Un paese tutto per lei (A town all for you) is the first edition of the artist residency situated in Roccacaramanico and directed by Andrea Croce, who invited young artists, musicians and researchers from different contexts and backgrounds, to dialogue with the identity of the site.
Roccacaramanico, known as “ghost town”, was left without its people, who emigrated after the Second World War, counting at the end of the ‘80s only one resident: lady Angiolina. In the later years it was rediscovered by families from all over Italy and the town came back to life not by neglecting its past identity, but by receiving a new one.
To complete the activity of the residency, the artists dialogued with the territory through site specific interventions, revealing its poetic and also grotesque and contradictory aspects. Spectators are invited to observe the developments of the artworks and enjoy the visual suggestions.
Segreto Top 2018 (Top Secret 2018)
"Alberghetto" (Little Inn)
Getting towards “Callarone” square, a house was reopened after twelve years and Alice Pilusi recreated the premises so that the daily exchanges and relations that characterize the days in Roccacaramanico could activate. It seems that the time has stopped inside the house, everything stayed in place but the town has changed and the relationships that are born are always new; the artist appreciated the moments of sharing and the conversations she had with the town’s folk in her week of stay by opening the house’s living room to the exhibition's partecipants and by offering them glasses of liquor.
Telefono arabo - Parte 2 (Arabic Telephone - Part 2)
In the car park at the entrance of the town, one can see the artwork from Alice Pilusi “Telefono Arabo (Parte 2)” (Arabic Telephone Part 2). It is the second phase of a joke that she designed to make the town’s residents smile: The artist recalled conversations that she came across during the week, she played with the provocatory messages about some issues of the community: such as gossiping. Awkward matters were brought into play, like the issue of the wild boars in town, the fate of the Etnographic Museum and de scepticism regarding the karaoke nights organized by the municipality of Sant’Eufemia a Majella.
Campanile provvisorio (Temporary Bell Tower)
Bicycle bell and flag pole
"Roccione" (Great Rock)
“Campanile Provvisorio” (Temporary Bell Tower) is an installation placed on the “Roccione” (Great Rock), a location chosen by the artist for its strong evocative power, Franesco addresses the absence of sound from the bell in town with a serious irony, by proposing a playful alternative.
Diventare uccelli (Becoming birds)
Ceramic bird-shaped whistles from the Etnographic Museum
"Roccione" (Great Rock) & Etnographic Museum
There are ceramic whistles inside the museum, borrowed by Francesco Alberico for a collective performance titled “Diventare uccelli” (Becoming birds) the artist engaged the young residency’s partecipants to blow the whistles shaped like small birds; the whistle becomes a call to collectivity within one united flock but with diverse characteristics.
This summer I'm reading Simenon
Depilatory wax and organza on stone
Coming down the stairs, there’s a garden suitable for boring summertime rituals like sunbathing, waxing, setting the table or simply having a summer read. These rituals, addressed in a playful way, end up having an emotional impact. The visionary artist Giorgia Garzilli suggests reading Simenon while trying to lift one’s back from the sunbed once in a while, and experience that sense of stickiness which makes one perceive the passing of time and the possibility to come back fresher than before.
Andrea De Liberato
Leather and "roccolano" stone
Getting to the top of the stairs among the ruins of Roccacaramanico, the most fascinating location is the one chosen by Andrea De Liberato, who layed stones on the ground and made them charming by adding the element of leather. During the week the artist produced numerous artifacts expending great energy and reaching a holistic synthesis in the end. The ruins become a scenery in which theatrical acts and sacred balance take place.
Un ricAMO tutto per lei (An embroidery all for you)
Embroidery on white cloth
Suspended on the façade of the residency’s house is located “Un ricAMO tutto per lei” (an embroidery all for you) by Carlotta Valdinoci, an artist with a sensitive soul who enclosed a childish and sometimes senile nature inside her embroidery; with delicate tranquility she created a thread made of stories and traditions by trasporting impalpable characters and places inside the design.
Lorena Florio and Marco de Leonibus
Video, Photography & Sound design
Inside the stable, Lorena Florio’s videos and Marco de Leonibus’ Sounds are intertwined; projected liquids and sad glances are lost into an amniotic fluid producing new life forms. At first glance one is transported by a continuous and iridescent flow capable of bringing one back to old mythological stories, like “The Majella Mother”: a loving mother from whom we let ourselves be cradled. The light, absent in the space, becomes the main element and it gets transformed with surreality from a natural to a purely artificial element.
Alessia Delli Rocioli
Print on plain paper and print from the Etnographic Museum
At lady Angiolina’s old home, unexpectedly, Alessia Delli Rocioli creates her first artwork during the residency by researching the literature about Roccacaramanico, she joins various real facts and then is able to point out the paradox between the state of poverty and the luxury of a designer gown.
Andrea Croce, ― curator
Valentina Colella ― workshop
Andrea Croce, Lorena Florio, Diego Costantini, Filippo Rabottini ― photography, video & sound design
Filippo Rabottini, Marco Farese, Elena Cacciagrano ― music
Michele Sablone ― English translations
Enzo Del Giudice
Cesare Massimo Croce