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Scratched Surfaces by Eva Frapiccini - Exhibition Opening



Scratched Surfaces by Eva Frapiccini - Exhibition Opening

“Scratched Surfaces” is an exhibition by Italian photographer Eva Frapiccini that connects her works The Spirit of Resistance (2017) and Nodo temporale 40° 39' N - 15° 30' E (2014), playing with symbols and senses inspired by the geophysical conformation of some Italian territories.

Eva Frapiccini enters the places of the community, trying to catch intimate aspects that emerge from “Scratched Surfaces”, as an invisible hand that scratched their external crust.

The Spirit of Resistance is a photographic work made during the summer of 2017, a year after the earthquake that destroyed Central Italy, in particular the Marche and Umbria regions. Frapiccini tried to track reference points of her childhood trips in the area, in the villages of the Marchigiano Apennine range. But the earthquake, with is disruptive impact, shook up every memory and changed every order, depriving this places from their identity.

Narration and mythology find expression in the work of the artist, who retraces historically documented events and anthropological traditions looking at the physical and geographical features of the area, following an approach that embraces scientific processes as well as superstition and faith.

The work Nodo temporale 40° 39' N - 15° 30' E was conceived during a residency in Balvano, near Potenza, South Italy, a seismic zone near the geographical district of Irpinia.

During her residency, Frapiccini tried to listen to these places, reflecting on the local mythology that was born of the Balvano’s inhabitants need to understand and elaborate dramatic events that stroke the village in the course of history.
In Balvano she chose to use a Polaroid camera to “lose control on representation, favouring the discovery of the invisible, of the magic of an image producing itself without manipulation”. The Polaroids taken in Balvano are shrouded in mystery, featuring symbolic places of the village.

In the artist’s book connected to the exhibition, Eva Frapiccini includes written and iconographical sources. Beside the list of historical events, we can find proof of the cultural traditions of the inhabitants of Balvano, mixing religious beliefs and alchemic studies with magical rituals.


Eva Frapiccini is an Italian visual artist based in Leeds. Her artistic practice produces longstanding and archival projects manifested through video and audio installations, photographs, narrative fictions narrative, participatory projects, and performances.
She has recently been awarded the first edition of the Italian Council Award to support the production of a photographic project on the wars of Mafia in Palermo during the 80s which will be exhibited as part of the programme of events of Palermo Capital of Culture 2018.
Previous solo exhibitions include BOZAR, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2016), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2016), Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (2016), Alberto Peola Gallery (2015, 2011), kim? Contemporary Art Centre (2013), Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2012), Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm (2011). Group exhibitions were held in Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016), Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli (2014, 2012), Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin (2014), FACT Museum, Liverpool (2013), Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2013), Palazzo Ducale, Genova (2009), Museum Auf Abruf, Vienna (2007), House of Photography, Moscow, (2007), Maison de la Photographie, Paris (2006), Bratislava Hrad Museum (2006), Museum Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2006), Casino Luxembourg, Louxembourg (2006). She has also taken part in the Alwan 338 Public Art Festival Bahrain, the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice, in the Italian Pavilion, the Rome Photography Festival, The European Month of Photography, and PhotoEspana. She received many prizes and nominations, among them the nomination for the FOAM Paul Huf Award and the International Award for Public Art, Hong Kong.

Her works are included in public and private collections among which Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, GAM Modern Art Gallery of Turin, Fondazione Fotografia di Modena, UniCredit & Art Foundation

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Date: Da Saturday, February 10, 2018 a Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute