Soul to Soul by Gigi Mariani and Jeemin Jamie Chung

Exhibition  /  18 Nov 2023  -  26 Dec 2023
Published: 10.11.2023

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To capture the profound and essential nature of friendship is not an easy task. Friendships are unique, mutual and affectionate relationships that enrich our lives in various ways. Built on trust, understanding, and shared experiences, they can be a source of joy, emotional support, and elevation of the spirit, and they remind us of the beauty of human connections. Sometimes a friendship may arise instantaneously and instinctively. Skin to skin. Soul to soul. You meet someone, and there's an instant connection that feels like you've known them forever. It's a connection that transcends time, space, culture and education. To find this kind of friendship is a powerful and rare occurrence. 

Artist list

Jeemin Jamie Chung, Gigi Mariani
With "Soul to Soul", Italian artist Gigi Mariani and Korean artist Jeemin Jamie Chung lead us to celebrate this unique, precious and rare feeling of friendship.
Gigi Mariani was born in Modena in 1957. Fascinated by the world of goldsmithing, in 1983 he began an apprenticeship in the studio of a local goldsmith and two years later opened his own studio. During these years, he alternated traditional goldsmith work with painting, in which he found the formal freedom to express himself. Continuously searching for a way to bring together his jewellery and his informal painting, in 2009 he attended a workshop on the millennia-old niello technique, taught by Graziano Visintin and Maria Rosa Franzin. The discovery of niello marks a decisive turning point in his artistic production, and Mariani is finally able to combine his goldsmith passion with the materic power of his painting.

Jeemin Jamie Chung was born in 1983 in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated in 2010 Kookmin University College of Design, Seoul, in the section of Metalwork & Jewelry. Through her work as an artist, Chung seeks to trigger emotional changes and transform her values and beliefs into a form of artistic jewelry. The volume of an artwork is a crucial element in her practice, as it is a means of visually manifesting invisible forms. The artist tries to translate her emotional moments and experienced feelings into colors. Interestingly, Chung represents the rigidity of metal by using various colors to convey a sense of softness. The artist hopes that her works embody something that exists but cannot be touched, inspiring the audience with new experiences, perceptions and reflections.

The exhibition "Soul to Soul | Gigi Mariani & Jeemin Jamie Chung" is thus an extraordinary artistic and human conversation between two spirits, two artists, two people with completely different cultures, ages, and thoughts. In this emotional and cultural confrontation, the artists opened up, confronting each other without fear, analyzing the differences and similarities between their societies, working methods, educational systems, emotional reactions to events, life experiences, creating points of contact, red dots, that unite them, despite all the differences. The result of this incredible confrontation that lasted over a year is an exhibition that encapsulates in each work the very essence of our human feelings, showing how regardless of cultural differences, the most intimate and profound essence of our humanity is unique and universal.

Opening: November 18, from 17.00 to 20.00, in the presence of both artists.
Opening hours:
Weds - Sun. 10 am - 12 pm. 15.30 - 19.30 h.