A voyeuristic journey through unknown places and familiar memories. Made of digital images, everyday objects and souvenirs, it flows away due to the misleading annulment of geographical and existential distances, processes of acceleration and technological progress.
The film consists of videos and photographs found in sharing platforms and social networks, that, together with historical archival images watchable in internet, create the background of the narration.
The images, home-made as well as official, are re-filmed through the screen of a computer, space in which they seem captured. They shape a discontinuous landscape, composed of conceptual and visual references showing the topic of the travel (physical and virtual) in its several meanings.
Hereby, a dialogue between the images and the close-ups of some souvenirs appears. By writing on the surface of objects, the artist raises questions on the creation of the otherness, the role of images in cultural narratives, the exoticism intrinsic in the idea of travelling and mass tourism: identity appears as a doubt.
Luca Staccioli‘s practice is research-based, process-oriented and merges different media including videos, sound, sculpture, drawings, collages.
Conceived as narrations, his artworks question pre-established values and forms of colonialism, imaginaries becoming flattening tensions. It aims to analyse the role of images in the processes of aesthetic and identity normalization, and the influence of such processes on competitiveness, expectations and the exploitation of emotionality by mass-media.
The research of Staccioli stratifies and combines micro-histories, uprooted memories, as well as daily objects and nomadic images proliferating from global-local dimensions and technological apparatus, in order to re-narrate the models of representation and find new political territories of re-imagination.
He won the Fabbri Prize, emerging art session 2018, and in 2017 the second prize of Talent Video Awards, Careof, FIDMarseille, Mibact.
Among his solo shows: 2018/2019 – Donner à voir, Fondazione Pini, Milan; 2018 – The other other, familiar other, curated by Bite the Saurus, Riot Studio, Palazzo Marigliano, Naples; 2017 – Studio Visit duo show curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Museo Masaccio-Giovanni Mannozzi, San Giovanni Valdarno; 2017 – Je m’ouvrais pour la première fois à la tendre indifférence du monde, Waiting Room JONAS, Trento, Italy
08.07.2020 → 15.07.2021
Was it me? Screen memories
Full HD video colour, 5.1 sound stereo
01.07.2020 → 08.07.2021
Video, variable duration
25.06.2021 → 01.07.2021
17.06.2021 → 25.06.2021
10.06.2021 → 17.06.2021
05.11.2020 → 06.12.2020
21.06.2020 → 19.07.2020
02.06.2020 → 20-06.2020
11.05.2020 → 02.06.2020
16.04.2020 → 11.05.2020
21.01.2020 → 15.02.2020
Anna Maria Maiolino
Voice: Anna Maria Maiolino
Edition: Anna Maria Maiolino and Mateus Pires
Courtesy of the Artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano