curated by Chiara Pirozzi
February 2019 - May 2019
The Made in Cloister Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the Soap Opera exhibition by Nuvola Ravera (Genoa, 1984), created in collaboration with the architect Giuseppe Ricupero and curated by Chiara Pirozzi. The opening will take place on Friday 15 February at 6.30 pm at the the Lab.Oratorio space, a project space dedicated to research, experimentation and exposure for the young contemporary art scene.
Nuvola Ravera's research, which often links the biographical dimension to a psychic reading of places through the creation of ephemeral devices, is perfectly in sync with the experimental and mobile dimension that a space like Lab.Oratorio has.
Nuvola Ravera has conceived a site-specific installation after a period of research on the territory and of production, carried out with the Neapolitan workers specialized in artisan saponification. Starting from here the artist has transformed the exhibition space as if it were a site of archaeological digs and, at the same time, a domestic-urban carpet.
Nuvola Ravera traces on the floor a series of rooms testified, at present, by the remains of a pre-existing pavement, partly emerged and partly lost. The research of Nuvola Ravera links the concepts of the common and monumental good with the actions of its protection and conservation, observing the limits and the obligations referring to these and finding again
in the use of a soluble material like soap, the symbolic key to a sensitive and always interpretable balance.
If these suggestions came to the artist from a study of the history and everyday life of the Lanificio in Porta Capuana, further inspiration came from analizing the landscape of the city of Naples, its stratifications, its intertwining architectures, its the smells and odors, as that of the soap, that comes from homes and that connects the interior of the house with the outside world, tracing a perceptual geography of the urban space.
In Soap Opera the artist develops a longitudinal narration that undermines the exhibition space, drawing a constantly interrupted and jagged path, in disappearance, which temporally crosses physical places and layers of memory, photographing the remains of an era not yet passed, to be released from the fever of custody of the cultural good, at the same time imbued with an intimacy, private and domestic, in continuous transformation.
The exhibition was realized thanks to the support of MiBAC and SIAE as part of the "Sillumina - Private copy for young people and culture" initiative and enjoys the support of SuperOtium for the artist's residence.
Nuvola Ravera was born in Genoa in 1984. She studied in the Department of Painting at the Ligustica Academy of Fine Arts - Genoa, she attended a masters degree on contemporary photography at Cfp Bauer- Milan, the Cinema and video course at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst - Leipzig. She has worked with several artists in the production of selected projects including Armin Linke in Berlin, Bouchra Khalili in Genoa and Giorgio Andreotta Calò. She is presently living and working in Venice where in 2016/17 she participated in the residency program of Bevilacqua La Masa and is currently finishing the IUAV university in the Visual Arts department. She has exhibited and collaborated with various institutions including: Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Genoa; Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples; Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation; Aveiro Museum; Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz; Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; Venice Biennale. She appeared in the publications: Lady Dior, as seen by a new generation of Italian artists, Mousse Publishing; Genoa Ventimiglia Genoa, Humboldt Books. She was nominated by the magazine Artribune as the best young Italian artist for 2017. Her research mixes the pursuit of almost magical "appearances" or superstitions with elements from the world of science. She experiments with different types of perceptive deconstruction, discussing the excess of domestication necessary for the functioning of overcrowded societies through the problematization of the meaning of care, community and memory conservation. She is interested in various disciplinary fields from which she draws inspiration to develop devices that aim to bring out the psyche of places and to build plastic worlds that stress the norm and the orders of the human tissue in relation to the environment.
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