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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




The Filters performance is inspired by the theme of travel, of movement and of migration from one place to another, and by the subsequent increase in the filters used for checking people and containing the spread of diseases, with special regard to the problem of pandemics. Which is the new border of the future? There won’t be more geographical, political or religious borders, the future border will be the same individual, everybody will be the border of themselves. The danger of pandemics projects each of us into total isolation where




The photograph of two fighting cocks facing each other is placed on a transparent Plexiglas box full of coloured feathers. Immobile, they are lying on the bottom of the container, as if a cease-fire between the two adversaries has been declared, although the outcome is unknown. The agitation of the fight makes the two animals’ bodies almost blend together so it is impossible to distinguish one from the other; for the artist this image is a metaphor of a future fight betweenhuman beings to hoard resources; to make the message even more explicit, she decided to set the fight against an arid,


Suspended Time



Suspended Time is a five-photograph series taken during a trip to Costa Rica in 2007.The sensation that time has stopped in the face of an expanded natural area that expands and grows bigger and bigger, making man small and insignificant, is at the heart of this work; it was created with the digital addition of human elements in the natural context.

Supended Time è una serie di cinque fotografie realizzata durante un viaggio in Costarica nel 2007. La sensazione che il tempo si sia fermato di fronte ad uno spazio naturale esteso che si dilata e giganteggia rendendo l’essere umano piccolo e insignificante,


I want to be Western








Wen Chin is Catholic



Wen Chin Fu is a Catholic Taiwanese who found in this religion an aspect that is lacking in her cultural tradition – the importance of the individual. Rebecca decided to take Wen Chin to a small village in South Italy where Catholicism is still deeply rooted and has preserved all its visible ritual and mystic characteristics. Followed by around 1.2% of the population, in Taiwan Catholicism has become part of a tradition that bases its roots on religious conceptions and philosophical systems – such as Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and other archaic pantheist religions – that do not recognise the transcendent aspect of


The Weight of the Human Being

The Weight of the Human Being,is an installation completed in 2007 for the group exhibition Doppio Gioco. This site-specific installation was made up of two blow-ups on two of the windows of the Loggia, two television screens and various golden coloured stones arranged on the floor. The photomacrographs depict a young girl, both in profile and frontally, holding some golden stones – the only coloured element that exalts the black/white of the picture. With her eyes open and shedding a tear, or with her eyes closed and her head tilted backwards, the young woman seems to be trying to take her eyes


Kisses from China





The installation Kisses from China focuses on the need to ‘reckon’ with the new Chinese super power that is changing both the political and economic balance on the world scales. And it is precisely the vastity of China that can be seen in this installation: its impressiveness is dictated by the compact, orderly presence of every single element, from the serial nature of the flags that are placed in an orderly row, one after the other. In the artist’s vision, the image of a country whose strength lies in its cultural traditions, and the principles of work and family, is translated into the nationalistic


L’albero Sonoro



The Song Tree is a site specific project specially designed for Palazzo Borea Sanremo. For the occasion, the Taiwanese composer Wen Chi Fu composed an original music inspired by the theme of the installation: the  legendary “Talking Tree”(Tree song), which according to ancient mythology, check the navel of the world and touched the North Star. The talking tree creates a musical bridge between heaven and earth, a link between man and  the universe. The tree is the  image of sound origin of the world, where before the figures and faces, there were rhythm and melody. The

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The Future is Near



A three-dimensional cartoon shows the aerial view of a typical cosmopolitan city with soaring skyscrapers. Black birds, a bad omen, are moving in flocks on the rooftops of the high buildings with an inauspicious sound track in the background. Below the screen is a book for the viewer: written by the Argentine Marcos Rosenzvaig playwright especially for this work, “The Scrolls of the Dead Planet” describe the rediscovery in 2050 of ancient manuscripts in a bottle in which a sage rabbi describes the conquest of an entire planet driven by money: the earth, now nothing more than trade goods, has thus come

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Essay on the Principle of Population




Essay of the Principle of the Population combines the bidimensional aspect with a tridimensional object : eight texts in red frames, arranged in two rows, are placed above the same number of plastic red hands opened towards the viewer. The sculptural value of the whole lies in the chromatic contrast of the red and white that alternate in the different elements. The colour red is recurrent in Rebecca Ballestra’s work as the versatile metaphor of love, sin, blood and death, but in 2009 it also became an element she used to attract the viewer’s attention: here, the red hands and frames are a