☀ Zolfo Rosso
ℜ5 Nicola Baratto and Yiannis Mouravas
Nicola Baratto (IT, 1989) and Yiannis Mouravas (GR, 1986) are an artist duo based in the NL. Their collaborative work is based on Archaeodreaming, a research-based artistic practice that questions the fluidity of history via exploring the intersections of archaeology, dreaming, and myth-making. The resulting narratives are told through mixed-media installations, including films, artist books, and sculptures.
↑ Photo by Daphé Hérétakis
During the residency in Alcamo, hosted within MACA - Contemporary Art Museum Alcamo guest house, they developed an Archaeodreaming research project titled Zolfo Rosso. We guided the duo from Monreale to Segesta, from Calatafimi to Mazara del Vallo, scouting locations and meeting locals craftsmen for the production of a bed installation, as part of the scenography for Zolfo Rosso. We met in particular the Monreale-based Tunisian master ceramist Ezzina Chokri and Alcamo-based Falegnameria Ferrantelli, carpenters for generations.
The film investigates the making-of a map of the known world, created in 12th century Sicily by geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi, and commissioned by Norman King of Sicily Roger II. The production will start the next September and it will end with an event within the MACA - Contemporary Art Museum Alcamo.
✱ Party TV, live streaming. Video, sound. 18h 12"
Stress Test #2: 'Horror Vacui'
Director: Andrea Masu
Production: MACA - Museo Arte Contemporanea Alcamo
The second Stresstest is a live stream from the MACA, live on twitch for 18 consecutive hours on 26 and 27 March 2022.
The format is intended as a role-playing game that takes place during the opening of the exhibition of Riccardo D'Avola-Corte and Natália Trejbalová and in the night that follows until dawn. The aim of the game is to survive and discover where evil resides and exorcise it or take it on.
An evil entity takes over the participants of the vernissage forcing them to perform evil acts. Those affected by the evil influence will be weak-minded people already predisposed to evil. Others more resistant to temptation will become the victims.
In the course of the day and night, scenes of terror and accidents ensue until dawn when it is discovered where the nature of evil lies.
When we opened there was only death and our ghosts. From one end of the corridor to the other, they hover five centimetres above the floor, disinterred. It is no longer a question of inlay, the shadows are back, mistakes as many as you like, it is the repulsive human behind the scenes of a collapsing opera. The centre of the set is a purulent organ, at the heart, aimed at the heart.
It is direction in the making, in the complexity of the limit. Experimenting in the laboratory with guinea pigs in the freedom of a small and loose script is the most risky trap a director can choose. It means being on a set, but also not, and so the guinea pigs do whatever the hell they like, stepping outside the boundaries but always remaining inside, carrying the unbearability of the unfolding of existence, which without artifice can only fall into error.
You see these portraits, they are already dead and they don't know it.
I forgot; the black holes in my neural networks. Every time we take a step forward, we have to forget the one before, that's just the way it is. From outside, from the screen or the windows, waiting for things to evolve. I eat your heart, I cut your throat, I shoot you in the head. These holes, wounds, call them what you will, instead retain in the walls of the removed substances, principles of liquid memory. These become red drops, making a sea within a pool.
☀ Il Continente Buio
ℜ4 Riccardo D'Avola-Corte and Natália Trejbalová
13.03 - 29.03.2022
Within the frame of the artistic direction of the MACA - Contemporary Art Museum of Alcamo, we invited in residency Riccardo D’Avola Corte and Natalia Trejbalova. To both, we asked to work within the Human Non Human agency; the workframe of our two years artistic direction. They both decided two work with sculpture. While Riccardo used polyurethane, found plant pieces, chains and spray paint, Natalia worked with building construction materials, chemicals, pigments and 3D printed objects. The two works have been showed within the MACA during “Il continente buio” exhibition.The exhibition presents itself as a mysterious ecosystem that rises and reveals itself towards the surface.
Letting the contradictions emerge, the shadows of a landscape that is still unexplored and alive.
Riccardo D'Avola-Corte (Gaeta, Italy, 1993) lives and works in Rome.
"My work is based on understanding the limits of coexistence, hybridisation, surrogates, the mutability of identity due to external phenomena and changing emotional turmoil. I have developed an imaginary poised between mythology and intimacy, between the misunderstandings that stories and relationships bring out. Sometimes I study the development of the darkest and deepest aspects, sometimes the contradictions and misunderstandings'.
Natália Trejbalová (Košice, Slovakia, 1989) lives and works in Milan. She has participated in various group and solo exhibitions in different institutions and spaces such as MUDAM, Luxembourg; Power Station of Arts, Shanghai; Fotomuseum Winterthur; La Quadriennale, Rome; L'Esprit Nouveau, Bologna; 35m2, Prague; PAV Turin; Regional Art Gallery Pardubice; Gossamer Fog, London; Galerie Charlot, Paris; Fondazione Pini, Milan and others. Trejbalová has been artist-in-residence at Schafhof-Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern, Freising; Kunstststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart; AIR Futura, Prague. Her most recent solo exhibitions include Isle of the Altered Sun at Promise of Kneropy, Bratislava.