May 28, 2024


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Raffaela Naldi Rossano, Le Nemesiache, Giuseppe Desiato “How She Spins” at Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels


“How She Spins” — curated by Sonia D&#8217Alto — delivers jointly a assortment of operates that share a performative practice addressing language as a variety of rebellion and ceremonial celebration. The present day mythology and cartography of the artist is replaced by de-egoisated subjectivities, geographically deriving from the coasts and the metropolis of Naples, while belonging to various existences. Committed to the practice of Raffaela Naldi Rossano and expanded by means of a dialogue with functions by Giuseppe Desiato and Le Nemesiache, the exhibition challenge explores possibilities to revisit and rewrite narratives and mythologies of modernity, with thanks to ritual and spiritual interventions. Raffaela Naldi Rossano (1990, Naples) has established her follow at the intersection of write-up-historic narratives, magical language and the rewriting of Mediterranean mythology, breaking down the bonds of language and logic of secularised electric power. Her work evokes a political and non secular confabulation dependent on gestures, stories, and the restoration and invention of symbols, bodies and objects. Oracular fortellings, divinations, regressive hypnosis, and ephemeral steps tell her exercise on display, which dialogues with the personal and ritualistic inventive practices of other individuals that target on sinking the character of existence in the transformation a perpetual distinction with a preset identification. Giuseppe Desiato (1935, Naples) embodies the rejection of the artist’s identification by enjoying the role of a popular storyteller, embracing the activities of the every day. In his function Desiato addresses tales of the previous and existing lifestyle within just the restrictions of acceptability from the program of social languages. Le Nemesiache collective, founded by the thinker, artist and author Lina Mangiacapre in 1970, embeds mythological methodologies in feminism. The group proposes a unique viewpoint on the romantic relationship with the world of ‘work and the economy’, functioning jointly to make multi-disciplinary jobs involving re-creating, re-visiting and re-staging of previous storytellings in get to invoke ancestors, beings and entities. In this regard, the exhibition job adopts a transhistorical method that experiments with temporalities. The constellation of drawings and shifting photographs that traverse the area of the gallery articulate an emanation of several realities, through is effective of a pluralized ‘I’, of a doubling ‘me’. The title of the exhibition, “How She Spins” refers to a tarot card 1, Wheel of Time. This card bears the selection 23, symbolically resonating with the several meanings inside Naldi Rossano’s site unique drawing installation for the demonstrate 2 and the process of treatment and weaving that characterises both of those her drawing and her do the job in standard. The 23 drawings on salt-washed paper are realised via ritual materiality and composed of symbols and secret codes. In the space, they compose the script of a divination: traces of purification and initiation for distinctive and option kinds of worlding. The drawings are an endeavor to create an alphabet whose narration agency is inscribed in the human body unconsciously: indicators of a script that would like to prevail over the room and time paradigm of our lifestyle. Symbols and traces from the drawings not only search for a various language and entire world, but embody the energy of intuitive motivation, moving toward the unspeakable. Just about every drawing, immersed in sea salt water resonates with particular, solitary and collective rituals. Made on cotton paper from Amal, sprinkled with natural and organic resources these kinds of as sand and mended in a continual gesture of fixing and reworking, the do the job is positioned and framed on mirrors. Because historic instances, water and reflective surfaces have been deemed a resource of magical power and prophetic visions. Also, the mirror suggests a sense of relationality, like the mutual existential transformation that guides the gesture and the forming of their remaining. In the identical spatial script, Giuseppe Desiato’s works on paper reveal the chromatic and formal refined care of his perform. The rigidity does not renounce joy nor vitality of an erotic and mystic method of development. His drawings unfold ancestral contradictions and sensibility eradicated in Mediterranean culture, emanating poetical and political sensation from and past its cultural restrictions. With Desiato as with Le Nemesiache, Naldi Rossano shares ephemeral processes, expressed by ritualistic parts of their operates, articulating an try to triumph over the electricity and social structure by symbolic and sacred things. Temporal and subjective rhythms of bodies are presented by means of artworks in a way that destabilises the rational sign-up and re-constructions the method of language and electricity on which it is constructed. In the movie ‘Le Sibille’ 3 Le Nemesiache provides a ritual to disclose an archaic and mythic previous to denounce the historic and existing violence suffered by gals and to categorical the consciousness of the environment’s and social anomalies. The Sibyls, mythical and allegorical figures, are decided on as a symbol for their potential to predict the potential, embodying insurrectional spirituality and ritual celebration. The women’s bodies, the landscape and props of the movie, present poetry by way of rituals embodied exercise wholly unique from the linear structure of our language. Naldi Rossano mirrors a distinct path, wheeling a journey that crosses the sea and its islands, chasing the powerfully billed origins of arcaich (pre-typical) rituals about the mediterranean sea, which disrupted the regular thought of domesticity and social convention. The divination by now displays yet another vision: “La casa sarà sempre la chimera, basa il tuo istinto sull’incontro” 4. A metal fence 5, whose surface area gathers messages, carries on to website link to the overall body and the unconscious. The irrational, emotional and magical sphere grow to be the insurrection to language and cultural norms influencing the will for the issue to escape from the perception technique. The come upon about the railing is a ‘Chimera’, a female monstrosity:

I am Medusa, a single of numerous monsters, a single of the unacknowledged sovereigns […] Formidable Gorgon.
I am she. Shez me. My sisters, Stheno and Euryale, howl with ferocity and mourning and rage. We are.
Monster Women. So several several many extra of us. My sisters. My kin 6.

Historic narratives and classical fiction are reversed and re-addressed by a plurality of voices: the seem of waves, the echo of several waters, the voices of diverse sirens, the seduction of legendary figures. She spins the wheel, poetically. She has turn into an autobiographical fragment, whose wants and uncertainty crash on the shores of a city to be re-located from the source. Parallels and sundials mingle with a new language, ceremonially infused. Oppressive buildings of meaning and narration inscribed in just the language have been refused. She is getting a ‘prophet of the present’ 7, lying beyond the realm of info and exceeding a linguistic map 8. emerging from spiritual interaction and making imaginative alternatives. Within just this realm of imaginary and sacred languages, she spins multifarious choices of meanings. Getting is a trace of existence and an affirmation of erotic and mystic electric power, changing the present modes of notion and illustration, transcending the current hegemony. Prophecy is not a prediction of the upcoming, but an consciousness of what is not recognised or perceived.

— Sonia D’Alto

at Damien & The Really like Guru, Brussels
right up until April 16, 2022

1    Tarot cards from a program of divination of the Tantric tradition. Crafted by artist Penny Slinger, the cards are a mirroring unit that evokes refined recollections, sentiments, wishes and fears.
2    The selection 23 is utilized below to propose a rating, mirroring a lot of meanings. The divination of the 23rd tarot card is to locate oneself in the place of the spinner, indicating the will need to change the world. 23 is also the amount of the letters from the Latin alphabet, the variety of chromosomes that establish human sexuality, the number which the outdated Egyptian calendar started off with. In this regard, 23 as reference to androgyny that relates to the probability of recomposing the unique male/feminine laceration, also introduces the probability of beating polar division and sexual repression.
3    The movie was awarded Very best Path at the Trieste Science Fiction Competition. Venice Biennale 1987. Cannes Film Competition 1981. 1st Feminist International Film & Movie Amsterdam.
4    ‘Home will generally be the chimera, base your instincts on encounters’.
5    CET 14°13‘55.78“E 40°50‘9.53“N is a metal railing created in 2021 for the terrace of Residency 80121, the experimental platform started by the artist in Naples. Naldi Rossano also functions with architectural and domestic conventions and norms. Its’ surface is inscribed with a code of symbols, articulating possibilities outside of the household language, as a more rebellious proposal to modify conventions we inhabit.
6    Hélène Cixous, ‘The Snicker of the Medusa’, trans. by Keith Cohen and Paula Cohen, in Indications: Journal of Gals in Society and Modern society, 1.4 (1976).
7    Hélène Cixous, L‘indiade ou l‘Inde de leurs rêves,Théâtre du Soleil éditions Théâtrales, Paris, 1987
8    Federico Campagna, Prophetic Lifestyle, Recreation for Adolescent, Bloomsbury, London/New York, 2021


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