Air Swimming – Anna Paola Cibin
13 June 2014 – 30 September 2014
Marco Polo Airport, Venice
“Air Swimming” is the site-specific installation created by Anna Paola Cibin for Venice Marco Polo Airport. Seventy “flying” fish that look out onto the Venetian lagoon. With their glittering liveries and contours that remind us of planes fuselage, suspended at 6 meters height, Anna Paola’s fish are made of precious fabrics from Rubelli, the world-renowned Venetian atelier.
Three fish stand out of the shoal as a distinctive sign of the installation: made in blown glass, with tails out of white silk velvet dyed by the artist herself with an ancient pigments technique, they have been crafted by Carlo Moretti glass master-maker. The art installation has been realized also thanks to the support of Duvetica, Venetian brand specialized in high quality down jackets with a strong fashion attitude.
After studying art with a specialization in weaving, Anna Paola Cibin breeds in Venice with the master glassblowers of the island of Murano. Since 1997 her interest is focused on the printing of velvet, a technique that becomes an intense experience which shapes her creative identity. Grown up amongAncora fabrics and Venetian art, Anna Paola has transformed ancient traditions into artwork. Her unique and original pieces reinvent the ancient printing and dying techniques for velvet crafting. Anna Paola enriches her tapestries by embellishing, printing and splashing them with gold and silver leaves and the introduction of details in Murano glass. Her works have been exhibited in Venice, Milan, Florence, Vienna, Eindhoven, Paris, London, New York and Singapore.