Chiara Bertin (1985), is an Italian-born visual artist focused on mixed-media and video.
From an early age she has been exposed to fine arts; painting with her grandfather, an artist from Venice. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Communication, a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Design, from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence and studied Contemporary Art in Venice. She is active in various spheres of visual culture through research-based graphic projects involving drawings media theory and print. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals throughout Europe and South-America.
“I have always felt both welcome and unwelcome”, digital print, 2015
“I have always felt both welcome and unwelcome” deals with the cultural tendency to fear outsiders and the influences they can bring with them; the skin, the food, even the smell is different and unknown: “the habit” is a compromise effected between the individual and his environment, or between the individual and his own organic eccentricities, the guarantee of a dull inviolability.
I mix references from pop-culture with autobiographical material in order to explore the fear beyond individualism: the suspicion of loosing ourselves in order to embrace “the other”.
I question how mankind deals with the business of being alive in a random, if not hostile, environment and our perception of “reality”, with topics as the spaces we inhabit, human habits, and nomadic culture.