"Stendalì" (Cecilia Mangini, 1960)

May 18, 2021 at 6pm at the Spanish Academy, Rome.

Second session of In qualche luogo lontano: Roma (In Some Far Place: Roma). With Giulia Crispiani and Patrizia Rotonda.

In Some Far Place: Roma is a programme part of Space is The Place/The Place is Space taking place in the city of Rome. Space is The Place/The Place is Space aims to analyse the role of art as a critical practice which offers tools for stopping, looking and situating ourselves in the world; for creating situations and imagining ways of living and producing space. It is a programme whose structure takes the shape of periodical encounters in different forms, such as presentations, reading sessions, walks and art productions.

Informed by mourners and trobairitz (female troubadours), Giulia Crispiani and Patrizia Rotonda are reasoning around possible ways to welcome the past in this present marked by separation and confinement. By amplifying ancestral voices of the pagan religious and popular Italian oral tradition, they recompose them reflecting upon the collective potential of ritual and mourning, that circulate again through their poetic-performative dialogue.

For In Some Far Place: Roma they will contextualize both their field of research and their provenance, with an introduction to the project, a listening session, a presentation of the produced material and an improvisation.

Giulia Crispiani (Ancona, 1986) is a writer and visual artist who lives and works in Rome, where she collaborates with Nero Editions. Her practice is developed from the written word, giving importance to interviews, love letters and posters as formal results of her research. Her work has been presented in various non-profit institutions and spaces, including: MACRO, Rome, Quadriennale di Roma 2020, Rome; Il Colorificio, Milan; FramerFramed, Amsterdam; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; De Kijkdoos, Amsterdam; Charsoohonar, Tehran. She is the author of the books Incontri in luoghi straordinari / Meeting at remarkable places (Nero Editions, 2020), What if Every Farewell would be followed by a Love Letter (Union Editions, 2020), and Petra (ReRun books, 2018).

Patrizia Rotonda is a singer, musical author, performer and teacher. She collaborates in French and Italian productions with various artists from the fields of music, theatre, art, and contemporary music at important events in Italy and abroad, as well as on Rai Radio 2 and Radio 3. She is part of the Quartetto Nuovo de Giovanna Marini, with whom she has collaborated on numerous artistic projects. She has collaborated with: Mauro Pagani, David Riondino, Elio De Capitani, Andhira, la Banda, Giovanni Guaccero, Bruno De Franceschi, choreographer Ornella D’agostino, Philip Miller, Gianni Trovalusci, Charlie Owens, Badarà Seck, Emil Zrhian, Gavino Murgia, Mouna Amari, Thuthuka Sibisi, Nathalie Hervé, Imen Smaoui, Fabien Delisle, Eric Minette, Yuval Avital, as well as many musicians from the Roman area. She also collaborates as a singer in contemporary art projects such as that of William Kentridge and Marzia Migliora.

In qualche luogo lontano: Roma is a project carried out within the framework of the MAEC-AECID Scholarships for Art, Education and Culture for the academic year 2020-2021 within the scholarship program for the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome.