To what extent can a place be described by its geology, morphology, and history, and to what extent can it, instead, be imagined? What kind of descriptions are triggered by direct experience and what kind of descriptions arise solely from imagination? How is the subjective experience of a place transmitted to and received by others? In recent years, the work of Claudia Losi has interrogated the physical and imaginative potential of “being there,” the act of encountering a specific space through direct experience, remote imagination, and multiple narratives. In this talk, the artist will discuss her fascination with the elsewhere, the poetics of wandering, and the theatre of memory in the context of her practice, addressing the collaborative methodologies that nurture the creation of her collective mindscapes.
The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.
The artistic practice of Claudia Losi (b.1971, Italy) explores social interactions, the entanglements of human sensibilities, and the complexities of natural phenomena through scientific, ethnographic, and anthropological research methodologies. Spanning participatory projects, performances as well as drawings, photography, and sculpture, her work has recently been presented in the solo exhibition How do I imagine being there?, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2016) and in numerous international group shows including the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China (2016); MAGASIN, Grenoble, France (2010); Sharjah Biennale 8, United Arab Emirates (2007).
Image caption: Claudia Losi, Asking Shelter, 2018, bronze casting of rose branches, silver. Courtesy the artist.