The connections between memory, forgetfulness and architecture during the communication of the knowledge is the main topic of the research of Jacopo Rinaldi, one of the four resident artists selected for the project “Until the End of the Sea” (Sino alla fine del mare), in Gagliano del Capo (Lecce, Italy). Rinaldi studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma and is a member of Mnemoscape, a research platform about memory and artistic methods linked to archive. Landscape, sea and railway are the elements that have inspired him during his residence in Gagliano.
We asked him some questions about this residence experience and his creative process.
-After these three months of residence, do you think that this is an extreme land?
It depends on what think we understand as an “extreme land”. If we speak about the perifery, maybe it’s necessary to ask ourselves about the places we consider the center. If as an “extreme land” we understand a difficult land so that I think it’s interesting to understand in comparison to which kind of standard we measure this difficulty. Surely in those geographical terms it is extreme because it is bordered by the sea.
-Which are the elements that are influencing much more your creative process?
Maybe the elements that are influencing my research are connected with different places. The strongest impact was with the sea. From the first days with Roberto we went down to the bridge that connects the banks of the gravestone in Ciolo. Then I was interested in the hypogean crushers and the railway line leading to Gagliano’s station.
-On which aspects do you propose to focus for your final project?
For the final project I would like to focus on the landscape, working from the windows of one of the trains that arrive to Gagliano’s station.
-Three words for defining these extreme lands?
-Smoke and low walls.
Interview by Maria Dabén Florit