In 2019, the Botín Centre celebrates the 25th anniversary of Itineraries, the annual exhibition that displays the work of the artists awarded the Botín Foundation’s Visual Arts Grant each year, which has been running since 1993.
Milena Sgambato lives and works in Milan.
Graduated from Brera Academy of Fine Arts of Milan in 2008.
2011-2017 her works was exhibited in many art fair and galleries of contemporary art: E23 Gallery (Naples), Art’s events (Torrecuso-Benevento), Costantini art gallery (Milan), Ufofabrik (Moena-Trento), Circoloquadro (Milan), Spazio Oberdan (Milan).
In 2015 she was among the winners in the LICC (London International Creative Competition).
In 2013 her works was exhibited in the Arcos Museum of Contemporary Art of Benevento.
In 2011 she was one of the artists of the 54th Venice Biennial for the Italian Pavilion.
It was 1992 when the first text message was sent by a 22 year old test engineer for Sema Group in the UK via the Vodafon network. The text message read “Merry Christmas.” Since then, in the recklessness of society, the way we communicate would face a destiny that the language purists would have categorically convicted. What we are witnessing then, is a radical change, an evolutionary step. However the third millennium, with its incessant technological development, is characterized by one of the most exceptional and epochal crisis of interpersonal relationships, facilitating the ambiguity and the fluidity of identity. This prevents a stable assumption of identity (being here) which, in turn, is reflected in the instability of relationships (being here with) which, finally, undermines deeply the generative and design possibilities of these relationships (being here for). We have therefore moved from the man without qualities of Musil to the man without bonds of Baumann with some sort of continuity.
An overlap that comes to define a new horizon between both identity and relationships.
Derrick de Kerkchove wrote: “Art arises from technology. It is the opposite force that balances the disruptive effects of new technologies in culture. Art is the metaphorical aspect of those same technologies that it uses and criticizes.” Milena Sgambato’s paintings and her artistic research are based on these assumptions. They allow the audience to interpret them and to enter into a reality, their reality. The relation between man and technology is nearly indissoluble and symbiotic in which the sensory explosion is favored by the new tools that become “technological extensions” of our body.
The era described by Milena Sgambato is that of interactive loneliness marked by a constant and obsessive need to be always available and stay connected. The individual who lives and acts in such a situation develops states of distress, anxiety and fears. The artist cleverly records these emotions in a coloristic way in which a not too distant past is constantly recalled by symbolic elements. Thus art seems to be the only function that is not hampered by speed of change. Its progress in conjunction with technology fulfills the creative, communicative and innovative abilities, needs and aspirations of individuals.
– Luca Palermo text written for the “On-Off” Solo Show