ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022 - ITSLIQUID Group
ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022
May 20 - June 03, 2022
Medina Art Gallery in Rome
Organized by ITSLIQUID Group
Curated by Luca Curci
Artworks on display by Masaki Hirokawa
Artworks on display - Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Five pieces of my artwork were featured at the ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, held from May 20 through June 3 in Rome, Italy by the ITSLIQUID Group. I am deeply grateful for this humbling experience.

ITSLIQUID Groupさん主催、イタリアのローマで 5月20日から 6月3日まで開催された ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022展に 5点の作品を出展いたしました。大変名誉な機会をいただき、心より感謝申し上げます。
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During ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022 - 2ND EDITION held at Medina Art Gallery, you can admire the artworks of Masaki Hirokawa, one of our selected artists.

"Art is a medium for communication without words. It overflows with emotions that cannot be expressed in words. ì I see it as nothing more than excess waste products. I have been creating art since my teens."
Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group | Medina Art Gallery
Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group | Medina Art Gallery
ITSLIQUID Group is delighted to share the great success of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, hosted in Rome, at Medina Art Gallery, from May 20 to June 03, 2022, with the participation of more than 30 artists from about 15 different countries.
Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group | Medina Art Gallery
Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group | Medina Art Gallery
Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group | Medina Art Gallery
The 2nd Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR represented a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between collectors, artists, photographers, designers, and art professionals, and provided artists and exhibitors with the unique opportunity to present their works to an international audience of art professionals who seek to acquire, publish and encourage the best contemporary art talents. It analyzed the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban settings in contemporary time, through two main sections: MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES.
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MIXING IDENTITIES analyzed the hidden parts of our identities and their infinite ways of expression, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the labyrinths of our consciousness. While FUTURE LANDSCAPES mainly focused on the concept of the borders and the structures between body, mind and soul, the human identity and the city, the space and the ground, and transforms surfaces into an open flow of pure ideas.
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Reflections about borders and abstract, infinite, and conceptual landscapes are some of the main concepts of Françoise Jetteur artworks, which contributed to reflection on the section FUTURE LANDSCAPES. Indeed, the combination of imagination and reality, of the digital and concrete world, is one of the hallmarks of this Belgian artist. She combined manual design with digital art: in “Jumelles”, “Je pars”, “Sans le tunnel”, and “Berthe et Dominique” the ancient technique of drawing had been immersed in the virtual world, to be manipulated and incorporated into other elements, such as photographies and images that created new scenery of the world. Likewise, Agnès Rancier Picard with her series “Zip” enriched the concept of how time and spaces can be redefined by Art. Since her pieces are made from discarded paper and real zippers, her aim was to make us aware of nature’s infinite resources with a view to our future, while the zippers opened to new possible scenarios by revealing the ‘untold’ of our real humanity.
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Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group | Medina Art Gallery
Talking about MIXING IDENTITIES, the Japanese Masaki Hirokawa showed works that played with reality and spirituality through photography. From one of its works titled “Avatar” we can understand how important is the concept of MIXING IDENTITIES in his art: indeed this work expressed the concept that every being is an incarnation of God, a separate Spirit, and all life is equal, also if the artist called the work as a mechanical being. Inspired by the life and the questions that surround us, Lionel Machris managed to create a moment, with his works, that interweaves fiction and realism and leaves plenty of room for imagination and own interpretation. The works presented during ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR are made using pure gold and it gave to the images a magical dimensionality; unique pieces that only unfold in reality when viewed in person.
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Image courtesy of ITSLIQUID Group | Medina Art Gallery
During the opening, we had the pleasure to host two meaningful performances: “Written in the dressing room” by Tomo Sone and “Hydra” by Sergio Patricio & Benjamin Podoba. The first work talked about the concept of “expectation”: nowadays navigation of our complex social world is facilitated by shared social expectations that influence our behaviour. In general, we try to fulfil the expectations because we desire to progress in our society individually and as a member of society. Eventually, her research about expectations expanded to pursuing how much the communication can be literal and how much can be just pure interpretation, and who is the observed and the observer. “Hydra” is a performative sculpture project of two artists: Benjamin Podoba and Sergio Patricio. They used Murano glass as the medium between them to merge their practices and reflections. The idea is conceived to exhibit two animal/gods/human interpretations of the myth of the Minotaur, human-animal without “conscience”.
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During the 2nd Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, we also presented selected video artworks that captivated the audience with their variety and the power of the video works’ images.
Archetypus / 元型 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Archetypus / 元型
Jul 2020 / 175 x 140 cm (Height x Width)

The work replicates a woman wearing a bird mask to convey the theme, "repetition and a return to archetypes," capturing the essence of humans living in society. Humans form orderly societies, as controlling chaos using law and order is a prerequisite for human civilization. The work depicts how the coexistence of chaos and order creates repetitions like those found in opposing mirrors. The mask represents a sociable personality and shows how human coexistence results in endless repetitions like those found in opposing mirrors.

この作品では「原型への回帰と反復」というテーマに沿って、鳥の仮面を被った女性を繰り返し複製しています。これは人間の持つ熾烈な願望を表現しています。狂気を支える論理がアート作品または人類の文明には必要不可欠であり、作家にとって論理は感覚を抑える手段に過ぎないため、両者の共存が合わせ鏡のような反復を生むことになります。そこには終焉がなく、ただ入れ子構造になった世界がループしているのみです。人類の歴史や文化、戦争、紛争、そして宇宙もこのようにして構築されて来たのではないでしょうか。
The World in the Birdcage / 啓示 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
The World in the Birdcage / 啓示
Aug 2020 / 60 x 84 cm (Height x Width)

The white dove in this work represents a revelation from a higher dimensional being. All people born on this earth came into this world with their own important roles to play. Fulfilling that role, or realizing that role, is probably the joy of living for many people. Even if we lose hope, the event has meaning, God's love, and there is always salvation and guidance for all people.

この作品に登場する白い鳩は高次元の存在からの啓示を表している。この地球に生まれた全ての人々は、それぞれに大事な役割を担ってこの世に誕生しました。その役割を果たすこと、或いはその役割に気づくことは、おそらく多くの人々にとって生きる喜びであるはずです。例え希望を失ってもその出来事には意味があり、神の愛があり、全ての人々には必ず救いと導きがあります。
Avatar / 化身 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Avatar / 化身
Sep 2021 / 146 x 236 cm (Height x Width)

Before we are born into this world, all of our lives are determined by our soul's life path. Every being is an incarnation of God, a separate Spirit, and all life is equal. In truth, we are omniscient beings. But we have to live by the rules of this 3D world for the sake of our soul practice. If you are faced with a challenge, remember this, you are precious and irreplaceable.

私たちあらゆる生命は、この世に生を受ける前にその魂の歩む生涯を決めて来ました。全ての存在が神の化身であり、分け御霊であり、そして全ての命は平等です。本来は全知である存在ですが、私たちは魂の修練のためにこの三次元世界のルールに則って生きなければなりません。もしあなたが試練に直面したならこう思い出してください。あなたは神と等しく尊くかけがえのない存在です。
Bodhisattvas of the Earth / 地湧の手 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Bodhisattvas of the Earth / 地湧の手
Mar 2020 / 97 x 138 cm (Height x Width)


When the world entered the Corona disaster, all sorts of sad thoughts poured in from all over the city. Ladles disappeared from shrines and supermarket shelves were emptied. The world was about to be reborn. I kept thinking about what role art could play in such a world, and I mindlessly projected the thoughts I received from the swell of the world into my work, as if filtering them. The last thing that remained was "prayer.

世界がコロナ禍に入った時、街中からあらゆる悲しい想念が流れ込んで来ました。神社からは柄杓がなくなり、スーパーの棚は空になりました。世界は新しく生まれ変わろうとしていました。アートがそのような世界で持つ役割は何か考え続け、大きな世界のうねりから受けた想念をろ過するように、無心で作品に投影し続けました。そして最後に残ったのは「祈り」でした。
Uriel / 静謐な世界 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Uriel / 静謐な世界
May 2020 / 106 x 73 cm (Height x Width)

This work was created as a prayer for a world of tranquility to come to people. The world is about to be reborn, changing its shape drastically, and in this violent swell, various cultures, commerce, distribution, and many irreplaceable lives have been lost. What we can feel from this work is sorrow, prayer, compassion, and hope.

この作品は静謐な世界が人々の元に訪れるよう祈念して制作されました。世界は大きく形を変えながら生まれ変わろうとし、その激しいうねりの中で様々な文化、商業、流通、そしてかけがえのない数多の命が失われました。この作品から感じ取れるのは、哀しみと祈り、慈しみの心、そして希望です。
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SELECTED ARTISTS

Luz Bañón . Spain | Nathalie Bergeron Duval . France | Angelina Berzhaner . Switzerland | Marina Comerio . Italy | Yishi Deng . USA | Cristian Diez Sanchez . Spain | Joel Douek . UK/USA | Barbara Gundlach . Germany/USA | Masaki Hirokawa . Japan | David Jacobson . UK | Françoise Jetteur . Belgium | Dojoong Jo . South Korea | Yanna Kali . Greece | A Young Lee . South Korea | Lionel Machris . Germany | Lilit Nshani Margaryan . Armenia | Riitta Nelimarkka . Finland | Jiaqi Pan . China | Sergio Patricio & Benjamin Podoba . Austria/Chile & Italy/Slovakia | Agnès Rancier Picard . France | Elena Prosdocimo . Italy | Maria Claudia Rivadeneira . Colombia | Kate Rossini . UK | Christina Sirmons . USA | Tomo Sone . Japan | Angela Thouless . Scotland | Juan Pablo Vivanco Viniegra . Mexico | Maria Angélica Viso . Venezuela | Fabiana Vizzani Reis . Portugal | Jiawei Wu . USA
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organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Veronica Piras
graphic designer Marina Caracciolo

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Medina Art Gallery
Via Angelo Poliziano 32-34, Roma, Italy
May 21 - June 03, 2022
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM and 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM | Monday - Sunday
ITSLIQUID is a web-based information platform, founded in 2001 by Luca Curci, dedicated to the worldwide distribution of information about calls for entries, exhibitions and events at some of the world’s leading art galleries, museums and foundations selected. ITSLIQUID has already built a readership of more than 250.000 qualified subscribers. Among them, architects, designers, artists, collectors, art critics, curators, dealers, and other personalities of the International art, architecture and design world. It provides advertising services, press office services for events and projects, articles and specials published on the website, and media partnerships services.

During the last 20 years, ITSLIQUID Group has become a cultural hub between creatives, exhibition spaces and art lovers. Among our international partners, Art Now Fair, Art Vancouver, Design Tokyo, INDEX Qatar, INDEX Saudi, The Big 5 Construct Dubai, The Big 5 Construct Qatar, Photo LA Los Angeles and international magazines like Art Style. ITSLIQUID Group supports some of the most important no-profit organizations, like UNFCCC – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, SSCS – Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, One Tree Planted, The Ocean CleanUp and Plastic Oceans, with the goal to increase public awareness about environmental issues. Click here to find out more.

ITSLIQUID Group includes a section dedicated to the organization of international art events, managing exhibitions of painting, photography, video art, installation and performance; it organizes solo and collective shows, art residencies and international contests. Its object is to use new technologies to globalize the language of art, and to connect artists working in every part of the world.

ITSLIQUID Group manages a variety of art spaces all over the world; among them THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space in the heart of San Marco Square in Venice and different historical buildings, THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London city center and other different partners worldwide. Since its beginning, the group has organized more than 250 events all around the world, involving more than 5.000 artists, in more than 60 international venues in Italy, the USA, Canada, the UK, Spain, France, etc. Most of the last events have been realized in museums (CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona in Spain, NCCA – National Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, etc.), galleries and private foundations.

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Medina Art Gallery is a Contemporary Art Space in the city center of Rome. The Gallery hosts solo and collective shows with a rich variety of contemporary painters, photographers, designers, architects, sculptors, performers and video makers.

Medina Art Gallery is located in a prestigious historical building, a few minutes by walk from Colosseum and Roman Forum. The exhibition space is on the ground floor, with four main rooms and three bright shop windows on the street. Easily accessible, the space is fully equipped for hosting exhibitions and events.

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