Lucca, the Mediterranean and listening in the artistic research of Anna Raimondo

Running from May 18 to Sept. 29 at Tenuta Dello Scompiglio in Capannori, Lucca, is Anna Raimondo's exhibition that explores listening and the sea through the voices that have hitherto been submerged and swallowed.

TheDello Scompiglio Cultural Association, as part of the 2024 programming presents from May 18 to September 29, 2024 at Tenuta Dello Scompiglio in Lucca the exhibition Appunti dal mare by Anna Raimondo curated by Angel Moya Garcia. The Campania-based artist’s research exploreslistening as a political and aesthetic experience, using sound as a device to construct relational environments from a transfeminist perspective, likely to open new fields of inquiry. Through voice, between performance and sound art, her work proposes a negotiation between verbal and nonverbal communication. The exhibition sees the confluence of two works in which voice becomes a sounding board for the migration issue that grips the current sociopolitical configuration around the Mediterranean. In the video “Mediterranean,” an empty glass placed in the center of the frame is slowly filled by an uninterrupted succession of water drops dyed blue, while the artist’s off-voice incessantly repeats the word “Mediterranean.” The hypnotic image of the slowly rising water level contrasts with a crisp voice that, after a few minutes, gradually begins to tire and then breaks, chokes and finally drowns. In the sound installation “Derrière la mer,” on the other hand, a space completely painted blue contains a selection of memories and interpretations of the sea, by a range of people from different cultural and geographical backgrounds, who are brought into dialogue with Quranic and biblical passages dealing with the same presence of the sea. The result is a sound composition based on a graphic score in which the registers of the spoken world and that of opera converge.

The score, performed by Edyta Jerzeb and Jérôme Porsperger, is conceived in three parts that address as many facets of the sea: the first movement, " Toward the sea," invokes sensual perceptions and relationships; the second, " Crossing the sea," evokes the dangers it can pose; and the third and final, " Beyond the sea," offers visions and reflections on the symbolic end of the sea itself. A vocal journey between cultures, languages and multiple visions of the sea in which it emerges as an element impossible to crumble and not meant to divide. The exhibition thus becomes an attempt to lay the foundations of a new paradigm in which the voices that have so far been silenced, submerged, swallowed or ignored can also be accommodated.

Notes on the artist

Anna Raimondo lives in Brussels and works internationally. She is currently pursuing doctoral research on listening and its relation to urban geography from an intersectional feminist perspective. Raimondo has participated in numerous local international exhibitions and festivals, including the first edition of the Malta Biennale (2024); “Fluxus” at McaM Shanghai in 2023 (CN); the group exhibition “Sound without music” at Casino Forum d’Art Contemporain in 2022 (LU), manifest13 in Marseille in 2020 (FR); the solo exhibition “Fronte Nazionale Naso Partenopeo” at Albumarte in 2020 in Rome (IT); the solo exhibition “Nada que declarar” at Centro Cultural Matienzo in Buenos Aires in 2019 (AR, curator: Tam Ciai Painé); “Bienal Sur” in Buenos Aires in 2019 (AR); “Seremos serias de la manera más alegre” at CAso- Casa del Bicentenario in Buenos Aires in 2018 (AR, curator: Florencia Curci); the group exhibition “Invisible” as part of the Dakar Biennial in 2018 (SN, curator: Alya Sebti); the group exhibition “Africa is not an island” at MACAAL in Marrakech in 2018 (MA); “New frontiers of vaginal ecosystem wellness” at the Ex Elettrofonica gallery in Rome in 2017 (IT, curator: Lucrezia Cippitelli); “Nous serions sérieux de la manière la plus heureuse” at the Cube - independent art room in Rabat in 2017 (MA); “Will you take me to the sea? ” at MAAC in Brussels in 2016 (BE, curators: Nancy Casielles and Nancy Suárez). Her radio works have been broadcast in several countries and in various languages on stations such as Kunst Radio, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, RAI, RTBF, etc.

Practical information

Tickets: € 5.00

Hours: Thu-Fri h. 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun h. 3-7 p.m., or by appointment

Lucca, the Mediterranean and listening in the artistic research of Anna Raimondo
Lucca, the Mediterranean and listening in the artistic research of Anna Raimondo

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