formafantasma is a research-based design studio investigating the ecological, historical, political and social forces shaping the discipline of design today.
The first IED Books appointment with Massimo Canevacci: an Italian academic, ethnographer and critical thinker, will present his latest book "Stupore Indigeno. Le culture native in Brasile tra rituali iniziatici e sfide digitali".
IED Firenze students and teachers had the opportunity to visit an exclusive preview of 'Eccentrica', the permanent collection of the Centro Pecci Pecci, where they met Formafantasma, the designers who have worked on setting up the exhibition.
IED decided to reward those students who commit up front with a special Early Bird discount.
An Open-Air exhibition with the drawings of the young Israeli artist Talia Zoref in 20 suburban areas of the city from April 24.
For the 10th anniversary of Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, Richmond Art Gallery presents Jaspal Birdi’s public artwork 11h02m at Lansdowne Station.
COSMOLOGIE, an exhibition-event of Contemporary Art, a project that combines languages, sets up dialogues, connects generations and artistic practices ideated by Christian Leo Comis, Alumnus of the Master's in Museum Experience Design.
“IED helped me to make the shift from fashion retail onto modern art."
In the framework of the activities organized by the Master in Curatorial practice, IED Firenze - Cecilia Alemani will hold a Masterclass to the IED Community
“Befriend other students, the professors, your landlord and everyone. IED has a very rich global network of professionals and corporate institutions, benefit from it”.