From 9 June to 24 July 2021, Martina Simeti presents Seeing Angels, the first solo show in Italy of the work of Curtis Talwst Santiago, Canadian artist (Edmonton, Alberta, 1979) with origins in Trinidad.
In the exhibition project designed for the Galleria Martina Simeti, Curtis Talwst Santiago proposes a new chapter of his ‘Infinity Series’. In this project, begun in 2008, the artist creates complex miniatures inside cases supposed to house jewellery and in which dioramas on various themes following on from one another are embedded. The settings and scenes in the past have narrated issues linked to the diaspora, to ‘black’ identity, to unrest and revolt, and it is here that the focus is most sharply on personal aspects, on a degree of intimacy and erotic fantasies. A storytelling approach emerges which draws on a tradition of Afro-Caribbean tales, as notices the writer Abdourahman Waberi in his text accompanying the exhibition.