While Zwelethu Machepha was finishing up his artistic residency in Rome, the Centro Luigi Di Sarro and the partner Everard Read/Circa Gallery Cape Town are pleased to announce that the italian artist Valentina Colella was selected for the second phase of ARP – Art Residency Project, carried out with the support of the Italian Foreign Ministry .
Valentina Colella was born in 1984, in Sulmona, Italy. She is a young artist who uses art to explore the world of young people. Her work focuses on the relationships between reality, the body and the digital languages. In a completely different way, through the use of various techniques – painting, photography, video, installations and mixed media – Colella approaches the theme of consciousness of reality and individual identity increasingly submerged, altered or even dissolved by the arrogance of the so-called digital world. Much of the Colella’s artwork over the years has investigated and represented the crushing, even emotional, human soul.
Valentina Colella was officially presented to the ARP project team in occasion of the opening of the Zwelethu Machepa’s show that featured the project Colonial Ghosts reworked during his Rome art residency. In this way Colella literally could enter into the virtual plaza of the shattered and “pixelated” identities proposed by Machepha at the Centro Di Sarro. This meeting will be repeated in Cape Town when the 31 years old italian artist will held her art residency in South Africa and the two young artists will meet again to work together on a four hands site-specific at the Tsoga Centre in Philippi.
Valentina Colella will be in Cape Town in February and March 2017, and her solo exhibition was held at the Everard Read/Circa Gallery. The ARP project also involves a group of young U35 people in South Africa with various training projects in various artistic disciplines.