Giuseppe Stampone, one of the most interesting Italian artist of his generation, was the leading light of the 2018 edition of RAVE East Village Artist Residency.
A meeting started in Trieste Contemporanea with Giuseppe Stampone’s talk Drawing as a practice of resistance, in dialogue with Matteo Lucchetti and Teresa Macrì.
In the following days a series of meetings took place at the headquarters RAVE, in the beautiful setting of the historic village of Soleschiano.
The uniqueness of that moment was given by the meeting between the participants and the animals saved from the slaughterhouse: Wendy and Copper the horses, Toni the donkey, Ramses, Cleopatra and Caterina the geese, and Lorelei the pig.
Tiziana Pers, RAVE artistic director, wrote: “Giuseppe Stampone’s project for RAVE 2018 is based on the participatory practices that characterize his research. Starting from the real and tangible animals stories that built the RAVE project narration, Stampone invites others artists, friends and traveling companions, protagonists of the contemporary scene, to interpret with their own traits and sensibilities each animal’s life. The result was a series of drawings, realized with different techniques, imaginations and attitudes. The portrait as a genre usually adheres to the common idea of representing an infraspecific individual, that is an individual of the same species, in an image that highlights also the behavioural and emotional peculiarity, the modes, or the roles within the social context in which he lives. In this case, portraits will instead be focused on interspecific individuals. Not only representing morphological and aesthetic traits, but also trying to imagine past events, experiences shared with human and not, in the singular identity and precious uniqueness of every living being. At the same time the artists were invited to approach the subjects with the awareness of an alterity that can never be probed, understood or even represented indeed, as every gaze constitutes, today more than yesterday, other worlds.”
During the summer Stampone also held a laboratory with a group of children from primary school opening the possibility of a new Abecedario to re-found the thought on the animal question from the origin.