I feel there’s a ache someplace within the room, mentioned Mrs Gradgrind, however I couldn’t positively say that I’ve received it.
—Charles Dickens, Arduous Occasions
In 2021, Rebecca Moccia gained the Worldwide Analysis Grant promoted by the Basic Directorate for Up to date Creativity of the Ministry of Tradition throughout the Italian Council programme. Over the previous 3 years, Moccia, alongside the Ministry of Loneliness, has explored the collective and political states of loneliness, investigating its causes and attainable options.
This analysis happened via residencies, workshops and site-specific installations in collaboration with Outset England, Jupiter Woods (London), Magazzino Italian Artwork (Chilly Spring, New York), the Italian Embassy in Tokyo, Fondazione ICA Milano and Careof (Milan). The vast majority of the works exhibited had been particularly created for the exhibition and gallery areas, supporting a brand new tour of the gallery’s historic areas in Turin.
The quote from Arduous Occasions, by Charles Dickens impressed the exhibitions title and was chosen by the artist because it exemplifies the imaginative and prescient of emotional states that guides Moccia’s follow. Beforehand utilized by thinker Tonino Griffero, in related sematic contexts, it helps Moccia’s exploration into the relationships between areas, our bodies and contexts.
For the artist, locations and moments carry with them specific atmospheres and spatialised feelings that don’t belong to a topic. These feelings come from outdoors, from that surroundings and its environment. Ranging from this assumption, Moccia’s analysis on Solitude additionally targeted on how this emotional state and its notion in modern society is formed by the political and social constructions during which we reside. Opposite to widespread opinion and pandemic rhetoric, in Rebecca Moccia’s analysis, loneliness emerges not as a psychological downside of the person, however as a shared and collective feeling that permeates western societies.
What if loneliness was a political challenge, relatively than a person one? A collective feeling. By directing ache towards its precise trigger, Might we flip it right into a device of battle? (script from Ministries of Loneliness)
Loneliness can result in bodily and emotional stress, inflicting fatigue and irritation. Nevertheless, Moccia’s analysis and works be aware that if the world had been to acknowledge the political significance of loneliness, it has the potential to be reworked into the heat of a shared group, united of their struggles, albeit invisible.
One other theme that emerges from Moccia’s analysis and exhibited works is temperature, investigating its manifestations each bodily and emotionally. The collection Chilly as You Are (2022), a group of thermal pictures depicting locations, our bodies and conditions, explores this theme in depth.
Accompanying this collection are Loneliness Scales, ceramic works conceived for the solo exhibition on the ICA Basis in Milan in 2023. The non-fiction movie Ministries of Loneliness (offered on the prestigious Worldwide Quick Movie Competition Oberhausen and winner of the ArteVisione prize at Careof Milan, 2023), along with the brand new site-specific set up How Typically Do You Really feel Heard and the massive tapestry A Physique That Units On Fireplace, made in collaboration with Giovanni Bonotto and winner of the A Assortment prize at ArtVerona2022, are additionally exhibited.
Davide Mazzoleni says: “Now we have been working with Rebecca Moccia since 2018. She is the youngest artist with whom we collaborate; the rigour of her analysis, the formal and stylistic final result of her work in reference to the exhibition house, her socio-political dedication, are at all times a supply of enrichment and reflection. We’re delighted to current within the historic areas of Turin this new necessary second in her journey and set up her additional throughout the Italian artwork scene and past.”
at Mazzoleni, Turin
till November 18, 2023