O Sole Mio

O Sole Mio

15 April – 1 July 2020

Issue 5: featuring works by Si On, Jakub Julian Ziółkowski, and Martina von Meyenburg, with a written reflection by Claudia Steinfels


Issue 4: featuring works by Sonja Braas and Navid Nuur, with a written reflection by Philippe Davet


Issue 3: featuring works by Julian Charrière and Christine Rebet, with a written reflection by Francesca Giubilei and Luca Berta


Issue 2: featuring works by David Claerbout and Thanh Thi Tran, with a written reflection by Alia Al-Senussi


Issue 1: featuring works by Ryan Gander and Rayyane Tabet

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 features works by Rayyane Tabet and Ryan Gander in the form of texts, images and films in response to this Italian song; while subsequent issues will feature works by Darren Almond, Alia Al-Senussi, Julian Charrière, David Claerbout, Shaun McDowell, Koushna Navabi, Navid Nuur, Christine Rebet, Thanh Thi Tran, Richard Wentworth, and others.

O Sole Mio (My Own Sun)

Che bella cosa na jurnata ’e sole
aria serena doppo na tempesta
llaria fresca pare già na festa
Che bella cosa na jurnata ’e sole.
[ … ]

Listen to Luciano Pavarotti’s version of O Sole Mio by clicking here

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

For further information or visual material, please contact
Head of Press, Marketing + Events: Kirsteen Cairns kirsteen@parasol-unit.org

In response to increasing concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 (or Coronavirus), and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, artists and visitors, Parasol unit has decided to close the gallery as of Saturday 14 March.

Whilst the gallery is closed, our office is still operating from 9 am-6 pm Monday to Friday with our team members working remotely. If you wish to contact us with general enquiries please email info@parasol-unit.org.

If you have purchased items in our Super Sale, we will contact you directly to arrange a collection or shipment in April. If you have further queries, please contact shop@parasol-unit.org.

We would like to thank all our friends, visitors and clients for their understanding and cooperation at this time. Keep up-to-date with our future exhibition programme by joining our mailing list and by following us on our social media channels.

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