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Written by Livia Savorelli

“It is almost impossible to define Yuval Avital through a single medium of expression. Painter, composer, sculptor... The fluid transition between different languages is a known fact to inspire questions and reflections.”

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Written by Alessandra Quattordio

“His eloquence is extraordianary, matching the flow of his unique vision, and to commit to his words is to take a journey through human inner nature and his very personal perception of the world.”

Written by Lucia De Ioanna

“Shattering the crust of forms, breaking the false stability of boundaries that would like to separate the human from the beast, allowing the traces of a destiny of fragility that unites us with other living beings to emerge on the map of the body and the cartography of the face: Enacted by Yuval Avital, multimedia artist, composer and musician, creator of visual-sound installations and collective performances capable of shaking the stability of the traditional categories that separate the arts by posing questions that are never ephemeral or vague, Lessico animale stands as a vertiginous and risky exploration of the relationship between man and animality.”

Written by Giulia Bassi

“Reggio Emilia Yuval Avital's Il Bestiario della Terra, the Reggio Parma Festival's project of the year 2022, continues its journey with the opening of "Lessico animale. Prologo", on show until 18 September at the Ape Parma Museo. "Lessico Animale" is a complex exploration of the relationship between man and animality, an art rite in which the artist intends to unveil the authentic essence of the human being, taking him back to his instinctive and animalistic origins, overcoming the taboos and cultural superstructures that keep him away from them. An invitation to free oneself from the domination of tomorrow, to live fully in the present moment, to accept and even embrace one's own visceral vulnerability.”

Written by Erick Ceresini

“In its pathways, one finds oneself with dancers, contemporary music ensembles, masters of ancient cultures and traditions, individuals or communities recruited in participatory works, multi-projection videos, meditative and high-tech tactile environments, archive materials, collaborations with scientific institutes, sound sculptures, photographs, paintings and prints.”

Written by Stefania Provinciali

“A great master told me more than 20 years ago "the problem with being an artist is that we are so focused on the urgent things that we forget the important ones" but I think this applies to all of humanity.>> Thus began Yuval Avital, born in Jerusalem in 1977 and resident in Milan, an internationally renowned multimedia artist, composer, known for his sound and visual installations and collective performances. An emblematic sentence that already renders the artist's personality.”

Written by Samantha de Martin

“Two years ago, after the first lockdown," explains Avital, "each of us came out of our lair, feeling alienated from the others. In a hundred days, my whole future life was like erased. I felt extremely lost, but it was during that time that the caged animal came out, along with the will to live, to do something meaningful. The Reggio Parma Festival was an opportunity to reinvent myself through experimentation and research'. A research that, as the artist himself confesses, and as is evident in his speeches, "does not originate as a form of extreme gentrification, but as a dialogue that matures and makes its way within the human fabric and its history.”

Written by Carla Macrì

“The creative dominus of The Bestiary of the Earth, Yuval Avital, has in fact developed exhibitions accompanied by music and immersive moments that often break the physical boundary between the work and the spectator, to allow the latter to walk, sit, meditate or mirror himself within the work. Evidence of the transversal and multidisciplinary aspect of the project was delivered at the end of the press conference through the inauguration of Anatomie squisite, a participatory monographic exhibition in close dialogue with fossils, stuffed animals and objects belonging to the collection of the Civic Museums, in particular the collection of Lazzaro Spallanzani. It is also participatory because the veins and arteries that emerge from the rooms of the Museum have been created thanks to the scenic and tailoring skills of the Fondazione i Teatri di Reggio Emilia. It is a brightly coloured and contrasting exhibition characterised by the presence of hybrid creatures and materials, with a surrealist and disturbing appearance that make us reflect on the complex functionality of the human body and the organs that compose it. During the day, the sound installation Il Canto dello Zooforo was inaugurated at the Casa del Suono and Chiesa di Sant'Elisabetta in Parma. The title comes from the bas-reliefs of Benedetto Antelami's Zooforo, the source of inspiration for Avital's graphic score interpreted by the voices of the children of the Balducci municipal infant school in Reggio Emilia. It is a monumental material sculpture resembling a female belly that welcomes spectators inside it to experience an impromptu moment of profound reconnection with themselves. The work stems from a question posed by the artist: "in the womb are we already human?". Entering inside the installation implies an attempt to glimpse that union between man and animal through a journey towards a deep and forgotten self. The external part of the installation features another composition inspired by St. Francis' Canticle of the Creatures, performed by the Children's Voices Choir of the Parma Theatre.”

“With Il Bestiario della Terra (The Bestiary of the Earth), the artist tackles the sense of incompleteness felt by man, a feeling that is transformed into a propulsive drive to research and discover the innermost folds of the ego, in a hybridisation or contamination with the 'bestial' aspect inherent in each of us. Where does humanity end and bestiality begin? Where does the monster hide, and above all who is he? The artist seeks to answer these questions in a multifaceted experiential and multimedia process, consisting of dozens of new works including performances, video art, visual and photographic works, sculptures, scores, theatrical staging and installations.”

Written by Federica Porro

“Entering the Musei Civici in Reggio Emilia, these unions coexist within an unconventional vision: 'Anatomie squisite' is in fact the first monographic exhibition that opens the programme, demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature that distinguishes the artist. Taking inspiration from the Surrealists' exquisite corpses, Avital has created a series of grotesque and imaginary creatures: collaborating with different artistic and craft realities of the territory in the sign of relational art, the museum's showcases are enriched with drawings, paintings and installations that explore the mysterious areas where animal and human meet, losing themselves in a dream that extends to everyday life. Then the taxidermies from the Civic Museums' collection are also welcomed with astonishment and pleasure. By entering the artist's orbit, they offer a journey through cross-references, hybridisations and interdisciplinary creations. The meta-bodies of these fantastic animals are the fuse of ironic and light-hearted narratives that the spectator can carry on independently with a smile of an art that wisely manages to amuse.”

“Yuval Avital's Anatomie squisiste at the Civic Museums of Reggio Emilia is the exhibition that opens The Bestiary of the Earth of the Reggio Parma Festival: a universe of creatures and creations that take the public on an unprecedented journey through the spaces of the Museums to discover its exquisite anatomies. The exhibition marks a twofold starting point in Avital's investigation of the human-animal: on the one hand it asks "what is a body, an organ? How do we perceive a set of things as a body? What are the boundaries between scientific anatomy and the anatomy of art?"; on the other hand, in the logic that unites the exhibitions in the program, it represents the first stage, that of childhood - i.e. play, dream, amazement, the subconscious.”

Written by Giulia Bassi

“This is how the creator, the eclectic artist Yuval Avital, presents "The Bestiary of the Earth", a project of the Reggio Parma Festival that opens a path, from June to December, of exhibitions, special events, performances, and installations between Parma and Reggio Emilia. Avital asks: "So where does humanity end and bestiality begin? Where is the monster hiding, and above all who is he? The artist attempts to answer these questions in a multifaceted experiential and multimedia process, a true art rite, composed of dozens of new works including performances, videoart, visual and photographic works, sculptures, scores, theatrical staging and installations.”

“Bestiaries, typical medieval treatises collecting descriptions of real and fantastic animals, have always been an iconographic source for artists. Beyond the aesthetic role of friezes and tempera paintings, this type of work conveys complex metaphysical and psychological messages, addressing the themes of good and evil, chaos and order, human and animal identity, reality and dreams. With The Bestiary of the Earth, Avital immerses himself in an unconventional investigation into the sense of incompleteness felt by man, a feeling that is transformed into a propulsive drive to seek out and discover the innermost folds of the Ego, in a hybridization or contamination with the animal nested within each of us.”

“As the starting point of the macro-opera Bestiary of the Earth, project of the year of the Reggio Parma Festival, the artist Yuval Avital has created for the Casa del Suono in Parma The Song of the Zooforo, an unprecedented icono-sound installation. The composition is strongly inspired by the bas-reliefs of the Zooforo by Benedetto Antelami sculpted on the walls of the Baptistery of Parma, whose creatures, both real and imaginary, transposed by Avital into a graphic score, were made to be interpreted by the children of the Ernesto Balducci municipal infant school of Reggio Emilia, in a mimic action of voice. Their verses echo inside a monumental material sculpture that the public is invited to enter. Made from hundreds of metres of hand-dyed fabric, it symbolises a female womb understood as the manifestation of a principle from which every being, whether human or animal, comes.” Read more...

“The exhibition marks a twofold point of departure in Yuval Avital's investigation of the human-animal; on the one hand, it asks: "what is a body, an organ? How do we perceive a set of things as a body? What are the boundaries between scientific anatomy and the anatomy of art?"; on the other hand, in the logic that unites the exhibitions in the program, it represents the first stage, that of childhood - hence play, dream, wonder, the subconscious.”

“The exhibition marks a twofold point of departure in Avital's investigation of the human-animal; on the one hand, it asks: "what is a body, an organ? How do we perceive a set of things as a body? What are the boundaries between scientific anatomy and the anatomy of art?"; on the other hand, in the logic that unites the exhibitions in the program, it represents the first stage, that of childhood - hence play, dream, wonder, the subconscious.” Read more…

“Avital, with “Il Bestiario della Terra”, dives into an unconventional investigation about the sense of incompleteness felt by humans, a feeling which turns into a propulsive thrust to look for and discover the innermost fold of the Ego, in a hybridization or contamination with the animal nested in each of us. So where does humanity end and where does bestiality begin? Where is the monster hiding and, above all, who is it? The artist tries to answer to these questions through a multifaceted, experiential and multimedia process, a real artistic ritual composed by dozens of unpublished works, from performances, videoart, visual and photographic works to sculptures, scores, theatrical staging and installations.” Read more…

 

“This is how "Bestiary of the Earth" was born, that will be showcased in Parma and Reggio Emilia from June to December 2022, a powerful and evocative revisitation of the traditions that have strongly characterised the artistic, religious and scientific culture of this part of Emilia since the Middle Ages. The project, of great expressive capacity, is realised in close collaboration with the three theatre foundations that are members of the Reggio Parma Festival, Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, Fondazione Teatro Regio di Parma and Fondazione Teatro Due di Parma, with which the artist has shared the elaboration and definition of every single activity, in a virtuous interpenetration of talents and professions.” Read more…