POZI: places and landscapes of tomorrow. Curated by Giggs Kgole, with a text by Buhle Mathole. From 2 to 6 July 2024.

The Call for the 10th Edition of the ARP-Art Residency Project is now open. Artists and curators under 30 can apply and win the training residency created with the contribution of the Italian MAECI.

The ephemeral memory of the man-nature relationship in the works of Anna Maria D’Addario and the Citti/Tamburrini duo. A project in collaboration with Grenze-Arsenali Fotografici and Officine Fotografiche. Vernissage 4 Maggio h.18,30

Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario is an Italian-Australian photographic artist, writer and book maker. Her work revolves around the investigation and resurrection of memory and our emotional connection to place. She has published two artist books, Farewell Angelina (2018) and Deep in Their Roots, All Flowers Keep the Light (ceiba Editions 2019). Anna holds a MFA in Fine Art, Sydney College of the Arts, and is a current PhD candidate at Monash University in Fine Art.

This work began as a response to the sudden and violent death of my sister in 2015 and gradually became a path to live and make sense of life again. It was an act of resistance, an attempt to speak in the face of silence. With her murder, time stopped, all became fractured and fragmented. I, together with my mother and all who loved her, were drawn into an obscure world without her, a world broken and changed.

As children my sister and I spent hours in the bush, and by the ocean. After her loss I sought to regain the connection to the landscape that existed in my memory and reflected our origins, a desire to be clear again in my understanding of it. Landscape endures. It takes and hold its form. Landscape speaks in my work, in part, in its resilience, of survival in the present and for survival of the past; it holds memories; it speaks of connections, but it also speaks of violence and irretrievable loss. It represents then, continuity and also absence, it stands for what can never be lost and for all that has been lost; it embodies trauma and it embodies endu- rance, the persistence of which no violence can erase.

My sister was thirty-five when her life was taken. Her future has been lost and the past and our childhood has been altered and affected. The knowledge and weight of our history has only one side now, one gaze, and one recollection. Here I accompany my sister in story, photos of myself as a child mirror and connect with those of Daniela. We break silence together, identities entwined.

This project was conceived through the creation of an artist’s book, Farewell Angelina, and a successive photo book, Deep in Their Roots, All Flower Keep the Light. (Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario)

What is then left of the landscape when the people who loved it, lived in it, are no longer there? Powerlessness and absence do not turn a place into a view, a space into a landscape.
Representation, which attempts to repair the trauma of loss, cannot be a layer of memory above others.

“My spaces are fragile: time will consume them, destroy them: nothing will no longer resemble what it was,” wrote Georges Perec. If memory can erase, trauma can instead hold the glimpse of what was. Memories reinvent, narrate, betray, trauma instead fixes. The fracture pierces the veil of the landscape, not repairs it. The violent tear of loss cannot but lacerate representation – even of the usual landscape – and open the Montale’s wonder. (Simone Azzoni)

Giordana Citti was born in Rome in 1993. In 2012, she began attending evening courses in photography and darkroom printing at Officine Fotografiche, training with te- acher Samantha Marenzi. After graduating in “History and conservation of the artistic and archaeological heritage”, he decided to devote himself full-time to photography by enrolling in the Biennial School of Photography at Officine Fotografiche Roma. He first became a darkroom assistant and later refined his professional training by starting an internship at Davide di Gianni’s Digid’a Art Prints workshop in Rome. He currently teaches darkroom courses at Officine Fotografiche, attends the Faculty of “Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage”, concerning the restoration of book and photographic material, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and works in the photographic archives of the National Film Library of the Experimental Centre of Cinematography in Rome.In 2021 he was among the ten artists selected to take part in the photography masterclass Contatto of the Istituto Luce Cinecittà and TWM Factory. He has taken part in many exhibitions in recent years: Of Analogica on the occasion of Fotoleggendo (2016), Female in March, a group exhibition of female photographers at Lanificio (2018), Temporary Wall, an open air exhibition at Fotoleggendo (2018), The Family of no Man for Arles cosmos (2018), In Praise of Imperfection at Fondamenta gallery (2019), GeneraHumana on the occasion of the Genera Festival (2019) in Cister- nino, Walk With Women on the occasion of the MedFilmFestival in Rome (2019), Hier, mais aussi aujourd’hui, solo exhibition at the Fusion Art Gallery in Turin (2020), The Darkroom Projet Otto, group exhibition curated by Luciano Corvaglia, at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in San Martino al Cimino (2020), Contatto, at WeGil (2021), MarteLive, national finalist Biennale MarteLive at Planet Roma (2021), Premio Daniela Semprebene, exhibition of the winners of the visual arts sections MarteLive Lazio 2021, at the ART G. A.P. Gallery, Rome (2022), Tevere Art Gallery/Arles 2022, collective photographic exhibition curated by Luciano Corvaglia on the occasion of Les Rencontres d’Arles, in “Arles Exposition-Off”(2022), MarteLive: Lo spettacolo totale, national finalist Biennale MarteLive, at Qube, Rome (2022), Venere Vs Medusa on the occasion of Paratissima, at Cavallerizza Torino (2023).

Annalaura Tamburrini was born in Fasano in 1994. She trained as a photographer at the “Officine Fotografiche” school in Rome where, during the period from 2015 to 2019, she deepened her knowledge of darkroom practices, black and white printing and ancient printing techniques under the guidance of teacher Samantha Marenzi. During this path, she has the opportunity to exhibit and curate various photographic projects within the local independent scene. In June 2017, during the international photo- graphy festival ‘FotoLeggendo’, she participates in the group exhibition ‘Analogica 2017’. In February 2018, she presents the project “Sono una strega” at the Cinema Palazzo Occupato in Rome as part of the group exhibition “Tecne”. In May 2018, she co-curates the exhibition cycle “Analogies”, presented at the Officine Fotografiche school in Rome. In the same month, she exhibited the project ‘Sono una strega’ within the same cycle. Also in May 2018, she co-curates the exhibition ‘Nel corpo dell’immagine’, part of the international photography festival ‘FotoLeggendo’ in Rome. In February 2019, he took part in the group exhibition ‘In Praise of Imperfection’ with the project ‘Moral to Censorship’ at the Inside Art Gallery in Rome. In August 2019, she curates the international group exhibition ‘GeneraHumana’ at the Torre Civica in Cisternino. From 2020, after moving to Turin, she collaborates with the cultural association Mostro Collettivo. From 2023 she is represented by the Raw Messina gallery in Rome and collaborates actively with Gabriele Stabile. In January 2024 she exhibits in Bologna, in the context of the Arte Fiera fuoriisalone, during the Booming Art Show in an exhibition curated by Raw Messina, entitled ‘La vita sognata dagli angeli’.

The Anima Naturae project aims to portray the contrast between the fleeting es- sence of humanity and the timeless spirit of nature.
Each diptych pairs a weathered stone portrait, bearing the marks of time, mold, and the relentless forces of weathering, with an untouched photograph capturing the pristine landscape. The stone portrait serves as a tangible testament to the vulnerability of the human soul over time, narrating a story of transience conti- nually shaped by transformative elements in its natural habitat. On the flip side, earth unfolds as the epicenter of an eternal animation of nature, presenting an ideal and idyllic realm that underscores primordial soul and spirituality, untouched by human manipulation.

Through this visual reflection, viewers are invited to contemplate the duality of fragility and strength, transience and persistence, fostering a profound aware- ness of the intricate connections between humanity and the broader living world. Anima Naturae emerges as a conceptual bridge, blurring the boundaries betwe- en human finiteness and the boundless vitality of nature, illustrating how, despite human endeavors, we inevitably yield to the unstoppable power of the natural world, prompting reflection on the sustainability of our interactions with the planet. All photographs are made with black and white analog film [portraits with 135mm, landscapes with 120mm]. (Giordana Citti and Annalaura Tamburrini)

HIC ET NUNC n2 – THE EXHIBITION. For the 19GdC Amaci and with the support of the MAECI in Rome the first stage of the PACK AN GO. Followed by a stop in Val Camonica, Lozio and Bienno, and finally Tirana, Albania, for the 9th Edition of the ARP-Art Residency Project.

ARP 9Edition. The HIC ET NUNC n.2 workshop continues the investigation into the idea of the contemporary. At the center of the meetings are the 6 winners of the residency program created with the contribution of the MAECI. The final exhibition on 7 October 2023 for the 19th GdC Amaci.

A work that reflects the contemporary to be carried with you in hand luggage. This is the challenge for 5 winning artists and a curator of the ninth edition of the ARP – PACK AND GO competition: a residency-workshop that questions and investigates the notion of the contemporary.

ARP – Art Residency Project is the artistic residency programme, conceived and created by the Luigi Di Sarro Centre, with the aim of promoting a disposition towards intercultural dialogue and the comparison of practices and methods in the world of art too. For its ninth edition it once again proposed the PACK AND GO formula, that is, the challenge of conceiving and creating a work that represents one’s idea of contemporaneity and which is easily transportable to allow maximum mobility.

We live in difficult years and even for artists, especially emerging young people, the slowdown, if not the forced blockade, of social relations created by the covid-19 pandemic, wars and the economic crisis has represented and represents an obstacle. The ARP program has always worked by promoting educational trips, but with this formula it wants to go further and attempt to cross not only geographical borders, but also emotional ones.

It was thought that a project that started from the analysis of the idea of the contemporary would offer fertile ground for returning to dialogue, confrontation, opposition and sharing.

The young artists selected Samela Balazi, Beatrice Caruso, Cheriese Dilrajh, Anna Martynenko and Mirino Mwandiambira and Azzurra Pizzi as curator come from European, Balkan and African countries.

The jury that selects the artists is made up of Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Simone Ciglia and Carlotta Sylos Calò.

The Hic et Nunc workshop n.2 will be attended among others experts by Angelo Capasso, Simone Ciglia, Heidi Erdmann, Carlotta Sylos Calò, Matteo Piccioni and Alessandra Troncone, curated by Alessandra Atti Di Sarro.

Metamorphosis, Paola Tassetti. On show the work of the winner of the 5th edition of the Pannaggi / New Generations Prize. June 8-28, 2023.

Works that give space to a vision of the world that reconstructs the ancient powerful link between the microcosm and the macrocosm, between man and nature, art and science. Metamorphosis is the title of the exhibition of Paola Tassetti‘s works, curated by Loretta Fabrizi, that offers an artistic journey that arises from an innate fascination and an in-depth study of the theme of metamorphosis, that change in reality given by the inexorable passing of time which was also one of the reasons most intriguing and investigated literary, artistic and philosophical in every historical period. In her search for a new reality in movement, the recovery of the past, a treasure of ancient knowledge, myths and rituals that allow the artist to travel the roads of the future with more awareness. The artist therefore takes her cue from the pioneering medical studies of Andrea Vesàlio, from her extraordinary anatomical tables, created in Venice by the artists of the school of Tiziano Vecellio. Thus were born her Psychogeographies, anatomical tables and composite installations of fragments and finds that tell cross-sections of flowery metamorphoses both on the canvases and in the sculptures.

Centro Luigi di Sarro, in collaboration with CeSMa (Centro Studi Marche) and in line with its more than forty years of promotion of young talents at national and international level, welcomes again the Pannaggi Award / New Generation 2022 V edition, an initiative of the organization “Amici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi” of Macerata, in support of young artists and for the promotion of contemporary art.

The Jury composed by Paola Ballesi, Katiuscia Cassetta, Nikla Cingolani, Loretta Fabrizi, Paolo Gobbi, Marina Mentoni, Mauro Mazziero, Giuliana Pascucci, Massimo Vitangeli, awarded the prize to the young artist from Civitanova Paola Tassetti, with the following motivation: “a multidisciplinary artist with many interests who makes his art a lifestyle in the incessant search for the sources of knowledge and doing, which find the highest cultural expression in the skilful manipulation of matter and forms”.

Paola Tassetti (Civitanova Marche Alta, 1984) studied art, graduated in architecture and later specialized in the research of the Italian landscape. She continues her artistic training in Kyoto at the Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates studio and in London at the Uncommon Studio Creative.

Her multidisciplinary activity experiences the borderlands between different sciences: biology, botany, taxonomy, anatomy, archeology, anthropology, sociology, psychology and architecture.

She reconciles her interest in landscape with research on human anatomy with which she feeds her creative expression made up of diaries, drawings, site specific installations, surreal paintings, digital collages, digital art, material painting, screen printing, taxonomic collections, serial installations and performances where the body becomes a vehicle for experimentation and a ground for exchange between interiority and reality.

CROSSING BORDERS, a project by Karmen Corak, Fariba Karimi, Gianna Parisse and Claudia Hyunsook Son. From April 15th to May 13th 2023 the work of four female artists from Korea, Iran, Italy and Slovenia to look at today’s world and its aberrations.

Opening 15 Aprile h.18,00.

Four women with different life stories, four artists with various and stratified cultural roots, a choral work that joins the personal and interdisciplinary research of each, thus identifying a common path, in themes, poetics and in the dialogue of practices. A project that ranges between different materials and mediums, but which gives us a unitary thought on the contemporary.

CROSSING BORDERS is a creative dialogue between Karmen Corak (Slovenia), Fariba Karimi (Iran), Gianna Parisse (Italy) and Claudia Hyunsook Son (South Korea), which culminates in a large wall made up of 273 works, assembled by the four artists according to a of visual assonances.

Gianna Parisse writes on behalf of the group: “The project stems from the desire to work together, to formulate a collective project by four female artists of different nationalities, at a time when separations, walls, wars and violence annihilate the our daily life and everything seems to fall into the abyss.

This common work, in the feminine, is expressed with a collective artifact that is made up of small works on paper, an emotional manifesto of combinations and synergies and in the presentation of single works that in a dimension closer to reality, align with the need to defend what is most fragile. Starting from the links between the dominion over nature and its exploitation and the oppression of the fragile and of women with their submission”.

The project is carried out under the patronage of the Slovenian Embassy in Rome and the Korean Culture Center.

  Karmen Corak

Murska Sobota, Slovenia, is an Italian artist living between Venice, Rome and Marseille. She studied Graphic Arts in Croatia and Paper Conservation in Italy, Japan and Austria. Photography became very soon her expressive medium, she attended workshops with Rinko Kawauchi and Hans-Christian Schink. She was invited to group and solo exhibitions in Croatia, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary and the USA, receiving international awards in Fine Art Photography in Paris, Malaga and Berlin. Her works are in public collections in Italy, Slovenia and Japan. She developed contemporary art exhibition projects for public and private institutions. Her photography records the constant flow of things and gives them another order of existence. The particular choice of the paper support elevates its aesthetic qualities and its ability to evoke an exile from reality and dislocate it in other sphere of perception. 

Gianna Parisse

Rome Italy. Architect, artist with PhD in Architectural Design. She founded the Roman section of Studio Archea, conceiving architectural research from theoretical and design point of view as a relationship between art and architecture. More recently she graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in Painting, with a specialization in Technology of paper materials. She participates to exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Reflections on the terrestrial and celestial landscape, on the cartographies, on the perceptive and physical phenomena in which we are immersed, are accompanied by transformations, dissolutions, disappearances of things and nature, or rather circular thoughts between life and death, time and memory. The medium could be different from time to time, from paper and self-produced natural colors, digitally processed images, photography, to shooting with a scanner. Although the paper support, a living, sensitive, impressionable material, is always present.

Fariba Karimi

Tabriz, Iran. Since 2009 she lives and works in Rome. She was trained at the High School of Art in Tehran and graduated in Painting at the University of Art in Tehran, in 2006. Later in 2014 she graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Since 2003 she has participated to numerous group and solo exhibitions and various artistic events in Iran, Italy and abroad. Her abstract painting comes from the depths, from a mysterious and hidden world, whose contents she draws on through the mediation of the sign. Fast and incisive. A poetic tale derives from it, a lyrical language that takes shape in new forms and new writings. More recently, the incisive graphic and pictorial signs furrow the photographic images of fragments of her body, as if to recall the cancellations that are inflicted daily on Iranian rights and women.

          Claudia Hyunsook Son

Graduated in the Pedagogy of Art in Seoul, she went on to complete a specialization in Art Education and degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, as well as a masters in the Cultural patrimony of the Church at the Pontifical Gregorian University. She has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States of America. She lives and works in Rome and Seoul. Her art creates images in the space where the cultures of the East and West meet. As she works, she experiments with different technique sand methods to add to the physical images the motives that are her inner inspiration. Her images renew them-selves through time, transparency and emptiness, so that through movement the journey of consciousness become endless.