Raffaela Naldi Rossano

Art, Milano

Opening 11.03.2021




Opening 11.03.2021

The performance by Raffaela Naldi Rossano is part of a new series of events at Istituto Svizzero, Milano, entitled STATE OF MIND/STATO D’ANIMO.

Starting in autumn 2020 we will retrace the state of the art, the world and the soul through a series of events, which include screenings, dialogues, listening and workshops. STATE OF MIND/STATO D’ANIMO is also nurtured by the recent experience of the pandemic and lockdown, which has taught us, among other things, that reading opens up to new worlds, that people can be close to each other even through the Zoom platform or that taking care of oneself and others is redeeming. Moreover, if on the one hand this period has allowed us to focus, once again, on ourselves, on the other hand it has sensitised our eyes to new and re-evaluated aspects of life: our state of mind and the state of the world. We reflect on the issues that concern us and to which we want to devote ourselves; on the things we can do and what we want to learn; we ask ourselves in what world we live in and under what conditions we want to work. We are convinced that art and culture are fundamental in this context, as they ask questions and provide food for thought.

STATE OF MIND/STATO D’ANIMO’s events are linked to the exhibition programme of Istituto Svizzzero, and also draw on other themes. Participating artists and other actors from the art world to the project, come not only from Switzerland, but also from Italy and the rest of the world.

Raffaela Naldi Rossano (born 1990) lives and works in Naples, Italy. Through the activation of transformation processes, she engages in the investigation of new possible relationships and forms of intimacy, both psychological and socio-economical. Her installations—incorporating a range of different media, from found objects to video, from sculpture to sound, text to performance—are conceived as in-between spaces where meaning around hidden and suppressed histories, individual or collective, is recreated and exposed. Graduated in Psychology, Naldi Rossano obtained an MA in Photography in 2016 from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a research about post-historical identity and intergenerational transmission, titled Say Hello Back to a Phantomatic Present: Perform Heritage and Inhabit History. She is currently working on an on-going research and film project, titled Tessitura/Warp, which revolves around the myth of the Siren Parthenope—the founding myth of the city of Naples—utilised here as a shared space/narrative and an open container of confessions. The scope of the project is to metaphorically rewrite the founding mythologies of places of worship in Southern Italy and Greece, in order to bring to the foreground female figures and stories alternative to academic history, mythology and religion.
Founder of the platform Residency 80121 in Naples, Raffaela Naldi Rossano is one of the participating artists in the 2020 edition of the Art Quadriannale of Rome. Among her recent exhibitions: Waves between Us, Fondazione Sandretto, Guarene,  I Confess, der TANK, Basel (2019); Doing Deculturalization, Museion, Bolzano (2019); Partenope, Aetopoulos, Athens (2019); May the Bidges I Burn Light the Way, Manifesta 5x5x5, Palermo (2018).


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