IN-VISIBILE

The art of making the invisible visible

Artistic and theatrical actions between prison and city



a project by 
Museo Nazionale del Ducato - Rocca Albornoziana,
Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo
Casa di Reclusione di Spoleto
Compagnia #SIneNOmine - Istituto Sansi Leonardi Volta - Liceo artistico sez. carceraria
SITI Social Innovation Through Imagination - Ambasciata Rebirth

curated by
Stefania Crobe
Giorgio Flamini
Rosaria Mencarelli



Inspired by the poetic of the Third Paradise by Michelangelo Pistoletto, a subjective and collective "rebirth" through art. in-VISIBILE  is set up as a workshop process, performative action and artistic practice: Love Boxes, sensory and theatrical installation; Imago, educational, formative path and urban route which crosses the city; CLOSE/D, icon-sonic work of art produced with the inmates by the artist and composer Yuval Avita.
An artistic path partaken by prisoners, citizens, schools, museum visitors to give voice to "the imperceptible" and "make the invisible visible".

LOVE BOXES
from June 25 to October 30 
theatrical performance on Sunday 3 and Friday 8 July at 17:00

curated by Giorgio Flamini, Rosaria Mencarelli
with Diletta Masetti, Sara Ragni, Loretta Buonamente and inmates of the company #SIneNOmine
sound designer Maurizio Bergmann
set design and sculptures Giorgio Flamini and Giuseppe Mascaro
scenographers and technicians inmates of Artistic Lyceum
we express our thanks to the Director of the Correctional Facility Luca Sardella, the Commander Marco Piersigilli, the educators, agents and inspectors of the Penitentiary Police Corps and the school director prof.ssa Roberta Galassi 

Following a trajectory that we now recognize as Giorgio Flamini’s artistic brand, Love Boxes moves along four coordinates: it is political gesture, literary action, visual performance and theatrical event. On stage there are huge boxes/cages where disiecta membra (scattered fragments) of actors’/inmates’ naked limbs, heads, portions of bust can be seen while voices recite poems and prose, alluding to a possible emotional horizon.
Doubly closed, brought back to pure corporeality, dissected, deprived of the unity which makes them people, the protagonists of Love Boxes speak about affective deprivation, which is an integral part of the punishment, and narrate the harshness of this condition without indulgence.
But from where does the statuary beauty which, even if in pieces, is shown to the spectator come from? From which source can words draw the strength which allows it to cross the border and the limit imposed? What is the horizon that the actor-inmate imprisoned in that box manages to see and sing, if the spectator does not even catch a glimpse of him?
Love Boxes is an individual experience, so intense to cause discomfort, repulsion, pain and devoid of an anchor of easy hope but, for this, the bearer of profound reflections.

VOICES, SOUNDS AND NOISES FROM PRISON  
from June 25 to October 30 

curated by Giorgio Flamini and Rosaria Mencarelli

"Voices sounds and noises" from everyday prison life, evoke the recent past of the Rocca Albornoziana, accompany the visitor from the outside to the "inside", lead him through the Museum of the Duchy in another dimension of possible dialogues. The works done in the Museum: funerary articles, altarpieces, crosses, animate and filter sensory transits, showing the intramoenia(within the walls) of the Maiano House of Imprisonment. The penitentiary city becomes less invisible in the same spaces that housed the prisoners from 1814 to 1982.

IMAGO the in-visible road to Rebirth-day
presentation June 25, 2016
from September 2016 to February 2017
  
Always in the name of Rebirth-day by Michelangelo Pistoletto, two worlds divided and reciprocally non-visible figuratively intertwine and join. Between the two emergencies - the invisible city of Maiano, inserted in the urban fabric, and the fortress that dominates the historical city - an ideal and real relationship is created, a connection of symbolic messages to generate new meanings. This is a large scale operation which involves the entire community: young people, students, families, detainees. Everyone is a main actor of the new relationship between the two most important architectural complexes of the Spoleto territory. It is in-VISIBILE educational, an educational and formative trans-generational path on the poetics of Rebirth-day and on the art that makes the in-VISIBLE visible. In an urban route, signs, visions, words in movement in the city, on the walls of the Rocca Albornoziana and facades of the prison tower create the "generative womb of a new humanity". in-VISIBILE thus becomes the meeting and the relation ground between prisoners and those free, place of comparison that identifies in the Rocca the space and time of moderation and dialogue.

CLOSE/D
by Yuval Avital
Icon-sonic installation for loudspeakers and screens with detainees  
presentation June 25 or 26, 2016
from January to June 2017 

curated by Stefania Crobe 

The term icon-sonic, created by Yuval Avital in 2008, describes a multi-sensory, visual and aural artistic action to evoke a symbol, a field of transversal investigation, an archetype. Similarly to what happens with the classic iconography, this kind of work is of immediate and incisive interpretation for those who encounter it.
Starting from these assumptions, CLOSE/D uses a game of words that evokes, on one hand, a position of proximity, for time and conditions, and on the other, a condition of closure and deprivation. It is an artistic process partaken by detainees which, through sensitive rationality, proposes an "other" interpretation of prison reality and reinstates it through two installations, iconography and sound together, distinct but related.
The first one is a sound installation that took shape in the voices that were collected during a workshop of "crowd music" conducted by Avital in prison and will dwell in the courtyard of the Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto through a "forest of speakers". A work where the common denominator among the numerous and diverse vocal elements will be "the intimate voice" of sounds, whispers or voice messages audible only from close up.
The sound becomes an image in the second installation, inside the museum, where a series of screens reflect "postcards of silent interviews", silent portraits but of great communicative power.
CLOSE/D is configured as a work with the detainees, not about the detainees. In CLOSE/D, the distance, the border, the house, the mother, the harshness and the vulnerability are narrated without words by inmates: a postcard from across the border, nearby and profound at the same time. There is no judgment nor demagogic position, but it intends to reveal an intimate and humane layer of persons normally unapproachable and "ostracized" by society.



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