Nina Alessandri graduated from ECA with an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice. Now based in her home of Venice, she is a mixed media artist who primarily focuses on photography, video, and painting. These are just some of the mediums she addresses within her practice and research. She believes that each project calls for a specific technique and she does not work in one particular niche to avoid restrictions within her work.

She say’s of her degree work;

“My works portray and question the famous Greek myth of Jupiter’s abductions of Europa (which was narrated by Ovid in his book Metamorphoses 11:88-875). This series was born out of a desire to talk about Europe in a different, antithetic way from the worn one that prevails in most of the mass media’s, and politicians’ discourses. The myth is here used as a metaphor for the present political landscape which is worrying. Current issues from Brexit, the refugee crisis, the spreading of right-wing and fascist movements across Europe are addressed by the work in a subtle way. Europe is collapsing. Europe is dissolving. Europe is being raped.

The mythical character, Europa, was actually from a place which today we call Syria. She has been portrayed to have blue eyes and blonde hair for the last two thousand years, which was probably not the case. Many questions can be raised by the juxtaposition of this myth and the contemporary reality. Europe is somehow currently going through an odyssey, trying to hold together its pieces by facing antagonistic forces which are trying to destroy its unity and heritage.

The comfortable feeling induced by the prints and their mythical characters added to the fragility and the lightness of their materials clashes with the outer world, cruel and hostile, historical and real. The Myth of Europa, like the one of Odysseus, speaks of diversity and multiculturalism. Europa is an epic heroine, less celebrated somehow than Ulysses. While Ulysses wanted to return to his homeland desperately, Europa allowed herself to travel towards the unknown by riding on the bull’s back. At the intersection of lands, borders, and cultures lies the fascination of this myth. What and where is our homeland”?

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