"Lately, I have been exploring the symbolic dimensions of stones and marble fragments on which I print black and white photo- graphs using the photo emulsion technique. It is through this process that my photographs espouse surprises and accidents on the mineral surfaces to create visual ellipses, which can be seen as micro-poems interact with each other in the exhibition space.
The intention that I started out with Scolacium Archaeological Park (I was the summer 2018 Artist in Residence) was to develop the photographs taken on site on stones from the site. Faced with the Foundation Armonie d’Arte’s refusal (because of the protection rules), I started wandering amongst ruins and found myself becoming an amateur archaeologist, my life-long passion. Italians seem to care little about the environmental issues and recycling, and this has allowed me to easily access various items such as road debris, railway plates, beach chairs, tile pieces and so on. So I decided to use these contemporary ruins and develop the photographs taken during my stay on them.
I analyze our relationship with the passing of time, the viewer and the collective memory. Through questioning the notion of exposure by revealing the secrets of creation and production, I am playing with spatiotemporal drift.
Exposure means expedition. I want to be able to push out the boundaries and create different types of medium and language each time. To me, it is a way of creating analogies which surprise the observer."
Alice Guittard - September 2018
About In-ruins Residency
In-ruins Residency is an international art research project enquiring into the dynamics of archaeology in relation to digital technology. The residency's aim is to create spaces of encounter between archaeological landscapes and contemporary art practices.
In-ruins Residency is run by Azzurra Pitruzzella, Maria Luigia Gioffre and Elisa Costantini in collaboration with Fondazione Armonie d'Arte, which runs Scolacium Archeological Park, owned by MiBACT (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism).
Archaeological sites are places where materiality and integrity still play a fundamental role because constantly searched and desired. Archaeological ruins, especially in the south of Italy, are slowly loosing appealing and that is why this residency, exploring ways of encounter between the fluidity and fragmentary of the digital and the “untouchable” and “sacred” ruins, wants to disclose new ways of looking at archaeology. The artists will be encouraged to continue their research and production in a new and suggestive context without an imposed structure of a standard residency program.
The residency will provide space and time for focused research and art production in the archaeological park of Scolacium in the south of Italy. Artists will be hosted inside the archaeological park and provided of studio spaces, video editing studio and free access to the archaeological site and.
The residency will include workshops and talks featuring the artists Juan Covelli (http://www.juancovelli.com), Neale Willis (http://www.nealewillis.com) and Nicola Lorini (http://www.nicolalorini.com), and an exhibition presenting the research and works produced during the period of the residency.
Dates: 27 August -9 September 2018
Exhibition’s dates: from the 9th of September (tbc)
The Archaeological Park of Scolacium (Borgia, IT) is one of the most important e suggestive archaeological historical sites of southern Italy. The site comprises of archaeological monuments and a secular olive grove and it benefits from a proximity to the airport.
The archaeological ruins are the result of centuries of stratification by different powers: in the roman period it was called Minerva Scolacium, a Roman colony which was established in 123-122 B.C. on the site of the Greek city of Skylletion. After its decline, between the Greek-Gothic war of the sixth century A.D., and the definite abandonment of the city in the eighth century A.D., taking the name of Squillace, it became a Saracen fortress, and between the eleventh and twelfth centuries it was occupied by the Normans.
From 2005 to 2011, the site hosted a series of contemporary exhibitions titled Intersezioni (Intersections). The exhibitions featured important international artists like Daniel Buren, Stephan Balkenhol, Tony Cragg, Wim Delvoye, Jan Fabre, Antony Gormley, Mimmo Paladino, Marc Quinn, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Mauro Staccioli.
Azzurra Pitruzzella (b. 1990, Agrigento) is an independent curator working between London and Italy. After graduating in Philosophy and the University of Catania, in 2017, she concluded a MA in Culture Criticism and Curation and Central Saint Martins in London. Born and raised in Agrigento, Azzurra has always had a tight connection with archaeological ruins. Her research, in fact, focusses on the mechanisms behind the persistence of historical memory in the present and, above all, in the contemporary mind, influenced and accelerated by the digital.
Maria Luigia Gioffre' (b.1990) is a multidisciplinary visual artist and performer. Graduated at Central Saint Martins, she is the award-winner of Celeste Prize 2017 for the section Installation, Sculpture and Performance. Her work primarily engages with narration as tool for knowledge and imaginative production of personal and collective history.
Elisa Costantini (b. 1983, Brasil) is a London based artist, art director and photographer. Born in Brasil and raised in Italy, after a MSc. in Economics and several years as consultant, she felt the necessity of a change.
She decide to develop her personal and artistic research attending a MA in Contemporary Photography, Practices and Philosophies at Central Saint Martins in London. Her research takes a critical view of women issue, of notions of sex and identity and the interaction of human body and human gestures with its environment.
In-Ruins 2018 (27th Aug - 9th Sept)
Parco Archeologico Scolacium, Italy
Steph Huang& Anna Ill
Renata De Bonis
Digital&Dead (Sarah Derat& Rachel McRae)
The foundation with the aim of enhancing contemporary art in southern Italy through promotion of international projects, offers to the selected participants a scholarship to cover the costs of the entire residency.
The selection will be carried out by the curatorial commission in collaboration with the artistic and cultural direction of the Armonie d'Arte Foundation and will take place on the basis of the particular value and artistic interest of the presented project.
The scolarships is made available by Fondazione Armonie D'Arte www.fondazionearmoniedarte.it
For the 2018 edition of In-ruins Residency the curatorial committee assigned the scholarships to the following artists:
Simona Brinkmann https://www.simonabrinkmann.com/
Renata De Bonis http://www.renatadebonis.com/
Digital&Dead (Sarah Derat and Rachel McRae) http://www.sarahderat.com https://www.remcrae.com
Website : https://www.inruins.org