Title: A Tribute to Callas
Date: December 2nd, 2023 | 6.30 pm
Venue: Circolo Unificato dell’Esercito Castelvecchio, Verona
Duration of the art exhibition:
December 2nd, 2023 to January 7th, 2024
Free admission for invited guests.
Participating international artists, curated by THINKUP Editions:
Wells of Love – women who impact the world
Wells of Love is a heartfelt tribute to Maria Callas on her 100th birthday, celebrating her enduring impact on the world of art and culture. This unique project, inspired by the Diva’s legacy, is dedicated to weaving love stories through artistic expressions, firmly believing in the transformative power of love to inspire positive change. Wells of Love believes in the transformative power of love through art and encourages artists to promote a shared vision of a better future. The upcoming concert and art exhibition stand as a testament to Maria Callas’ exceptional contributions, inviting artists to contribute their unique talents in fostering a shared vision for a brighter future. In honoring the artistic mastery of creators, Wells of Love aims to immortalize the legend of Maria Callas, ensuring that her story resonates globally.
Ali Ansari, a versatile artist and creator born in Tehran, Iran, has made significant contributions to the fields of graphic design, illustration, and visual art. His involvement in theatre as a director, puppet designer, and stage designer adds another layer to his diverse artistic journey. Having lived and worked in various countries and cities, including Armenia/Yerevan, Georgia/Tbilisi, Berlin, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Paris, and Tehran, Ali’s creative influence transcends both artistic disciplines and geographical boundaries.
Ali has actively participated in Wells of Love, contributing his work titled “The Sun’s Smile” Ali Ansari | Visual Artist, Iran, Mixed-Media + Photocollage + Digital Art.
The sun‘s smile” Ali Ansari | Visual Artist, Iran, Mixed-Media + Photocollage + Digital Art, 100x130cm
Zahra Hassanabadi, born in Shiraz, Iran, and currently residing in Germany since 2001, employs unconventional materials like food remnants, steel sponges, and plant parts in her artwork. These materials create unique aesthetic values and convey the vulnerability of human existence. Notably, she uses head forms as symbols of identity, devoid of facial features, shaped solely by the nature of the materials.
In her paintings, Zahra constructs abstract landscapes using graphic elements like dots, lines, and shapes, portraying imaginary places of longing. She integrates her Iranian roots by combining her grandmother’s old embroideries with family letters in Farsi, emphasizing her deep connection to her homeland and cultural background.
Zahra participated in Wells of Love with “Maria Eterna” | Visual Artist, Germany – Iran, mixed media, Photocollage + Digital Art, 100x130cm.
“Maria Eterna” Zahra Hassanabadi | Visual Artist, Germany – Iran, mixed media, Photocollage + Digital Art, 100x130cm
Mansoureh, born in Iran and residing in Germany for over two decades, entered the art scene early in her life. After earning her degree in business administration from TU Dortmund, she directed her artistic focus toward innovative digitization projects in the cultural and creative industries. Her love for music blossomed during her youth in Iran, where Western music was considered underground and circulated secretly in schools. While studying in Germany, her passion for classical music and opera flourished. Inspired by figures like Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Lucio Dalla, the jazz-influenced Paolo Conte, and her connection to Iranian-rooted arias for Darya Dadvar, Mansoureh’s deep passion reflects in organizing opera events.
As the founder of THINKUP Editions, Mansoureh leads a team in art, design, Literatur, film, and research. Stemming from the women’s movement in Iran, she developed “Women’s Empowerment – Live the change, change lives!” The campaign advocates for gender equality through art exhibitions and film festivals, showcasing Mansoureh’s installations and multimedia art—an authentic anthem to the power of art and music.
Mansoureh initiated the Wells of Love project to make a positive impact amid the current world conflicts. She contributed her artwork, “Golestan Reverie” | Multimedia Artist, Germany, Iran, mixed-media + Photocollage + Digital Art, 100x130cm, to the project.
“Golestan Reverie” Mansoureh Rahnama | Multimedia Artist, Germany, Iran, mixed-media + Photocollage + Digital Art, 100x130cm
I am extremely pleased to be part of this outstanding event curating the 100th birthday of Maria Callas. It is a personal honor for me to contribute to this significant milestone in the world of art and culture. With great anticipation, I look forward to presenting the impressive artworks of talented female artists. Their works promise to enrich this unique occasion in an artistic manner. This event will become a poignant tribute to the unforgettable Maria Callas, and I am excited to captivate the guests with the artistic brilliance of these remarkable women.