The territory is a living organism with its own identity, history, peculiarities. Features two types of landscapes, the natural and the human one, both sensitive to environmental and artificial pressures.

For this second edition of the project, which is part of the broader analysis that goes under the title Investigation of Extreme Lands, one of the main subjects researched by Ramdom from the early 2014, we will emphasise the concept of the extreme as an anthropological attitude with reference to the place.

Will not only be the place in his (obvious) geographic determination to determin the path of the artists invited, but also their relationship as “strangers” with the locals.

The project will try to understand how these relationships are digested through the use of language as a potential conflict, misunderstanding and, latent value.

The residency arises therefore as an aim, through the different practices and approaches to the work of the selected artists, to create a new mapping of the area of Capo di Leuca. A sort of survey of the “stumbles” provided by the territory, or better of the missing spaces and gaps between things bringing the experience of knowledge toward its most extreme limit without necessarily complete it.

This new narrative will be the key through which the artists will open a horizontal and fluid confrontation with the territory and its communities. Traditions, legacy and rituals will also be key references. Ties with the new first and second generations will be reinterpreted under a more recent perspective.




Artistic residency in the Extreme Lands.

The territory is a vivid organism, with its own identity, history and particularity. It is characterized by two types of landscapes, both are changing continually under naturalistic and artistic aspects: those natural and human ones.

Our residency project aims to create a new mapping of the territory of Capo di Leuca. The task of the artists is to create a new storytelling of this territory useable and exploitable by the locals and by the visitors/tourists, who will have the possibility to explore this extreme land from a not conventional point of view. The privileged artists and projects focus on the local community, traditions, customs, homelands, bonds with the new first and the second generations, to get them to know how to reinterpret these aspects considering the key word of contemporaneity.

Four young artists under 35 will be selected through an open and direct call. They will spend a six-month-long residency at Ramdom organization in Gagliano del Capo (Lecce). The operative ground will be Lastation, an artistic and cultural place managed by Ramdom and located on the first floor of the last train station of southeast Italy.

The project foresees at least two occasions for the artists to explore their works for the public. The first one at the end of July 2017, within „Lands End Contemporary Art Festival”.

The second one in December 2017, at the end of the residency project.

The residencies will empathize on the production of new artworks, which concentrate on the study of the human and natural landscapes. Workshops, meetings, lectures and other activities will accompany the artistic production.

Some of the guests already confirmed are:  Francesca Girelli (curator), Heba Amin (artist), Elena Mazzi (artist), Rachael Mardsen (critic), Claudio Zecchi (curator), Lorenzo Madaro (curator), Invernomuto (artists), Laura Perrone (curator), Antonio De Luca (artist).

The commission to select the candidate artists is composed by: Paolo Mele, director of Ramdom and Lastation; Claudio Zecchi, independent curator Francesco Petrucci, Capo d’Arte; Valentina Casacchia, Regional director Europe Artist Pension