In parallel with and following on from the Parallel Visions exhibition shown by our colleagues and friends at Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, CO.AS.IT. is proud to present


Exhibition: CO.AS.IT., Faraday Street, Carlton, 5 August-28 September 2022. Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 1-5pm. Free entry.

Opening Tuesday 23 August 6.30-8pm. Registration essential below.

Floor talks on Saturday 3 and 24 September, 2-3 pm. Registration essential below.

In Parallel features new works by artists Liliana Barbieri, Anna Caione, Sarina Lirosi and Wilma Tabacco that respond to the ideas and artefacts of selected Italian designers – Bruno Munari, Gaetano Pesce, Alessandro Mendini and Giò Pomodoro – and to their own works first exhibited in Parallel Visions at CO.AS.IT. in 2020-2021. These further extend their creative practice in light of their Italian cultural heritage. Parallel Visions is on display at Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn 5 July-13 August (opening 16 July, 4.30-6.30 pm). This exhibition includes works by the four artists together with Flavia Marcello’s photographic reproductions that present the ‘birthplace’ of Italian design Milan Triennale and the display stand by Karen Fermo that takes cues from Giuseppe Pagano’s demountable, travelling exhibition system. A catalogue that reproduces works from both exhibitions is available at CO.AS.IT.

Artist Biographies:

Anna Caione is an Australian artist of Italian descent. She holds a Master of Arts by Research (2002) Monash University, Melbourne and a Diploma of Fine Arts, Accademia Albertina, Turin, Italy (1995). Anna is currently Academic Tutor in Design History in the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. She has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in 36 group shows and has received a number of grants and awards including an Arts Victoria Travelling Grant and her work is held in corporate and private collections in Australia, Italy and Ireland. A finalist in the John Leslie Art Prize, the Metro 5 Gallery Art Award, and McGivern Prize (twice), she was awarded the SBS Centenary of Federation Art Award. In 2018 Anna received the Italian Australian Foundation International Fellowship from the International Specialized Skills Institute to study drawing in Milan, Italy. Anna’s work has received coverage in Australian art journals, periodicals, newspapers and catalogue essays.

Sarina Lirosi

Sarina Lirosi is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary visual artist with a career spanning over 30 years. Sarina has had numerous solo exhibitions and has also participated in many group and curated exhibitions including Celebrating the Exquisite Corpse, at the Bendigo Art Gallery; Fictions, at Gippsland Centre for Art & Design presented by Monash University Museum of Art; and Lost & Found at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne. She has been a finalist in many national award exhibitions in Australia, including the Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, National Works on Paper at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and, more recently, a finalist in the 2021 Olive Cotton Portrait Award. In 2018 and 2019, Sarina's work was selected for a curated exhibition at the Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin Germany. She has also been the recipient of several grants including a work development grant from the Australia Council.

Liliana Barbieri is a Melbourne based Italian born artist. Exhibiting regularly her work is featured in museums, corporate collections and commercial galleries across the globe including the Australian Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, Lorenzo Benetton Imago-Mundi Collection, Italy, Accor Hotels, Melbourne, and Sangmyung University, South Korea. Grants and awards include an Arts Victoria Travel Grant, Australian Govt. DFAT Arts Grant, NGV Trustees Award and an Australian Postgraduate Research Award. Since completing a Master of Fine Arts (Research) 2001, she has lectured in design theory and visual culture at various Universities in Australia and Asia. Over the past 20 years Liliana’s work has received extensive press coverage in Australian and Asian art journals, RAI TV International and SBS radio. Internationally focused and committed to intercultural exchange, her projects are multidisciplinary, often utilizing a hybrid of new media and traditional art materials. During Melbourne’s extensive periods of Covid 19 isolation Liliana’s work has focussed on the butterfly as the ultimate icon of beauty, change and transformation.

Wilma Tabacco was born in Italy and has lived mainly in Australia. Since 1988 she has presented 40 solo exhibitions and participated in over 200 group exhibitions, including Contemporary Australian Drawing 3, New York Studio School, New York and Crossing the Line: Drawing the Middle East, Tashkeel Gallery, Dubai, Contemporary Australian Drawing 2, Wimbledon SPACE, London, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 09 Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Drawing of the World/World of Drawing, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Korea. She has completed an MA (1996) and a PhD (2006) and has lectured in painting, drawing and printmaking since 1988. She has received grants from the Australia Council, Arts Victoria, Nets Victoria, and Asialink. Her works are included in many national and state collections including NGA, NGV, MOMA at Heide, GOMA Brisbane, Artbank, and private collections in Australia, USA and Europe. Wilma uses abstract iconography to refer to various aspects of Italian cultural history associated with archaeological artefacts found in ancient ruins and she ‘maps’ ground plans of architectural spaces.

Image: Sarina Lirosi, Cabinet of curiosities, 2022, inkjet print, (detail).