Curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi
On the 25th of October 2010, on the occasion of the Troisiemes journées de formation pour les Directeurs des affaires culturelles des collectivités territoriales en Europe organised in Venice by the French association Les Rencontres together with the Associazione E, Rachele Maistrello, the third artist in residence of Spot – studio dal vivo, turned her working space into an exhibition and opened it to the public. The training days took place in Sala del Camino (room of the path) with the aim of providing networking opportunities for the various participating European cultural operators within the context of some of the most lively and innovative realities of the venetian contemporary art system. Nuova Icona, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Fondazione Cluadio Buziol were represented together with Associazione E.
For the occasion Rachele Maistrello mounted a conference room inspired by the Caribbean landscapes only on the surface. The real goal of the artist is to expand into the third dimension the exotic themed screens that decorate the desktops of half of the world’s offices. This kind of standard photography, which considers the palm tree its elected object, is analyzed in its formal components not so much to denote irony concerning the middle-class desire of escaping work, but to describe the contemporary concept of after world: the tropical paradise as a metaphysic dimension of sensorial peace.
Rachele Maistrello designed for Associazione E an environment that fulfils a specific function – that of hosting an international convention – whilst at the same time representing a personal statement about the essence of photographic methods.
Rachele Maistrello (Vittorio Veneto, 1986) completed her education as an artist at the IUAV of Venice and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. Her main interest for photography leads her to concentrate on the analysis and the questioning of elements which distinguish the analogical format from the digital one. From her rich list of visual notes, some images emerge; images that slip between the order of the true, of the uncertain and of the false. To understand their nature, we are obliged to study, with a semiotic eye, the cuts of the framing, the origin of the light source and the possible presence of reflexes.
The artist exposed her work in public and private spaces in Italy and abroad, such as: Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Immix gallery in Paris and in Forte Marghera on the occasion of “IX”, collateral event of the 53 Visual Art Biennale in Venice.