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I’m an Italo-German multimedia artist and cultural producer. I studied philosophy in Germany and Fine Arts in Italy.  My work investigates the significance of architected spaces – in particular, intangible structures in communication or archiving. In my artistic work, which includes photography, installations, videos, and drawings, I explore aesthetic imaginaries, which open up possibilities of reflection and transformation. I’m is also co-founder and producer of different participatory projects related to social transformation. Further, I’m involved in collaborative artistic projects. My work has been shown extensively internationally.

My work for the past 20 years has explored aspects of spaces and their social functions, which form basic conditions of thinking. In contemporary environments, these spaces change deeply due to political, environmental, economic, social, and technological developments with a profound global impact on the collective and the single being. In these changes, I see a possibility of involvements of art in raising awareness on different levels and therefore allowing changes toward utopian visions and their realizations for a positive co-living. In art, we think in a different space which is inserted in the common space and which opens up possibilities of transformation. I define this space in art a non-space: a non-space is a discontinuity of physical and immaterial structures through translation activity in artistic operation. The non-space initiates reflection and alternative mental processes toward awareness and autonomy. In other words, the non-space is an aesthetic reflection on the different social imaginary, creating a momentum of perspective change.

My approach to making art lays on processing mainly research and experiences and is realized in participatory, curatorial, and platform projects; writing; and in object production in varied media. language and communication structures, using text as material.

The different bodies of work are characterized as minimal and conceptual in using series, combinations, and repetition techniques. As for example, in one of the last works, Categories of Nature (2017),are combined in an extended series of 370 sheets diverse philosophical texts with a structure which substitutes a communication code, interpreting the concepts of archiving. Next to uses of media like photography and video, I developed site-specific projects and installations, like the awarded public installation History in an Onggi in Busan, South-Korea,  the still ongoing women center Bait al Karama in Nablus, Israel/Occupied Territories of which I was one of the co-founders and curators.

Since a few years, I’m one of the curators of the international platform project for aesthetics in social practice Social Soups of which I’m the co-founder. Public engagement is a core issue of Social Soups, addressing artistic activities to the public realm and aiming to increase awareness of social justice, focusing on food as an elementary component, because through food can be realized strong and multi-sensorial relations with the audience and the environment.

Recently I started a long-term project Imperatives-an artistic Encyclopédie Raisonné, reflecting on necessities of activity and thinking in societies. This project aims to offer a closer look at past and present social models, results, and circumstances of social awareness and responsibilities. This interdisciplinary project comprises next multimedia artworks, interviews, and documents concerning civil rights, autonomy, freedom, responsibility, and protection of the environment. The results are organized in an artistic Encyclopédie Raisonné divided into three strands – History, Beyond History, and Nature.

The project Imperatives, therefore, is the realization of my core interest in making art, committed to social changes and interferences in social spaces aiming to transform realities. Art is an agent and container for alternative imaginary spaces stimulating new perceptions. Maybe, in the end, all art is a “fait social” as art is a translation activity from different realities into more or less realizable utopia.