Valentina Colella (1984, Sulmona, Italy).
After studying Artistic and Historical Heritage at the Academy of Fine Art in L'Aquila, Abruzzo, and then specialising in Museum Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Valentina Colella followed various paths of research which refer back to a concept of opposition, highlighted in various transitions from the real to the digital. Her paintings, drawings, installations, videos, photos and screenshots are the ghosts of a heroic and timeless discourse.
In this sense, the subject of the photographic project entitled “Entrata/ uscita dalla gabbia” (Entrance / exit from the cage) from 2008 is the room. It is separated by the barely visible line of a mosquito screen functioning as a boundary between the inside and the outside. The series of photos entitled "Valentina's Room" (2009-2012), which investigates the connection between image and awareness, documents the mental dynamics which mingle with the flow of life, in a silent space where objects both pulsate and speak. In 2013, as part of the WhiteOut exhibition, at the Hundred Years Gallery in London, Valentina began developing the image of a flight extrapolated by Google Maps. This study was further developed in different stages with the exhibition Attese Impossibili (Impossible Waiting) curated by Vittoria Biasi in 2014 at the Centro di Documentazione della Ricerca Artistica Contemporanea Luigi Di Sarro in Rome, and also as part of the BienaALfinDelMundo, in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. The flight, a segment from a Facebook performance and documented with prints, formed part of the 2015 exhibition Gestures-Body Art Stories-Marina Abramović & The Others, curated by Valerio Dehò, at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.
In 2016, “… e dopo accadde il bianco!” (... and after the white happens!) ( >> link ) curated by Vittoria Biasi, concluded an important cycle of the project and was presented at the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, Germany, at the Museo Laboratorio Ex Manifattura Tabacchi in Città Sant'Angelo (Province of Pescara, Abruzzo) and at The Museo Regionale dell’Emigrante in Introdacqua (Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo).
With her project Learning, Valentina was selected for the 2016/2017 ARP Art Residency Project in South Africa curated by the Luigi Di Sarro Centre in Rome and at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town. ( >> link )