In MoveTo LineTo Claudia Tombini engages her gaze in a questioning of the landscape that oscillates between two complementary needs: the opportunity to trace and elaborate the signs of a memory linked to a place and the opportunity to organise, also through this memory, an inhabitation of the landscape capable of interpreting and undertaking new signs and images.
The Apennine landscape that the author observes is not just any landscape. Linked to her childhood and to an experience of these places that begins even before her own memory, Moveto Lineto is a work through which she questions the profound meaning of inhabiting a place.
It is the story of a crossing and a look that captures in the impression produced by a memory that crosses the shapes and lines of the landscape, the elements necessary to gain a voice that can speak about them.
The attempt at an all-encompassing representation in which, alongside the expressions borrowed from a still living memory, visual research and new expressions are combined; searching for other images for the same place, able to detect and reveal other forms to be combined.
Engaged in a work of reconstruction, the author redraws, juxtaposes, repeats and scans the geographical and evocative reality of the place. An operation that rediscovers, detects and once again traverses, each time, the images and places, presenting us with an internal, structural complexity which, when juxtaposed to the apparent and external complexity, tells a story, an architecture, not only of a place, but of the experience of living that the author herself experiences.
Withholding the temptation, always strong for every author, to propose a single, definitive point of view, in MoveTo LineTo the author offers us a multiplicity of points of view, teaching us the possibility of a formal and semantic coexistence between apparently distant, if not antithetical, narrative and formal arrangements. An organisation of expressions and languages useful both for the formalisation of a meaningful poetic language and for the production of a form of orientation and reading of the landscape itself.
By writing and describing the surfaces of the earth, collecting the evocative images of the past around this territory, combining these with new images and literacy of places, the artist elaborates and combines all the expressions necessary to produce a geographical measurement, a spacing from which to begin again the understanding of a place.
Drawing a knowable but unprecedented landscape in which to read the expressions gathered around a listening to the signs, Claudia Tombini’s work introduces us to a listening through many landscapes, accompanying us image after image in a narration; a geographic unfolding, a word which, as the author herself recalls, indicates nothing other than a science of displacement.
Born in Rome in 1968, after an initial artistic training, Claudia Tombini studied Architecture at La Sapienza University. After graduating, she followed a PhD in Architecture – Theories and Design at the DiAR department of the same University. Professionally active in her hometown since 2006, she carries out her work independently after a three-year collective experience with studio A4, winner of several mentions and awards. Specialised in architectural design, she has always combined research and design. Her latest work is the restoration of the Troisi Cinema in Trastevere. In 2016 she began her own photographic research, collaborating in some of Officine Fotografiche’s activities. In 2019/20 she participates in “Human” curatorial workshop with Luigi Cecconi and Francesco Rombaldi, from Yogurt Magazine, during which she elaborates her own project MoveTo LineTo.