A project conceived and curated by Raffaella Frascarelli and Sabrina Vedovotto, scientific director Nomas Foundation
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Nomas Foundation presenta ‘rome open city’, curated by Raffaella Frascarelli and Sabrina Vedovotto, which marks the beginning of a mapping of the artists who live and work in Rome, invited to open the doors of their studios to the public to discover in a shared way a new dimension of usability of contemporary art.
The quotation from Roberto Rossellini’s film intends to suggest the link between a past determined to rebuild Italy after the liberation from the Nazi-fascist dictatorship and a present determined to positively redesign the future of the country beyond the pandemic.
Entirely free and non-profit, ‘rome open city’ wants to be the beginning of a new experience of fruition of art, both an aesthetic experience and a sociocultural laboratory between forms of active citizenship and enhancement of the living heritage, made up of contemporary artists, and a relational experience in which contemporary art is considered a common and shareable good.
Until the end of 2021, Raffaella Frascarelli and Sabrina Vedovotto will involve over one hundred female artists, from historicized to mid-career, up to the emerging ones, who animate the town halls of the city with their studios, real workshops of art and making art.
Usually private places, the studios of the artists open up to be spaces for sharing and participation, where the public can discover how their research is born and takes shape.
As soon as the pandemic situation allows it, thanks to the collaboration with the neighborhood associations and the active involvement of the Municipalities, all those who want to make a path of visits to the studios of the artists, can book by sending an email to rca @ nomasfoundation. com and choose from those available on the calendar that will be communicated and shared as soon as the DPCM allows visits in person.
During the live visit you will be able to access the artist’s studio, interact and observe his work, immerse yourself in the materials he uses, discover the research he is working on.
The Social Aesthetic Research Unit, directed by Lia Fassari, DiSSE Department of Social and Economic Sciences Sapienza University of Rome, will hold a series of meetings, talk, seminars scattered in the various Municipalities of the city with the involvement of artists, scholars, experts and, above all, citizens, with the aim of involving and bringing more and more people closer to contemporary art.
Nomas Foundation and the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, in collaboration with MonkeysVideoLab, co-produce a series of docufilms, dedicated to each artist participating in the project.
The docufilms, in Italian and subtitled in English, accessible from the website of ‘rome open city’ and on the Youtube channel of Nomas Foundation, make up the public archive of ‘rome open city’.
Documentaries represent an in-depth tool for female artists and their research themes, giving the public at a distance the opportunity to “enter live” in the places of art production.
The documentaries by Elena Bellantoni, Zaelia Bishop and Leonardo Petrucci are already available on the platform.
Tomorrow, Thursday 15 April 2021 it will be the turn of Josè Angelino’s studio in Pietralata, where Pietro Fortuna had already worked.
Every Thursday, new docufilms will be uploaded on the YouTube channel of Nomas Foundation: the next ones are dedicated to Davide Dormino on April 22nd and Silvia Giambrone on April 29th 2021.
rome open city also includes a series of projects with the scientific direction of Raffaella Frascarelli which constitute further mappings:
• ‘yesterday Today and Tomorrow’ edited by Elisa Genovesi starting from the spirit of the article The painters defend the city, written by Toti Scialoja in 1944 which describes the unity of artists in the face of the Nazi-fascist occupation of the capital, investigates in the present the relationship between female artists and artists of different generations;
• ‘in the Rome of artists and artists’ curated by Julie Pezzali explores the unpublished places of the city with the gaze of the situationist psycho-geography and the invisible cities of Calvino through the urban experience of the artists;
• ‘crossings’ curated by Niccolò Pellegrino is a collective journey into Rome seen from a series of photographic works that embrace every corner and person of the fifteen Municipalities as fragments of the uniqueness of its long history;
• ‘beyond the senses’ curated by Federica Antonucci and Delfina Balistreri it involves people with special sensorialities, blind and deaf, to trace new sensorial maps in the relationship with the work of art and through technology;
• ‘because art elevates us’ curated by Alessia Bonanni is a dialogue that reveals the most intimate and personal bond between artist, work of art and the gaze of those who approach them without filters;
• ‘voices from the city’ edited by Ilaria Monti collects the direct testimonies of the public who will visit the studios highlighting dialogue and participation;
• ‘collateral space’ edited by Arianna Sera defines a map of the artists who live in the small villages and large cities of the Lazio hinterland and the Roman coast;
• ‘multicultural dialogues’ curated by Michele Trimarchi outlines the active presence of non-native artists in the Roman artistic system, in particular in relation to cultural integration and social inclusion.
These Projects will be collected in the section https://romacittaaperta.com/projects where their respective characteristics, implementation times and methods of use will be specified.