CLAUDIA LOSI: Being There. Oltre il giardino

Italiano (Italian)

“Being There. Oltre il giardino” opened on Friday,  3rd of June 2022 as the is the final show of the two-years project by artist Claudia Losi. The project, curated by Leonardo Regano, is promoted by Rocca Roveresca di Senigallia (IT), institute of the Marche Regional Museum Directorate in collaboration with NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem (IL) CIMEC-Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento and Rovereto, Maramotti Collection of Reggio Emilia (IT), Accademia di Belle Arti d’Urbino (IT) and it is realized thanks to the support of the Italian Council (IX edition, 2020), a program for the promotion of Italian contemporary art in the world, by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.

With the project “Being There. Oltre il giardino” Claudia Losi continues her personal reflection on the complex bond connecting the human being and the land; on how the human imagination is deeply rooted in the relationship with the space it inhabits and the language with which it communicates.

The artist works on the ambiguity of the idea of landscape, the meaning attributed, today and in different places, to the word “natural” and on the perception of the environment around us, on the blurred boundary between natural and man-made realities. Losi suggests a discussion on these issues, linking very different realities such as Singapore, a city-island near the Equator, devoted to an idea of the future which sees the relationship with the natural environment as central and controversial;  Israel, a land in which the idea of natural place and territory take on particular socio-political and philosophical features. And Italy, her homeland, with its strong, layered landscape tradition and complex anthropic dynamics.  Countries in which the relationship between what is “natural”, anthropic, literary, political feeds macro narratives of inexhaustible complexity.

This line of research achieves a project launched in 2006 (with a collective journey to St Kilda, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland) and which continued in 2016 during her personal “How do I imagine being there” at the Maramotti Collection of Reggio Emilia.

Losi set up a comparison starting from the idea of a natural place analyzed through specific calls and workshops, meetings and exhibitions, relaunched by the various partner organizations.

CLAUDIA LOSI: Being There. Oltre il giardino

“Being There. Oltre il giardino” has symbolically begun with an online-workshop in March 2021 from NTU Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore, where she has been artist-in residence in 2017.

Between November and December 2021, the Hansen House cultural centre in Jerusalem hosted – along with a conference held by the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design – a selection of Losi’s works and a performance. In December 2021, a workshop was held for the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino. In February 2022 the artist visited for a few days the CIMeC – Center for Interdisciplinary Mind / Brain of the Universities of Trento and Rovereto, where she presented the project in a dialogue with the researchers of the institute.

The visual and narrative contributions collected during these different experiences based on research and active involvement, have been elaborated for the realization of a new operation:

Oltre il giardino, made for the Rocca Roveresca in Senigallia, is a huge jacquard fabric 18 meters long – realized in collaboration with the centre of research on fabric Lottozero in Prato, in collaboration with  Aròmata loom lab  in Pistoia – displaying a graphic elaboration of the contributions the artist collected during all the different phases of the project. The work of art is therefore configured as a large visual diary depicting “Being There. Oltre il giardino” in its entirety and complexity.

A multitude of choral and heterogeneous reflections – different languages, different authors and different media – about the theme of perception of a natural place have been translated by Losi into suggestions able to create a coherent and unheard account of her research experience.

The ancient, large spaces on the first floor of the Rocca Roveresca host a site specific set of the fabric designed to display the vision in a single and continuous flow, where images and words can be freely heard and juxtaposed.

The exhibition is completed with three massive works from Ossi  (2019), a clay metaphor of a fragile shelter apparently built from the ribs of a large marine animal; a black / white embroidered photo on fabric (Marmagne3, 1999) and several everyday objects in aluminum and papier maché plants, entitled Cose che sono cose (2015).

On the occasion of Claudia Losi’s residence in Lottozero, three books/works of art were produced in fabric and embroidery, one of these will be displayed at Collezione Maramotti, next November together with an artist book published by VIAINDUSTRIAE, in Foligno, to account a poetic-theory of this real and imaginary long journey.

Claudia Losi works with different media such as site-specific installations and performances, sculpture, photography, video and textile works. Recent solo exhibitions include: AssabOne, Milan; a.topos/Ikon Gallery, Venice 2021 Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Zuoz-CH, Museo Carlo Zauli Faenza; MAMbo, Bologna, 2020; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2019 and Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, 2016. She has also shown work at La Maréchalerie, Versailles; the MAXXI Museum, Rome; MAGASIN, Grenoble; Royal Academy, London. In 2008 she had a solo show at Museo Marino Marini, Florence, and at the Stenersen Museum, Oslo. In 2007 she took part in the Sharjah Biennial 8, United Arab Emirates, and in 2016 at the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China.  In 2021 he publishes (Ita/Eng) The Whale Theory. Un immaginario animale, Johan&Levi and Voce a vento, Kunstverein Publishing.

Claudia Losi, Being There. Oltre il Giardino, ph. Ela Bialkowska, OKNOstudiio (Dettaglio)