Purgatory of Spring - La Seminatrice, The Seeder, (from reharsal), Tenuta dello Scompiglio, SPE, ‘On Death and Dying’ Art for Environment Residency in collaboration with University of Arts London, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno, 2018.  Photo: courtesy the artist & Tenuta dello Scompiglio

Purgatory of Spring - Eden, 2018, courtesy the artist 

Purgatory of Spring -Preghiera, Fattoria Vittadini, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano Musei Civici, 2019. Photo Courtesy the artist 

Purgatory of Spring 

The work explores the aesthetics of a post-apocalyptic landscape in which the late-capitalist collapse of mankind and the scenario of prehistory coincide each other for their figurative aspects. It consists of three chapters. Each of them is a performance which sets fictional elements throughout a concrete action:
La seminatrice, Eden and Preghiera.

Purgatory of Spring I, La Seminatrice (2018):

Conceived at Tenuta dello Scompiglio during the residency ‘Of Death and Dying’ in collaboration with University of Arts London as W inner Project of Art For Environment Residency promoted by UAL Centre for Sustainable Fashion, the performance stages a dystopian scenario of non-fertility where the performer is a reaper of a dry soil.

She sows dried out branches into topsoil, then she uprootes them, she repeats the action all along the space and into all vases.

Purgatory of Spring II, Eden (2018):

A young man and a woman pick up dried branches from a tree and attempt to rebuild the garden of Eden in a post-industrial building surrounded by city noises.

Realised with the support of Fondazione Armonie D’Arte 

Purgatory of Spring III, Preghiera (2019):
Winner project for The Workroom Fattoria Vittadini residency 2019 at Fabbrica Del Vapore, Fondazione Milano Musei Civici, Milan, IT with the participation of ScarlattineProgetti, Viafarini, Ramaya Ariella Vidach|DidStudio, Studio Azzurro.

The last human on earth inhabits a state of imbalance while she is holding and attempting to play an horn. When the horn sounds, fertility becomes possible on Earth. The condition of imbalance, given by her feet standing on a tiny surface which is unbalanced itself, makes the performer uncomfortable to be able to play the horn, the fertile sound. The performance consists of this constant and unreacheable desire.



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