Anna Witt, artist’s gaze on the women of Forcella: a video installation to tell them

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twelve o’clock, June 24, 2021 – 20:18

The German artist’s work is the conclusion of a project, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, which has seen it lowered for a few months in the heart of the Neapolitan district. Sar at the Hypogeum of Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio in Arco until 25 July

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Braids on Fire / Trecce in Fiamme (2 channel HD video 2021) the result of the journey made by Anna Witt in the heart of the city of Naples, accompanied by the women of Forcella. Months of dialogue, confrontation, telling oneself and staging the story itself with a series of performances, merged into a video installation that gives voice to the artistic residency project The change beyond the visiblepromoted by the Goethe Institut. The work opens tomorrow, Friday 25 June, with an opening from 6 to 9 pm, and will be exhibited for a month at the Museum Complex of Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio in Arco, in via dei Tribunali.


The artistic residence

The artistic residency project curated by Maria Teresa Annarumma, was created in collaboration with the Friends of Carlo Fulvio Velardi ONLUS Association and the Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio Museum Complex in Arco. In the spring of this year, explains Maria Carmen Morese, director of the Goethe-Institut in Naples, Anna Witt, the German artist residing in Vienna, went to Naples to study the social fabric of the city and learn about the work of the cultural institutions that they promote educational and participatory projects for girls and boys in the most vulnerable neighborhoods. Witt met, in the heart of Forcella, the heads of the Friends of Carlo Fulvio Velardi ONLUS Association which is based at the “Glass House”, he spoke with numerous people of different generations, taking particular interest in the life and daily life of women. Georg Schnetzer, director of the Austrian Culture Forum in Rome, points out that the research could not fail to imagine a more suitable place for the realization of the final work, than the museum complex of Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio in Arco, directed by Francesca Amirante, a hidden place but lived over the centuries by the Neapolitans, through the cult of the souls of the dead.

The performances in the streets of the neighborhood

When my choice for this social project fell on Anna Witt, it was a choice convinced by a common vision on the importance of relationships in the making of history. The history of the cult of the Souls in Purgatory has always been in the hands of women, just as in their hands there is much of the life of each one. Looking at the women of the past and relating them to those of the present seemed to us to be the right way to show how much the social relevance of female contribution is still hidden and suffered, says curator Maria Teresa Annarumma. The conversations between the women of Forcella, the artist and the curator, took place in the Hypogeum of the Church of S. Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio in Arco, and there the video installation, resulting from a series of performances along the streets of Forcella, at the Hypogeum and finally at the RIOT studio, in the imposing sixteenth-century complex of Palazzo Marigliano. The installation conceived as a sort of continuation of the dialogue with the places, but also with the people who will visit the space.

June 24, 2021 | 20:18

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