Le Città Invisibili
Claudia V. Vitari’s work centers on the investigation of groups and institutions at the margins of our society.
Her project, Le Città invisibili, is a documentary piece about Radio Nikosia in Barcelona, the first Spanish radio program that is designed and organized by people with a diagnosis of mental disorders. The artist met the staff and asked them to describe themselves and their stories.
These stories are then related to the viewer, who in turn finds a reflection of their own experience in the experiences Vitari recounts.
Vitari interviewed and accompanied the radio station’s employees over a longer period.
The result developed into a number of genuine, personal documents, including portrait drawings and plaster casts, transcripts, and quotations. Displayed in a number of illuminated “light boxes” and vitrines, the artist presents intricate drawings and texts silk-screened onto a resin surface and carefully crystallized in glass. Thoughts and memories are preserved and supplemented by quotes from poetic and philosophical sources. Each box represents a single person and is part of an artistic model that offers a glimps into the individual’s internal world.
Vitari characterizes her work as “graphic documentations.” Thoughts are archived in the medium of
the written word, allowing what is hidden to come into view. Taking a cue from scientific classification, the artist has developed a system comprising modules and illuminated steel boxes, the aesthetic of which challenges the viewer to look beyond (institutional) boundaries.
Generously supported with funds from the Piedmont region, the project was presented for the first time at Museo di Scienze Naturali in 2012.
Le Città invisibili, LA MASCHERA (2011)
14 light boxes :
glas casting, silkscreening plaster, metal
Le Città invisibili, NIKOSIA (2009-2010)
3 light boxes:
epoxy resin, silkscreening, metal