Thanks to the collaboration with Accademia delle Belle Arti di Roma and Short Theatre 2022, three works of former students of Accademia are presented in the Atelier of Mattatoio di Roma. They can be seen for the whole first week of the festival, from 7 to 11 of September.
Three young graduate artists from Accademia delle Belle Arti di Roma who, starting with video, have undertaken heterogeneous research paths combining different artistic languages.
Three actions, each in their own way incongruous, which place the body of the artist / performer / woman in an uncertain, if not downright senseless, relationship with the space that temporarily welcomes them.
Three video works in which being and happening coincide precisely, while simultaneously giving up on usual narrative rhythm.
Three visions that impose a privileged point of view by declining the performative act in favour of cameras.
Motivation letter of a young artist
The artist enters the space carrying a bulky golden trampoline. She places it in front of a broken statue, transfigured and worn out by time. She gets on the trampoline and begins jumping, her eyes fixed on the statue. A silent dialogue begins in which their opposite characters speak to one other. It is a cry against immobility and rigidity, a manifesto of intent, a promise of struggle.
video HD, 16:9, colour, sound, 4’34”, 2017
Starting from gender identity issues, this work creates a context in which our increasingly brittle traditional attributes are confronted: here the role of faber or artisan is assumed by the female performer, while passivity is not just relegated to the domain of the male figures, but also reduced to a purely aesthetic function.
The performative action ends in a precise composition, a variation on the sense of balance, which transcends the monolithic concept of gender roles. The confessional under construction, the central object of the frame and a symbol of places of exclusion for women, all defining a threshold of detachment in the visual field, while at the same time creating an area of contagiousness.
video HD, 16:9, colour, sound, 12’, 2017
The little old woman who used her head
When speaking of obscenity – of which he was often accused – Carmelo Bene defined it as “os-skené”, what is “off the stage”, what should not be represented and which should not be exposed in public.
Nonetheless, his main artistic goals are precisely aimed at getting lost, of losing identity and meaning – or to put it more simply, of “not being on stage”.
The artist cancels the identity and substance of places, stripping them of everything that makes them recognizable. The apparently absurd action of “undressing” living rooms, places commonly used for hospitality, produces two opposite possibilities: on one hand it creates more space, on the other it denies welcome.
three-channel HD video, 16: 9, colour, sound, 6’30 ”, 2018
Lucia Bricco (Torino, 1988).
She studied at the Albertina Academy in Turin and at the Complutense Academy in Madrid. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 2015 with a thesis entitled “In Between, an investigation on vision. A Study of the possibilities of living an exchange “.
Her work, in the form of performance and drawing, is centred on spaces dealt with both privately and collectively. She is interested in the fragmentation, coexistence and mutability of those elements inherent in human existence.
Since 2015 she has participated in performance art residencies, exhibitions and festivals in Italy, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Greece, France, Czech Republic and Belarus including: BLACK KIT, International Performance Art Archive DIE SCHWARZE LADE | BLACK KIT, Cologne (DE) (2021); Performance Crossing, Prague (CZ) (2020); ZABIH Performance Festival, Lviv (UA), Performensk, Minsk (BY), Platform Project ’19 representing Sub Rosa Space in Athens (GR) (2019); Performance Platform, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin (PL) (2017). She has lived in Athens since 2018.
Ola Czuba (Lodz, Poland, 1984).
She graduated in Multimedia and Technological Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where she currently carries out research on digital art education. She works with video, sound, installation and performance. She participated in workshops with Antoni Muntadas at the Spanish Academy in Rome, Fiamma Montezemolo at the Pistoletto Foundation, Emily Mast at Villa Medici in Rome and on the occasion of the 2015 Biennale d ‘Arte in Venice with Davide Ferrario as part of the Codice Italia Academy.
Main group exhibitions: Inoperosa Community, curated by Giuseppe Armogida, Palazzo Ducale, Tagliacozzo; Re_st_Art, curated by Mood Project, Palazzo delle Arti in Naples; Double Fantasy, curated by Gaia Bobò, Empty House, Rome; Mapping the Town, curated by Claudio Libero Pisano and Francesca Lilli, Pietro Canonica Museum, Rome; Control Reversal, curated by Marta Silvi and Carla Capodimonti, Palazzo Candiotti, Foligno; Electronic Landscapes, as part of the Fuori Quadriennale program, curated by Claudio Crescentini, Teresa Macrì, Lea Mattarella, Federica Pirani and Gabriele Simongini, the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; Labirynt / Labirinto, curated by Dario Evola, Akademia Sztuk Pieknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta, Wroclaw, Poland; Four Artists at the Castle, curated by Cecilia Casorati, Santa Severa Castle; Exhibition Tent Academy Awards 2015, video selection Pier Paolo Pancotto, Rossana Miele, Eugenio Viola, Tent Academy, Rotterdam, Holland; Emergency Release, curated by Whart, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome. She currently lives and works in Rome.
Ambra Lupini (Ascoli Piceno, 1993).
She graduated in Multimedia and Technological Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. In 2018 she obtained a Master’s Degree in Art Documentary “Filming art”, with the film “The Rats who Invented the Wheel” presented at the Wanted Clan in Milan. In 2022 she graduated from the Experimental Centre of Cinema majoring in directing documentaries.
She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions at both the Pelanda space and in the Accademia gallery. She has collaborated with various archives including Istituto Luce, the Vancouver Archive, the Center for Home Movies, Prelinger Archive and Aamod.
With Aamod she made two short films: “Reconstruction of Destruction”, in 2020, presented at the Sun and Moon Festival of Palermo and in 2022 she made the short film “The Period”, winner of the Memory Ciack section, and presented at the Giornate degli Autori during the 79th International Exhibition of Cinema in Venice. She lives and works in Ascoli Piceno.