Colore e Materia

A cross-cultural journey with artworks by

Aldo Chaparro, Alia Li, Bara Sletchbook, Derrick Ofosu Boateng,

Hassan Hajjaj, Idris Habib, Sesse Elangwe, Thandiwe Muriu


Dorsoduro 556 (next to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice)

20.04 – 22.10 2022

Opening hours: 10.30 -19.00

The 193 Gallery is glad to announce its debut in Venice with the exhibition Colore e Materia, to be held from 20th April to 22nd October in parallel to the Biennale Arte 2022 at Dorsoduro 556, a magnificent venue dates from the 17th century next to the Academy of Fine Arts and a few steps from the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, the Fondazione Vedova and Punta della Dogana.

Colore e Materia (Colour and Material) is the umbrella concept gathering 3 exhibitions every two months presenting 8 international artists which best represents the 193 Gallery mission. In a time when fears and divisions overwhelm unity, our artists express identity and beauty through vivid textiles, colours, different materials, taking us to a cross-cultural journey that unites us all.

More than just a visual phenomenon, Colore e Materia brings emotional and cultural dimensions that enhance communication among people and represent strong symbolisms with which the artists can express themselves in a powerful way.

...OR WAS IT A DREAM ? ALIA ALI & ALDO CHAPARRO (April 22nd - June 22nd) curated by the 193 Gallery curator's team is the first exhibition. A duo show where we will present multi-media artist Alia Ali (Yemen/Bosnia/US) and sculptor Aldo Chaparro (México).

Alia Ali works on subjects like migration, social exclusion and histories of colonialism, and her photographs are mounted on aluminium Dibond and framed upholstered in unique fabrics from all over the world. She challenges culturally sanctioned oppression and confronts the dualistic barriers of conflicted notions of gender, politics, media and citizenship.

Aldo Chaparro works with a long-term methodology: to establish tension with the materials to ultimately transform them. He will show spontaneous sculptures created with different materials like iron and wood.

Opening dates:

For the first exhibition …OR WAS IT A DREAM? ALIA ALI & ALDO CHAPARRO there will be previews for collectors during the 19th 20th and 21st of April and the official openings (vernissage) will take place during two consecutive weekends, the 22nd & 23rd and the 29th & 30th of April starting at 5pm.