TENUTA DELLO SCOMPIGLIO AT 15.00
30 SEPTEMBER 2018
Maria Luigia Gioffrè
Purgatorio della primavera
AN ART FOR THE ENVIRONMENT RESIDENCY PROGRAMME
in collaboration with University of the Arts London
Pangea, 2017 durational performance, still from video, scattata durante: Co-Creation Live Factory, Venice International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Mora, 2017 photo credits: Aldo Aliprandi
Maria Luigia Gioffrè (1990, lives and works between Italy and United Kingdom), expanded her training with an MA in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins in London, which led to her selection for the Art for the Environment Residency Programme at the Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio.
Her work focuses on narration as tool for production of imaginative conditions to convey knowledge about personal or universal history. It introduces a non-representational language, which builds up its scenarios from the lack of linearity to exchange stage and backstage, result and process. The interplay of traces and time sets performance not only as live practice but also as a practice of archive and memory, which she explores through multiple media. The repetition becomes a ritual instrument for measuring the resistance of the body that the artist seeks to embody in images, traces and in the body itself. On 30 September she will present a performance that is the formal outcome of her residency at the Scompiglio from 17 to 30 September.
Aware of her death, she privileges performance as practice of the presence in accordance with the Heideggerian “Dasein” and the being-there. She used to practise lens-based media but realised that these were, for her, instruments of absence that were not allowing her to “be in the world” and practise effectively the existence we live in and the imminence of the being. The principal explorative line for this residency will be the difference she makes between art practices of absence (photography) and art practices of presence (performance), and, during the residency, working on the principal topic of the imaginary/imagery of a “Purgatory of Spring”.