in London / United Kingdom
14.04.2020 - 01.07.2020 00:00
O Sole Mio

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present an online exhibition of works by a selection of contemporary artists and the wider artistic community in response to the Neapolitan song ‘O Sole Mio’. Consisting of a series of texts and images presented in a digital magazine and shared through weekly newsletters, the virtual exhibition will take place on our website beginning in April 2020.

During this unprecedented and challenging time across the globe, it is vital that we all strive to look beyond the crisis and focus on the positive. With that in mind, we chose ‘O Sole Mio’ as a starting point for this our first online exhibition. Since it was written in 1898, ‘O Sole Mio’ has been performed by many vocalists. It celebrates finding joy in one another but equally in experienced moments of stillness and serenity. Despite the storms we may endure, we each have our ‘own sun’ from which we can draw positive energy and hope.

Inspired by the universal warmth and positive message of the song, we have invited artists to contribute to this virtual exhibition by making or writing a work in response to the concept, meaning and associations connected to the iconic lyrics and melody of ‘O Sole Mio’ – what it represents to them, the memories it evokes and/or how we might understand it within the context of our time. Each week, we will present an issue of the online magazine featuring works by different artists and accessible on our website. At the end of the exhibition their contributions will come together in a printed publication.

The first online issue of the ‘O Sole Mio’ magazine will feature works by Rayyane Tabet and Ryan Gander in the form of texts and images as responses to this Italian song; while subsequent issues will feature works by Alia Al-Senussi, David Claerbout, Shaun McDowell, Koushna Navabi and more.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Artistic and Executive Director of Parasol unit


Parasol unit - foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road
N1 7RW London
United Kingdom


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