Visual Artist Sirio Berati gives us the ultimate feeling of self-realization.
Sirio Berati is an 19 years old Albanian visual artist living in Montreal, Canada. He calls himself a visual artist as he has been exploring many areas of art and variety of themes. “Identity is for sure one of my favorites” Sirio says.
“It all started last year when I held my very first exhibition. Well, actually, it started four years ago when I got exposed to photography, but I call the establishment of my exhibition one of my biggest achievements, which officially identifies me as a visual artist.”
Starting from experimenting with different mediums such as sculpture, oil paintings, digital photography and video production, his artworks are associated with an emotional narrative while Sirio tackles the notion of identity.
Sirio’s first official appearance as a visual artist was when he held his first exhibition in the UK, calling it “Approaching chaos”. An exhibition of 13 outcomes that differ in medium but follow coherently the theme of identity.
“My exhibition is called “Approaching Chaos” and itself talks about the change. Honestly, it is more complicated than that. My aim is to explore my ideas through different stages of self-development and show the process of adapting to the new world. It’s an exhibition which guides one to self-realization.”
“Approaching Chaos” presents a typography installation, a human head sculpture, an acrylic painting, and 5 different digital photographic series: “Descending into the Blue Void”, “Blue Klein Sea”, “In the stormy sky” and finally “Impeded by cultural taboo”. Even though the pieces are significantly different in the way they are presented, unfold and created, together they follow a quite complex and a coherent narrative of gratification.
With a unique perspective, Sirio’s work channels his own experiences of self-development with the concept of culture.“Conflicting journey to reality”, seen below, is my most successful outcome from “Approaching Chaos”. This artwork was an award-wining piece in the national scale in the UK for the new emerging artists!
Conflicting Journey To Reality
This peace in itself talks about dreams that often are a substitute to reality. A man to man conflict is established where the character fights itself in order to reach to a so portrayed imaginary hyperreality; a realm of magic. Subconscious is portrayed on the right, conscious on the center and ideal self on the left. Again, the process of self-realization and transformation is established in the piece. The image is as well associated with a dreamcatcher, protecting the character from the fears the present holds. Inspired by Blake’s Pity and Julia Margarate’s Angle of Nativity.
Impeded by Cultural Taboos
Impeded by cultural taboo — is a series of two artworks, each in a different medium.Both of the pieces portray the expectation of society to conform to cultural norms. In this piece we can see how same cultures go along together, even though not as a part of a choice. Different from Creation of Adam, in this piece three rather than two hands are presented, challenging the historical concept of Michelangelo, where the third hand becomes an obstacle for cultural integration.
The Blue Void
This artwork is the continuation of the narrative from Descending Into the Blue Void. At this point, the protagonist has reached the blue void emotionally. The piece is monochrome, containing only tones and hues of blues, especially blue 27, creating a distorted surreal image, establishing in this way artist’s intrinsic emotions. The construction of this piece and the portrait details were influenced by Ian Macarthur and Gabi Trinkaus. The tree on the background suggests roots to culture and it’s impact on individual’s behaviour and feelings.
Beyond the Blue Void
Beyond the Blue Void’ is Sirio’s first digital self portrait. While his face is cracked, bits of gold are used to ‘repair’ his portrait, as the Japanese tradition of repairing with gold, Kintsugi, suggests that the medium becomes more valuable. Many patterns related to the early Albanian gold embroidered folkloric dresses can be observed, making in this way a link to his culture and it’s importance to self identity. In this way, different from Blue Void, the golden cracks symbolise light. On the whole, this piece portrays the turn of a new leaf through enlightenment.
All in all, Sirio’s intention with “Approaching Chaos” is to explore his ideas through different stages of self-development and show the process of adapting to the new world.
Source: sirioberati.com, instagram.com/sirio