a site specific for the city of Como, Italy
silicon rubber, nails
250 x 150 cm
Como, the city where I have lived for about 15 years, is founded on Roman walls built by Gaius Julius Caesar in 59 BC. Parts of the ancient walls that defined the city of Novum Comum still exist today, often not visible to the public, inside private gardens and homes. Part of them are the foundations of a building founded in 1773 and still home the Alessandro Volta classical High School.
The president of the Accademia Pliniana in 2023, the year in which the city of Como celebrates the two
thousandth anniversary of the birth of its most illustrious Roman citizen Pliny the Elder, invited me to create a work that reflects on the origins of the city while opening a dialogue between the present it is gone. My idea was to focus attention on the subject of the walls kept inside the courtyard of the Volta High School. By creating a skin of silicone rubber, I sealed the texture of those ancient walls forever. Not only. The work recounts the passage of time thanks to the dirt that has clung to the rubber.
The transferred traces bring with them the signs, like scars and the shades of color, like the stains of an old lady, tired but proud. The solidity of these precious walls that have spanned the centuries still stand there today, waiting for them to be made worthy of our contemporary gaze.
13.05 - 16.07.2023
IN THE FLESH:
INTIMATE PERSPECTIVES ON THE COLLECTIVE
Lucrezia Costa, Ilaria Cuccagna, Gianna Dispenza
text by Edoardo Durante
An exhibition in Galleria Ramo that presents the interpretation of the human figure, as a complex and multifaceted identity. Different hybrids and multidisciplinary practices can be seen as the starting point for a tension that takes shape in the sensitive and intimate sphere of an individual.
17.12.2022 - 05.02.2023
An exhibition in Galleria Ramo that presents an intimate selection of artists specially chosen by two founders and by the seven represented artists.
Ilaria Cuccagna invites:
Stefano Comensoli_Nicolò Colciago.
PELLE CRUDA I ILARIA CUCCAGNA
An artbook published on occasion of Pelle Cruda exhibition thanks to Fondazione Museo Mecrì.
Graphic designer: Ilaria Pittassi.
Texties by: Pettini, Stephani and Morinini Pe.
Photo credits: Cuccagna, Rava, Caporale, Galleria Ramo, Archivio UBC-SA, Rogantini Temperli.
Translation: Patricia Hampton
Printed by: Mastergraph spa