"Clementine" is an attempt to give back a shape to the legends that link the etymology of the Roman district of Garbatella to female characters of the local folklore, by synthesizing them in a body specifically modelled on the computer and by reworking them to create a new one.
By exploiting the potential of the new technologies, the author stages a new founding myth, on the one hand by producing a visual apparatus; on the other hand by collecting it within an open world*, selecting those scenes of daily life at the margins of the main narrative, manipulating and relocating them within a narrative fabric woven by the author herself. The result is the construction of a fictitious archive that stages the death, disintegration and subsequent transformation of a body into a territory:
the landscape becomes body, through the interaction between computer-modeled inorganic elements and skin samples collected on site. The body becomes landscape, through the translation of the same epidermal samples into three-dimensional landscapes, operated by a specific software.
"Clementine" is the embodiment and representation of an oral tradition that has contributed to making Garbatella one of the most fascinating neighborhoods of Rome. It is a simulation of a myth that arises from a reflection on its construction, on the possibilities of the photographic medium in documenting its existence and on the role of the archive in the contemporary practice.
*the term open world identifies a video game in which the player can move freely within a virtual world; in fact, the player is given ample freedom and can choose how and when to face situations or devote himself to the simple interaction with the setting and what populates it.
This work was realised during a one month residency program, in occasion of "Garbatella Images 2021, Corpo", a visual research through the territory and the history of the Garbatella district.
A site-specific work and photographic production by 4 authors.
Concept and artistic direction by Francesco Zizola & 10bPhotography
curated by Sara Alberani and Francesco Rombaldi (YOGURT Magazine)
works by: Chiara Ernandes, Olivia Brighi, Lorena Florio, Priscilla Pallante
The project, promoted by Culture Roma, is the winner of the Public Notice "Contemporaneamente Roma" 2020/2021/2022 edited by the Department of Cultural Activities and is carried out in collaboration with SIAE.