Remarks on my first participation at the congress

Between the 15 and the 19 of October 2018, the 16 AIMC (International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists) congress took place in Paray-le-Monial in France and for me it was the first participation as a member.
In this article I’d like to draw my conclusions about it.
First of all some numbers: 170 participants and 38 nationalities from all over the world. During the congress there were more than 30 speeches and the members’ exhibition had nearly 100 art works. The perfect place to face with the worldwide mosaic scene.

The organization was excellent: interesting interventions about the mosaic theme during the days and in the evenings convivial moments (such as aperitivi or dinners) to drink and talk.

I could meet again old friends and to know new people, artisans and artists that I hold in high esteem.

I liked to deal with them: the person who has embarked on a journey similar to mine has always good suggestions to give. Everyone has its own story and this help me to understand better where I am situated in my mosaic journey. Someone has a more pessimistic vision of the easel mosaic, others encourage me to go on like this!

I’m used to see the positive side, so I’ll keep alive in my mind the memory of the mosaicists that pursue their projects with enthusiasm. Some examples are: the association M comme Mosaïque that promotes the art of the mosaic in Paray-le-Monial, even through the wonderful Maison de la Mosaïque Contemporaine; Luigi La Ferla that, in his studio in 59 Rivoli in Paris, organizes the second contemporary mosaic festival, or Pictor Imaginarius that continues with its project “L’arte del mosaico”, or, finally, MosaïStreet that, after years of work and tests, has created a new material for the mosaic art.

During the congress, there was enough space for art and time to ask questions about the new forms, new audiences and the evolution of the contemporary mosaic. Very interesting was Renée Antoine Malaval’s intervention, that presented the street version of the mosaic with some significant examples.

I could talk of my work “Kintsughi” with Toyoharu Kii, a very good japan artist, that told me something about his fascinating culture.

Finally, the set up of the exhibition was perfect, inside a really special context: the Tower of Saint-Nicolas in Paray-le-Monial. A striking place where mosaics from all over the world could cohabit and where my work “L’eredità – The eritage” has found its excellent space.

I’ve come back home with a fund of good experiences, with the enthusiasm to go on with my project and so happy to know that, from now, the world is certainly big, but maybe easier to explore thanks to a lot of new friends.