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Big Five Biotic Transition




The installation is composed by five lecterns on a table. Each lectern holds a dictionary in one of the five languages of the five biggest economic powers: Chine, US, India, Japan, Russia. The word “extinction” has been underlined in every dictionary, whether it refers to a lack of food resources or the increase of pandemic diseases. The bookmark of each dictionary is tied to five frogs lying on the ground. As it happened in the past, each extinction is followed by the birth of a new species and by a new geological era.

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Casablanca 2064


Children playing without a care in a playground; a sudden storm disturbs the afternoon peace. A catastrophic sequence of floods, inundations, and tornados becomes part of a little girl’s dreams so that she wakes up screaming, overcome with panic by such a terrible but realistic nightmare. This was how the video started, shown at the opening of the Climate Change Conference organised by the United Nations in Copenhagen on 7 December 2009: The representatives from 192 countries worldwide participating in the conference had gathered with the objective of reaching an agreement to reduce fossil energy consumption, one of the main


Al-Ghaib. Aesthetics of Disappearance


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MARCH 15th-JUNE 1st 2011


DOUBLE OPENING: 14th of March and 18th of March 2011 Panel discussion @ 6pm




MARAYA ART CENTRE, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates






Prisoner is a site-specific installation that was created on the occasion of the 11th edition of Agorà – Grandi Formati. Arte in Piazza, a contemporary art exhibition promoted by the town of Bordighera. A large canvas of perforated PVC that lets the light and atmospheric agents filter through, 8 metres above the ground thanks to an impressive steel structure that completely covers a small square in the town’s historic city centre. When raising one’s eyes to the sky visitors see a filter separating them from it, thus experiencing the sensation of disorientation and claustrophobia: the





Rebecca Ballestra talks about neo-cannibalism in her installation Cannibalism, which she designed for the 10th edition of Arte da mangiare- mangiare Arte11: in the garden of Castello Sforzesco in Milan, the artist installed 10 boxes – like the plastic blocks little children play with – on which the images of children from different countries were printed on the upper sides while on the sides were  sentences related to illegal organ trade and the relative prices found on the internet. This is where the pervasiveness and the rapidity of network distribution reveals its dark side: starting in






Rebecca Ballestra submitted her body to a series of purifying ablutions as a sort of physical and spiritual preparation. The set of the performance consisted in 9 red bowlsthe colour red is recurrent throughout her production as the symbol of blood, the heart and life – full of fresh water on which the artist traces handwritten phrases from the poetic text she wrote while staying at Europos Parkas. First of all, along a lake shore and dressed in a long black dress, she carried out a sequence of ablutions on the face, hands, feet before completing the rite by immerging herself in

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Atlantis – Babylon



The title of the series Atlantis is derived from the legend of Atlantis, described for the first time by Plato in Timaeus, in which he describes its ascent, and in Critias, in which hedescribes its fall. The true or presumed existence of the island aside, the tale focuses on a civilisation in which pride and arrogance have driven the men to nourish excessive expansionistic aims, so that the gods decide they need to be punished: “But afterwards
there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune[…] the island of Atlantis in






Seven images show the same number of insects and animals of unlikely dimensions in prestigious palazzi and churches in the city of Genoa. Removed from their natural context, these huge creatures seem to have taken over the buildings built by man to be used over the centuries as the seats of political power, sites of prayer and the homes of nobility. Adorned with frescoes and valuable decorations, these majestic buildings are testimony to what was once ‘the golden age’; an agethat has now been replaced by online casino a present that is full of uncertainty; an age in


From West to East



From West to East is a photograph of New York digitally elaborated so it became the background for the shadows of five bats; this image is shown on a LCD screen, creating an unusual and refined hyper-technological light-box. Bearing in mind that in Chinese the word ‘bat’ is a homophone for the word ‘fortune’ and that in Chinese culture upside symbols mean an event has taken place, the work’s message is clear: the West has now been overtaken by the economic growth of the East and New York, the city that was the prime example in the last century of the apparent


Orto d’artista



Orto d’artista was a project carried out together with the Spanish artist Veronica Cantero Yanez to draw the public’s attention to the complex relations between science, technology and ethics, once again starting with the complex issue of genetically modifie food. Indeed, Orto d’artista presents itself as a real vegetable garden with herbs planted in four wheelbarrows, with the corresponding number of information sheets upon which one can read “public vegetable garden”, “work of art for the general public”, “bio-logical work of art”, “bio-artistic vegetable garden”. Behind them is a huge green sign saying: “Public biological garden. The citizens are kindly requested to take an active role