in collaboration with Camilla Alberti
Curated by spazioSERRA
Critical text by Luana Corrias
On display from 19/01/2022 to 16/02/2022
Opening Wednesday 19/01/2022 at 19:00
Lancetti railway station, Milan
Clarissa Falco (Genoa, Italy, 1995) and Camilla Alberti (Milan, Italy, 1994) met at the NABA in Milan where they attended the three-year course in visual arts and the two-year specialization in curatorial studies together. Clarissa works, as a visual artist and performer, on issues related to the body, reflecting on its condition in a constant dialogue with mechanical elements that hybridize it within the complex contemporary fabric. Camilla works, as a visual artist, on the ways in which the world is constantly built and inhabited, paying attention to the relationships between the different living species and the space that surrounds them.
Luana Corrias (Busto Arsizio, Italy, 1995) lives and works in Berlin, where she pursues her artistic practice. She studied Visual Arts and Visual Cultures at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. Currently she dedicates herself to writing, experimenting with the different forms of narrative language. She places as the center of her focus the processes related to the redefinition of parental figures and the possible declinations of the concept of family.
Mirrored in Spectral Machines
Mirrored in Spectral Machines is the site-specific exhibition by Clarissa Falco, in collaboration with Camilla Alberti, proposed within venerazioneMUTANTE, the exhibition season of spazioSERRA dedicated to the transformation of site-specific works during their permanence. The exhibition is visible from Wednesday 19 January 2022 to Wednesday 16 February 2022 at the Lancetti railway station.
Mirrored in Spectral Machines is a project born from the hybridization of two artistic researches. Clarissa Falco's research revolves around the terms "machine" and "body", paying attention to machinic life through the use of mechanical and industrial elements, such as engines, scaffolding and gears, with which she builds utopian machines that do not work, "sterile bodies" that oppose the dynamics of categorization that characterize our days: if something does not work, society puts it aside and this also happens with our bodies.
At the same time, Camilla Alberti's research focuses on the concepts of "monster" and "ruins": abandoned places and objects, deprived of their belonging, become dynamic spaces in which hybrid species between organic and inorganic collaborate, engaging different living and constructive methods.
Mirrored in Spectral Machines investigates the relationship between the living body and the machine, which takes shape in the dialogue between five structures, five sterile bodies, and the living plant elements that share space with them. The lace inserts, similar to spider's web for texture and lightness, are placed in contrast with the hardness and artificiality of the mechanical elements. A living, dynamic and changing habitat over time is reproduced within spazioSERRA; a decentralized place, which emerges from the dichotomous nature/culture, machinic/organic paradigm, creating a single narrative flow where transformation, metamorphosis and dynamism become the foundations.
If I look at you, I don't know who you are. I have been waiting for your transformation for several days, but I keep wondering when you will start to change. What should I wait for? Do you think you will come to life? Are you already life?
From the critical text by Luana Corrias
The space we live in is a complex place, made up of stratifications, collaborations, multiple paradigms and temporal spheres. Every organic or inorganic being contributes to the continuous construction of the world in a dynamic relationship impossible to stop. The human paradigm of eternal development and accumulation based on static ideologies is now unsustainable. We need to rewrite the social contract, redefine our being in the world and the way we build it through hybrid narratives, dynamic aimed at interspecies collaboration.