Riviera Art Week Calligraphy – Sept 2018

The Life of the Line - Western and Middle-Eastern calligraphic Cultures in Dialogue -

Where: TecRiviera Art Weeks are hosted in a beautifully restored 18th Century villa overlooking Alassio in Liguria.

When: Sat. 15th – Sat. 22nd September 2018

Workshop focus: A conversation between two calligraphic cultures – West meets Middle-Eastern.

Appropriate for: all levels of practitioners are welcome, a limited number of places

Tutors: Abdollah Kiaie & Massimo Polello

Workshop Focus:

The workshop aims to open up a dialogue between western and middle-eastern calligraphic cultures, through the help and guidance of our eminent tutors. In both cultures, the line is the leading protagonist of the rhythmic movement that develops writing in both directions. The line is also the tool that will guide us to formal abstraction.

The workshop will include:

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast in a single room.
  • 7 lunch, 5 dinners
  • 6 full days workshop: two courses in one with two instructors present all time.
  • materials included
  • wine & olive oil tasting

The workshop will be taught by renowned Calligraphers Massimo Polello and Abdollah Kiaie.

Workshop Structure:

The workshop is taught by two tutors: Massimo who will start from the “ Corsiva Romana” of the IVth century, and Abdollah who will focus on the Persian Nasta’ligh of the XVth century. Both tutors will also be each other’s student. The tutors, both present during the whole week, will dialogue with each other and with the students about several topics e.g. the meaning of calligraphy in its own culture, the relationship between calligraphy and art, the link between art and culture, links with history, architecture and design.

Western Calligraphy

Chronologically, the Corsiva Romana dates back to Ist century b.C up to IVth century a.c. It develops simultaneously to the official State writings, Capitali Rustica, Onciale and Quadrata. It is often considered the cursive form of the capital letter. While the Quadrata and the Rustica are carefully and meticulously written, the Corsiva Romana appears to be written hurriedly, with negligence, often difficult to read.

In reality, it’s apparent rhythmic disorganisation ( CAOS), possesses an extraordinary line musicality that expresses itself through bindings. It is, in my opinion, pure writing. The main protagonist is not a geometric form, but the line. In fact, one can perceive, even though it has grounded formal bases, that the line is the main element.

A line that dances move through space until it creates a music of signs. Letters are not traced following a strict scheme but are traced and deformed in relation to the moment’s necessities. This course aims at examining in depth this aspect of the line of writing and it’s expressive potentialities in space. A line that is able to go in a straight direction from left to right like in Western writing, or down like in Eastern writing. So why not conquer all the space and move arbitrarily?

The goal is to achieve, through the line, a sort of dance through space following a geometric and irregular rhythmic choreography until pure abstraction is attained.

In between the two parts, there will be a session dedicated to deepening the understanding of each other’ work and culture.

Middle-Eastern Calligraphy

The starting point is, as in Massimo’ part, a formal calligraphy, but in this case, it is Persian calligraphy called Nasta’ligh. Therefore it is necessary to explain that Persian calligraphy is a summary of various tendencies that stem from Arabic calligraphy. More precisely, it is the fusion of the two styles naskh and ta’ligh, originated in Persia (Iran and confining countries) in the late XIV century. It was elaborated by Mir Ali Tabrizi ( 1340-1420) and his son Mir Abdollah by the name nasta’ ligh, a name that clearly showcases its roots. It is also called Farsi, that is Persian.

Our work will be to study the conventional and formal foundations with the traditional tool, the quill (tagliata ad ancia). Therefore we will progressively introduce the cursive style, through the use of other classic and invented tools.

Gradually, letters will become abstract traces until a musical sequence is created. From now on expression will go through its visible and emotional quality, in other words, the language of abstraction.

Massimo Polello

Based in Turin, Italy, Massimo Polello has worked as a calligrapher artist for over fifteen years. Since studying calligraphy, he has explored its classical and contemporary applications and potentiality in art and graphic design. He has exhibited, teach workshops and seminary regularly internationally all over the world and taught in New York and University of Montreal, Calgary. he worked on several short films, and is a contributor to Graphicus, TipoItalia and Letters Arts Review magazines and collaborated with the Medicea Laurenziana Library in Florence.

He is currently President of Turin calligraphers´ guild “Dal Segno alla Scrittura” and work in his Studio Gallery ABC_Atelier in Turin

Massimo Polello’s website

Abdollah Kiaie

Abdollah was born In Teheran in 1954. He started calligraphy wish his grandfather at the age of five in a family and supportive environment before following the teaching of the master Amirkhani and other prominent calligraphers who led him to get the certificate/diploma of Persian and Arab calligraphy. Before coming to France in 1987, he worked as calligrapher and graphic with several institutions and organizations among which the Iranian television, while teaching at the same time for the Iranian Association of Calligraphy.He is one of the founders of the Ductus Association in France in 1991.Abdollah Kiaie has been regularly exhibiting his works since 1988 in Bruxelles, Paris, Luxembourg and several other countries. He is engaged in many professional and educational activities including calligraphic boards, teaching courses, Persian and Arab calligraphy courses and workshops for a wide number of schools and organisations. He is also a consultant for National Education, museums cultural centres and the French National Library. He lives and works in Paris where he teaches at the Calligraphis Association.

Abdollah Kiaie’s website

Recent work from our two Masters

Tec Riviera Art Week Venue

The Tec Riviera Art Week Venue is based in a beautiful 18th Century Villa overlooking the coastal town of Allasio in Liguria along the Italian Riviera. The villa is perfectly located to offer good access to both Nice and Genova airports.

We are able to host groups in beautifully decorated comfortable private bedrooms.

During breaks, there is a nice, good-size pool to relax sampling genuine local food and wine or learning about our Mediterranean herbs in the nearby garden.

For more information about the great location have a look at the Riviera Art Week page.

For More Information

For more information on the program and costs, please email patricia@turineducational.org

You can find more information about our breath-taking Riviera Art Weeks venue in Liguria here.