Silenzio per favore (“Silence please”)
10 artists’ videos cross Abruzzo
Curated by Adina Pugliese

Polo Museale Santo Spirito, Lanciano (Ch); Castello, Roccascalegna (Ch); Biblioteca Comunale Ortona (Ch); Biblioteca Mattioli e Palazzo D’Avalos, Vasto (Ch); V.AR.CO., L’Aquila

Viola Acciaretti – Wania Castronovo – Alberto Costanzo – Michela Depetris – Giovanni Paolo Fedele- Valerio Sammartino – Carlotta Scognamiglio – Elena Tortia –  Ximan Wang – Nicola Zucaro


Project   |   Call for partecipation   |   Artists   |   Music  |  2015 Edition


After the success of the first year, the project is being repeated thanks to the Fondazione Aria with its mission of promoting the contemporary and the territory through art. This exhibition dedicated to video art provides the opportunity of speaking through artistic and contemporary cultural languages, and communicating with people and places. For young artists it provides a possibility of making themselves known. Confrontation and co-operation of recent and historical realities – interested in the valorization of the problems of humanity and of the territory – create synergistic effects. The 10 videos, collected in a single DVD, will be visible in four places, following a precise path. Pausing in a place beyond the route, stopping – a metaphor for taking time to reflect – is where where we will find the projection of videos of the two years. Silenzio per favore (“Silence please”), 10 + 3 x 2 = 26. In the meetings, the public can interact with the world in a friendly and informal manner. Each meeting takes place with the curator, the representatives of the Fondazione Aria, artists, and guests of the cultural and artistic scene, invited and welcomed by Aria. Food and music –  in tune with the place – will accompany each meeting.

Call for partecipation 

The projections are visitable depending on the availability of the locations: 24 July – 4 September, Chieti; 19-30 September, L’Aquila: Info: 0872 700578 Polo Museale Santo Spirito; 335 876 7589 Castello di Roccascalegna; 085 9067825 Biblioteca di Ortona; 0873 367773 Palazzo D’Avalos, 0873 59550 Biblioteca Mattioli;  V.AR.CO.

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Viola Acciaretti


(Lecco, 1993) lives and works in Lecco. Salicus, 9’ 34”, 2015. During the years of her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts “Carrara” in Bergamo, approaches to photography and video art, with whom examines the relationship with human being and landscape. Gregorian chant conjures an ascetic dimension, that brings the faith of the community at a higher level and fills the church-place. But what happens if it is proposed in the landscape outside the ecclesiastical structure? This displacement is held in the mountain landscape, characterized by influential elements that recall ascension of human soul in prayer and, in the history, has accepted on his slopes and valleys many places of religious shelter.

Wania Castronovo

Wania_Castronovo(Maur, Svizzera, 1988) lives and works in Hamburg. Oh Bunny! [Catching Urban Wild Rabbits], 5’42 “, 2016. Is it possible or not? And if it is possible, why? Once I have caught it, what should I do? And if I don’t catch it, what do I do? “From a hunting diary: first rabbit sighted in Hamburg on Sun. 8 November at 5pm. Here comes the second. The field is soon filled. Mon 9 November at sunset, 4:32pm – too much wind, I was dragged away. I saw rabbits blend into the air but I failed to grasp them. Wed. 11 November, 8pm – light rain, no rabbit in sight. Fri. 13 November, 9:30pm – colony of rabbits hidden in the grass. Sat. 14 November 9:30pm – the lawn is full of rabbits; there is a lot of moisture. Mon.16 November 8pm – colonies of rabbits despite the rain. Thur. 30 November – snow; some rabbits are even in the shadows.”

Alberto Costanzo

Alberto_Costanzo(Vittoria, Ragusa, 1992) lives and works in Rome. Quiet in the trees, 3 ’26 “, 2015. In everyday life, people seek shelter from the world, and this shelter is often technology. This is what inspires me and drives me to create art – the problems of everyday communication, the expression of our fears in encounters between people. What I try to do in my art is to pass through digital barriers and get straight to the soul of the observer, to upset him/her. My art is not something comfortable; rather, it is something strong and staggering – something that shakes the heart and soul.

Michela Depetris

michela depetris(Cuneo, 1984)
lives and works in Turin. Super pure natural special, 7’ca, 2015. “Inspect reality very closely, like a private investigator, like a policeman, like a dog/ Perhaps nothing makes sense, but everything can produce meaning / Every time you look at something, the exchange / the readymade is performative / maybe visionary / Any accident can be a miracle.” The artist reflects on the relationship between intimacy, the gaze and identity. Experience is essential; the relationship with the other is essential, as well as certain sensitivity in observing the present. She always starts with the idea of action, performance, understood as a generative process of activation of reflection in the making. She explores the possibility of making visible things that are not seen or ones you see regardless of perception.

Giovanni Paolo Fedele
lives and works in Pescara. Seguire l’invisibile, 5 ’06”, 2014. Seguire l’invisibile is a performance that was created in collaboration with Eliano Serafini. It has its roots in an interest in small things, details, and those little details that escape our everyday attention. Analytical, almost scientific observation whilst the artists accompany an ant to the doors of a dimension inaccessible to our senses. Giovanni Paolo’s field of research and action is quite variable. It includes everything that stimulates his attention, in an attempt to bring his own artistic approach together with a playing field that encompasses different materials, connections and relationships.

Valerio Sammartino

(Melfi, Potenza, 1992) lives and works between Rome and the Basilicata. Versi sciolti, 1 ’50 “, 2015. Versi Sciolti is a visual poem in which the heroic verses are the films edited in the montage. The images and words undergo the same process. They are captured, extracted from their source and woven to become a single composition. The four poems are linked through alternating and overlapping visual elements. It is as if each frame were a point of the composition. Every little element has weight. The work is open and stimulates a perceptual logic that every vision provokes in different reactions through different combinations of pictures and words.


Carlotta Scognamiglio

Carlotta_Scognamiglio(Roma, 1990)
lives and works in Rome. Senza titolo, 2’ 56”, 2015. The video “Senza Titolo” analyzes the path of memory. Starting from an exercise in visual memory, smell, sound and individual childhood episodes, the work extends, reflecting on the functioning of the human mind in the moment of remembrance that often brings details into focus whilst overlooking the hazy context. The need to regain defined memories implies an effort in our perception that leads us to transform them, conditioned by the present self, thus distancing them from the time of memory. The video “Senza titolo” is the shooting of a screen that displays images set in childhood places. Places associated with words and sounds. Relying on memories, it documents that exercise.

Elena Tortia

elena tortia 2(Torino, 1987)
lives and works in Turin. After all he knew, 6’11”, 2014. The artist stages a reading played by two people using a language different from that required to communicate properly. The excerpt is taken from Storie della Preistoria by Alberto Moravia. The text is divided into several parts, some of which are read by the artist in the Italian Sign Language (LIS), whilst others have the voice of a deaf person. The interpreters measure their modes of expression against each other. The reading is structured so that each of the two figures remain silent and listen to the other in moment of “reading.” The difficulties encountered in expression by both interpreters are reflected in the difficulties of public understanding – hearing and not – given the absence of recognisable sound or gestures.

Ximan Wang

Ximan_Wang(Liaoning, Cina, 1990)
lives and works in Rome. Plant, 5’53,” 2016. Currently interested in the study of multi-media arts, the artist has chosen to provide no accompanying explanation of the work.

Nicola Zucaro

Nicola_Zucaro(Benevento, 1990) lives and works in Naples. Still life, 2’06”, 2016. In an ironic way, the work seeks to represent a number of complaints. It develops around a study of the sociology of consumption and of culture as well as mass communication. It reflects and ask questions beginning from a series of objects/symbols combined with “a cross of a single element in motion which represents the passage of time, and therefore the consumption of the object itself. Our items are at hand and ready to be consumed. They are offered to the viewer. The work is not merely revealed in the syntax of vision, but also in that of hearing, breaking a “lasting silence” which is produced by photography. In the end, the work offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the still life.



Duo Scaramouche (Lanciano, Chieti, 2014), Angelo Turchi (Sax) and Massimo Di Gaetano (Chitarra). The eclectic duo whose musical repertoire includes Baroque as well as contemporary music has performed in several regional music festivals, including “I concerti aperativo” in Teramo, “I Concerti nelle abbazie” and FLIC Lanciano.

Compagni Di Viaggio (Roccascalegna, Chieti, 2003). Emerged as a tribute to the great songwriters of Italian music. The repertoire also flanks the classics with real “chicche” (novelties), put together in an original way.

Museo Musicale d’Abruzzo (Ortona, Chieti, 1994). L’Istituto Nazionale Tostiano is the first museum dedicated to contemporary music in the region and one of the few in Italy. It has a rich documentary collection and archive on the life and the works of Francesco Paolo Tosti.

Antonella Galvani (Verona, 1979), lives in Vasto (Ch). Antonella is a musician-performer and her research involves musical improvisation with movement – “Harp in movement” and pedagogy in nature – “Il Torrone educazione attiva,” a project reported on the national list of “Tutta un’altra scuola.”

Imara Bosco (Gela, Caltanisetta, 1993). Dance repertoire of choreographers such as Maurice Béjart, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman, Merce Cunningham, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jiri Kylian, Mauro Bigonzetti, Marco Goecke, José Limon. She is currently studying at the Budapest Dance Theatre.

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Thanks to:


Thanks to Francesca Lilli for her precious collaboration as my assistent;

Ph. Ela Bialkowska, V.AR.CO.; Mattia Di Paolo, Roccascalegna;

Graphic design and production:  Meta S.r.l.


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