Rossella Biscotti unravels layers of meaning and relational networks, as well as collective or individual imaginaries that alter the authorised version of the world in which we live. For the exhibition at Fabra i Coats, curated by Joana Hurtado, Biscotti presents two large installations, The City and The Journey, accompanied by two respective sculptural works, Trees on Land and Drifting. In between, a work connects them physically and conceptually: A Conductor, a recycled cable from a decommissioned nuclear power station that is connected to the Art Centre’ electrical supply and provides power for the entire exhibition.
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On the ground floor, the site of The City takes us underground to interpret, preserve, and archive the remains of a prehistoric city. However, this creates a void where there was none, while generating new layers of decontextualised meaning (diaries, boxes, digital databases…. Similarly, the ceramics in Trees on Land, made from olive ash and clay, speak of the void left by the incinerated trees, burned in an attempt to contain the spread of a devastating plant bacteria. Excavation as an interpretative opening meets extraction as a hole that we actively manipulate from the present. A Conductor is an example of the interests hidden in a material that the artist reuses to reconnect with society. By pointing out burning issues as energy wars, nuclear power, environmental regulation and recycling, Biscotti creates a small short-
On the upper floor, the imageless narrative of The Journey immerses us in the sea, expanding the acoustic and metaphorical range of the 20-
Downstairs, darkness and emptiness forced us to sharpen our vision to search for traces of humanity and see to what extent we manipulate and transform our environment; upstairs, light and amplification of the most indiscernible kinds invite us to sharpen our hearing, to make evident the myriad interests surrounding us, and at the same time, to devote time and attention to what has been forgotten or neglected. Thus, Biscotti reveals what is usually unseen or deliberately overlooked, either because it is not perceptible, or is deliberately hidden. The lack of an absolute image or perspective that can unify the multiplicity of views and voices not only serves to reflect on the articulation of societies, present or past, but also allows for new perceptions of our commitment to the environment.
Exhibition 18 November 2023 -
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Rossella Biscotti:  The Journey. Performance view, Mediterranean Sea, 2021. For Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels. Photo: Alexandra Pace.  Black Box, 2015. Photograph.  The City, 2016.