PERFORMANCE ART

NINE CHAPTERS ON ISOLATION

Color / Sound HD min. 22:23, 2020, Marta Lodola

Presented at RECONSTRUCT – Pride Art Expo

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Concepts of intimacy and home have a strong relation because they are sharing that “private”world which is normally revealed to the people who are closest to us in our life. But what does actually happen when everyone is forced to cut out all the social contacts and your house is the only place where you can go? How you do I react to fear, psychological stress and isolation?

During the first weeks of the Covid-19 Pandemic I performed one action per day for 9 days in my house in Berlin. For the first time, I perceived this intimate place as a territory of my inner transformation. Hence I’ve decided to portrait my journey within this sacred space.

 

 

NON-HUMAN DISTANCE

Video – Performance by Marta Lodola and Valerio Ambiveri

Private live videoprojection, videoHD, color, sound, 7’29’’, 2020

Music from “Orpheus and Eurydice” of 1762 Christoph Willibald Gluck performed by Monica Guerini (bassoon)

Presented at GOLEM – To be generative in solidarity rather than creative in solitude

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The intermediate point between Berlin and Bergamo is Berching, the place set for the meeting between Marta Lodola and Valerio Ambiveri, on May 6, 2020, at 18.00.
In addition to being the third city starting with the letter ‘B’, Berching is the birthplace of Christoph Willibald Gluck, a coincidence feeling like predestination: the meeting between the two artists took place in Gluck’s place and the setting to the music of the meeting between Orpheus and Eurydice of 1762.

The 6th of May 2020 is the culmination of the ‘lockdown’ period imposed by the pandemic emergency of covid-19, in which social distancing begins to be perceived as a necessary inhumanity.
“Non-human distance” is the performance of the non-human encounter between the two artists, broadcasted on the net right after the reopening of the borders, when the possibility of bridging the distance with new human encounters is re-established, to sanction that only bodies have this power.

 

+5 -3

2020

Video – Performance Marta Lodola and Valerio Ambiveri

Disponibile on line / Available on line

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Considerazioni

Il 20.02.2020 abbiamo presentato “+5 -3”, per la prima volta in forma virtuale, il suo messaggio principale era l’eliminazione della distanza interpersonale, ma anche la distanza sociale ed umana.
La video-performance è stata il risultato di due incontri tra Marta Lodola e Valerio Ambiveri avvenuti nella metà di gennaio in territorio italiano. Il duo performativo vive da anni la distanza come realtà quotidiana, abitando in due differenti città, Berlino (Germania) e Bergamo (Italia).

Pochi giorni dopo, all’incirca la settimana seguente, in Italia ed in particolare in Lombardia è stata dichiarata l’emergenza pandemica da Covid-19, con l’adozione di un regime di limitazione della vita del cittadino per confinarlo in una situazione di isolamento cautelativo.

In Germania l’emergenza è stata dichiarata intorno alla metà di Marzo, cambiando definitivamente il rapporto con la socialità e con l’altro; benchè in Germania si sia lasciata la possibilità di poter uscire di casa per godersi momenti solitari di svago, vige la stessa imposizione della riduzione al minimo dei contatti interpersonali.

La distanza di sicurezza da mantenere tra individui è di almeno 1.5 m, mentre i confini territoriali di ogni paese sono temporaneamente chiusi, impermeabili, invalicabili.

Col senno di poi, sono nate delle considerazioni postume alla presentazione di “+5 -3”.
È emerso il vero significato di quel gesto, di quell’intenzione, come se la nostra sensibilità avesse intuito la necessità di stare uniti e compreso la pericolosità della distanza da colmare, ancor prima di poterla esperire realmente.

In questo momento la “social distance”, “distanza sociale”, è un metodo di protezione e salvaguardia della specie umana, ma nello stesso tempo rischia di poter essere qualcosa che crea una profonda solitudine ed isolamento dell’individuo, per questo motivo il messaggio che comunicammo in precedenza è ancora più forte e sentito, ora ci sarebbe impossibile vivere quell’avvicinamento e quella possibilità di varcare la soglia della distanza che divide i corpi.

Vogliamo rimarcare il valore di quel gesto per poterlo mantenere vivo, per poter superare nuovamente la distanza lo spazio che ci divide non può creare separazione, ma sarà lo spunto per creare nuove unità.

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Considerations
On thursday 20.02.2020 we have presented the project “5 -3”, for the first time in virtual form. The main message of the project has been the removal of interpersonal distance, but also social and human distance.
The video-performance has been the result of two meetings between Marta Lodola and Valerio Ambiveri in mid-January in Italy. The performative duo has been living for years the distance as a daily reality, living in two different cities, Berlin in Germany and Bergamo in Italy.

A few days later, about the following week, in Lombardy and consequently throughout Italy the Covid-19 pandemic emergency has been declared, adopting a regime of precautionary isolation for every single citizen living on the Italian territory.

In Germany the emergency has been declared around the middle of March, definitely changing completely our daily social relations; although the german government has granted the possibility to leave the house to enjoy solitary moments of leisure. Furthermore the same requirement applies as regards the minimum reduction of people-to-people contacts.

The safety distance to be maintained between individuals is at least 1.5 m, while the territorial borders of each country are temporarily closed.

In hindsight, posthumous considerations were contemplated during the presentation of “+5 -3”. It emerged the true meaning of that gesture, of that intention, as if our sensibility has sensed the need to stay united and understood the danger of the social and human distance, even before we could really experience it.

At the moment “social distance’, is a method of protecting and safeguarding the human species, but at the same time it risks to lead to deep loneliness and isolation of the individual. For this reason the message we communicated earlier is even stronger and felt. Now it would be impossible to live that approach and that possibility to cross the threshold of distance that divides the bodies.

We want to emphasize the value of that gesture in order to keep it alive, to be able to overcome again the distance, the space that divides us cannot create separation, but it will be the starting point to create new singularities.

 

 

+5 -3

2020

Video – Performance Marta Lodola and Valerio Ambiveri

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Il 2020 è l’anno della nuova decade, è l’anno del doppio, della celebrazione della simbiosi Lodola-Ambiveri che si manifesta proprio quest’anno da una decade. E’ l’anno del ricongiungimento dei corpi distanti, che trovano il veicolo della comunicazione nello spazio vuoto tra di loro, indagando proprio la natura e il senso della separazione. Cosa significa percepire la distanza? C’è contatto nella distanza? Il nostro corpo davvero limita la nostra presenza?

Il primo lavoro della decade Lodola-Ambiveri risponde a queste domande, la logica umana cede all’enorme sapere dell’epidermide e trova una dimensione viva della corporeità che supera la distanza perché il corpo diventa malleabile, fino ad oltrepassare il vuoto, lo spazio, la divisione.
Il valicare la distanza è una presa di posizione degli artisti Lodola-Ambiveri che, in questo particolare momento storico e politico, concepiscono se stessi come inadatti alle separazioni sociali, sessuali, razziali e difendono il senso di umanità in quanto diritto basilare necessario.

Il contatto sensoriale, emozionale ed empatico supera le distanze che limitano l’unione, ed invita il prossimo a non avere timore di mettersi al centro delle proprie scelte. L’essere umano è risultato della totalità delle sue azioni, delle relazioni che instaura con il proprio sé e con gli altri.

L’idea di condividere la presentazione di un lavoro performativo non in live, bensì utilizzando la divulgazione on line, avviene per aprire il discorso a livello globale, invitando il pubblico ad essere presente da qualsiasi luogo si trovi. Ognuno può accedere, ed essere parte di qualcosa.

On line Premiere 20.02.2020

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2020 is the year of duality and sets the beginning of a new decade. 2020 is also the year in which the symbiotic artistic duo Lodola-Ambiveri celebrates its first decade. 2020 is dedicated to the reunification of distant bodies that communicate by means of an empty space which separates them from one another, investigating within their real nature and sense of separation. What does it mean being able to perceive the distance? Is there any contact in distance? Is our presence bound by our physical body?

The first work of the decade Lodola-Ambiveri tries to answer these questions. The logical thinking of the human being collapses under the huge epidermal knowledge, where it finds its true malleable body-related dimension that overcomes distance, space, vacuum and division.

Overcoming distance is a standpoint in Lodola-Ambiveri’s performative work, who, in this particular historical and political era, declare themselves against social, sexual and racial separation and defend the sense of humanity as essential and basic right.

A sensorial, emotional and empathic contact overcomes all distances which restrain cohesion, inviting people not to be scared of acting as lead characters within their own personal choices. A human being is the result of all actions and relationships established with the personal self and the others.

The decision to share a performance online – without a live action, has been taken in order to launch a global debate and, at the same time, to invite people from all over the world to participate. Everyone will be able to watch this performance, becoming active part of it.

On line Premiere 20.02.2020

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ACTIONS AGAINST BORDERS # 1 BREAKING POINT

2019

Installation / Performance

Project selected for 22Cubic artistic residency at MATERIC.ORG

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat – Barcelona

Curators Marina Barsy Janer and Isil Sol Vil

Photography Paco Justicia Cazorla

For the first time this project was developed between two different cities. It works as a bridge to cross the border that divides this two neighboring communities. The border is present, but could be unconsciously crossed on the street. At the same time this border is absolutely evident in terms of jurisdiction. The practice of walking and interviewing people on the street, collectives and individuals working closely about borders dynamics was during 7 days. The starting point for the research was L’Hospitalet de Llobregat from Collblanc to Torrassa and Santa Eulàlia, place where Materic.org is based. Then the investigation proceeded in Barcelona, in Raval, Barceloneta, Born, Gracia and Nou Barris. The last visited place is the center of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

The recorded conversations with collectives and individuals gave the project a wide vision of the particular and unique social structures within these two cities, which are facing up with a government that does not respond to their vital needs and regulations that are forcing foreigners to live as racialized people in different aspects of their life. Housing, jobs, documents, social rights are just a part of the difficulties that most of the people are finding here. Thanks to organizations and individuals the support for crossing these invisible borders is concrete and real. Thanks to Natalia, Mercè – Tanquem els CIE, Mujeres Pa’lante, Musta and Sofiane – Can Migra, Guerra a la guerra – Casal Popular Tres Voltes Revel, Ingrid Léon #ingridsequeda, Mariló – LaFundició, and Florencia Brizuela González.

Official project website

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BLIND DATE

Collaboration Marta Lodola and Anneleen Käferstein

2019

Duration | 20 min

OPEN HOUSE FLUTGRABEN 2019

Photography | Alfonso Moral

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Exhibition Opening / Book Launch / Open Studios

Open/Occupy is a direct response to the ongoing process of gentrification in Berlin. The struggle and worry of losing one’s living and working space is enhanced on a daily base. Open/Occupy believes that the city needs artists because art generates critical knowledge and creates community; art offers alternative visions of the future through experiential forms of discourse; art promotes open-mindedness towards the unknown and the potential of becoming. Together we work towards strategies of civic empowerment, motoring social change, sustaining Freiräume/open spaces and creating a new solidarity-based politics of space.

PUBLICATION: OPEN/OCCUPY
On gentrification, artists and possible futures
With: KOA, AbBA, Kunstblock & many more

EXHIBITION: BLIND DATE
Annelen Käferstein & Marta Lodola
Sharon Paz & Mikala Hyldig Dal
Stefan Klein & Alfonso Moral
André Uerba & Clement Layes
Our curatorial algorithm has paired artists that have not yet collaborated to create a joint artistic intervention

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Previous dispatches:
OPEN CALL :: Artists Of All Media Welcome
Open/Occupy II: Blind Date
Duration: 1-29 September, 2019

Exhibition Concept
For the second edition of Open/Occupy, Flutgraben e.V. will provide an exhibition space for Flutgraben-based artists and artists from outside of the community to collaborate.
The framing term of Open/Occupy II is Blind Date. Instead of having a conventionally curated exhibition, artists that have so far not worked together will collaborate in teams of two on a joint artistic intervention. A jury will pair four artists from Flutgraben with four artists from outside based on artistic intersection points. In the spirit of self-organization and communal empowerment participating artists will also be co-writing the curatorial statement. Artists fees are provided.

Think of this as a playground, an adventure, a lab, a test site, a place to be radical, acute, poignant, sensitive, striking, vulnerable, experimental, and fully in charge!

The selected artists will collaborate towards an exhibition, opening on September 15th, during the open studio event at Flutgraben and an Open/Occupy book launch.
Send your application to collaborate to: open-flutgraben@gmx.de until the 18th of August.

Additionally a screening program curated by Jos Diegel will function as an open platform for a larger body of artists. Finished video works responding to the general context of Open/Occupy can be submitted to josdiegel@gmx.de. In case of multi-channel or special presentations, the artist must prepare for one channel-presentation. Send your video artworks for the digital screening in format mpg4 with any transfer site (wetransfer, airbridge, dropbox or else, much appreciated are online links such as vimeo) additional to your mail with work details (name, duration, media/technique/ format, year, production country, short description, 3-5 sentences free for artist vita).

Flutgraben Open House team:
Mikala Hyldig Dal, Marta Lodola, Xiaowen Zhu, Dirk Lebahn, Pascal Stodieck, Wolfgang Schlegel

Background
In 2018, artist Mikala Hyldig Dal and the Flutgraben e.V. initiated the first edition of Open/Occupy (aka Occupy Flutgraben). It was a week-long open studio and exhibition that provided spaceless artists with the main hall situated in Flutgraben, the largest remaining self-organized artist studio complex in central Berlin. Through an open call, Open/Occupy’s call for action and solidarity between residents and artists received thousands of responses. The result was an open platform that brought together almost a hundred artists working collectively towards expressions and reflections that remain critically engaged with the current politics of space.
(See www.monopol-magazin.de/die-verdraengung-macht-eine-mini-pause).
A publication with essays and artworks from central artists groups actively countering gentrification processes in Berlin (Kunstblock, AbBA, Koalition der Freien Szene and others), edited by Mikala Hyldig Dal and Xiaowen Zhu, will be released in September this year.

Open/Occupy is a direct response to the ongoing process of gentrification in Berlin. There is no other topic more frequently debated amongst residents and artists these days. The struggle and worry of losing one’s living and working space is rapidly enhanced on a daily base. Open/Occupy believes that the city needs artists because art generates critical knowledge and creates community; art promotes independent thinking and preserves cultural memories; art offers alternative visions of the future through experimental forms of experiencing; art promotes open-mindedness towards the unknown and the potential of things. Artists are a driving force in empowering the city, motoring social change, creating Freiräume/open spaces and sustaining flexible modes of identity.

 

 

ART IS SPACE, ART IS IN OUR HEART

Site-specific

2018

Duration | 1 hour

Performance and concept | Marta Lodola

Event | Occupy Flutgraben

Curator |Mikala Hyldig Dal

Place | Flutgraben e.V.

Photo documentation | Jo Narcissa, Livi Meltaus, Dadaware

 

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ARISE

2017

Duration | 6 hours

Performance and concept | Marta Lodola

Event | 20.ZINNOBER Hannover

Curator | Ilka Theurich

Place | Studio Ilka Theurich,

Kulturzentrum Faust

Photo documentation | Ilka Theurich

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Video documentation on Vimeo

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“Thank you”
I know it wasn’t my fault
if you grabbed me by the neck,
I know it wasn’t my fault
if you slapped my right cheek,
I know it wasn’t my fault
if you pushed me to the floor
I know it wasn’t my fault
if my collar bone was nearly broken.
Even when you locked me in our house I was sure that this was not the end.
In those moment I learned how huge my fears are,
and how they are sometimes strongly connected to love.
It’s strange, don’t you think?
After that I was not able to love anymore.
But that was not my nature,
because I’m made of love, light and darkness.
Now, more than four years and a half later
I want to say thank you for what you’ve done,
because leaving you gave me the power to be stronger.

Marta Lodola, part of ARISE, 2017

Highlights are present along our path in a way or another, and the resulting seizure of power on our being can shape in a positive or negative way our life. Often we found ourselves subject to be influenced by relationships, education, cultural dynamics but also by all the experiences we interface with during our existence. Specific external factors reflect within our inner reality, and for this reason we might get the chance to overcome our fear and discover a new reality free from obligations.
The act of sewing traditionally belongs to my life as my mother and my grandmother taught me how to sew buttons when i was a child. I used to fill up a piece of fabric then remove everything and start over again, choosing every day different and funny buttons. I’ve sewn the same piece of fabric over and over, a pocket made of red velvet. Growing up i’ve learned different sewing techniques, finding connections and similarities with painting and artistic creations in general. I keep with me this gesture as a unique sign of my persona and my femininity.
At some point, the joy and the naivety of being a child has been interrupted by a tragic event: a former partner has forced himself on me pushing me to find the strenght and the lucidity to understand what was happenig and finally leave him. In that moment I think I’ve lost, at least in part, the innocence in me that I might have never found again.
Luckily it was not as i thought, and after time I’ve understood the enormous pain i was carrying inside and I’ve decided to look for that child again and keep her with me. My artistic research has provided the lucidity to see things for what they are, detaching me and giving a wider vision.
I’ve found love for myself and for others only by leaving behind my old self made of forced social dynamics and conjectures as a woman. I’ve discovered gratitude for a life of complete faith. The negative experience turned into an unmistakable sign of my true self.
I’ve found myself after recognising and accepting my entirety, appreciating every moment that I’ve lived. Going through this abyss within me I’ve found again my real self.
The performace evokes those moments, positive and negative, whereby I confronted myself with diverse power dynamics in referral to my persona by means of the performative practice.
My true self emerges to experience the present moment, letting go what lies within myself. The rebirth is neverending, new consciousness arises overcoming fear.
During the action I gradually compose the sentence “Through my fears I’ve found myself”, where the writing process consists of two different faces, rationality and instinct. The balance between these two aspects of every individual is the subtle limit where I place the nature of my action. My aim to create meaning gets mixed with a more meditative and chatartic aspect.
Different levels of experience reflect upon the research of our true identity mixing at once the body language and the verbal one. Nothing is separate, everything is connected.

 

 

 

BEING IN THIS WORLD

2017

Duration | 4 h in 2 days

Performance and concept | Marta Lodola and Valerio Ambiveri

Event | Dear Home, Project space exhibition

Curators | Dear Home Collective

Gallery | GlogauAIR, Glogauerstr. Berlin

Location | Inside and outside

Photo documentation | Karsten Hein

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“Being-in-this-world has always dispersed or even split itself up into definitive ways of Being-in. The multiplicity of these is indicated by the following examples: having to do with something, producing something, attending to do something and looking after it, making use of something, giving something up and letting go, undertaking, accomplishing, evincing, interrogating, considering, discussing, determining… All these kind ways of Being-in have concern as their kind of Being”

M.Heidegger, Sein und Zeit, 1929

Being-in-this-world is to live the world. As a simple fact, we exist, we live in space where we are present. The body is our home and our being creates our existence.

We live our home, we take care of it, we develop relationships within our space defining our whole existence. At the same time we can live also places which are not specifically described as home. These places can become the perfect example of “feeling at home”. They become a clear manifestation of spaces that belong to us and are still “ours”.

During the performance we would like to explore the duplicity of living yourself and the world: we live places that are our by necessity or relationships. We investigate the state of living inside and outside.

We live because we are, we relate to ourselves within space and time and we live any places considered “ours”. We inhabit ourselves and we relate to the places life put on our path. We inhabit temporarily physical places coming to life thanks to our actions and our presence.
Duality lies within each one of us, it shapes the action of two individuals connected and separated at the same time. Each one of us will find its path in the world. The confrontation with the “Other” and the role exchange will situate inversely two parts of the Self.

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EQUILIBRIUM | DESTROYING THE BORDER

2017

Duration | 1 hour

Performance and concept | Marta Lodola and Valerio Ambiveri

Event | 4th International Performance Art Week-end

Curators | Luisa Catucci and Dagmar Glausnitzer Smith

Gallery | Luisa Catucci Gallery, Allerstr. 38, Berlin

Wood structures | Barbara Papa

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The balance among our bodies becomes a tool of power and knowledge.

It is the perfect deal among individuals who are similar and different at the same time, observing each other from the inside to eradicate the discrepancy that separates them. Forming one body we become a new figure, we become an individual who is different from the single human being. The cohesion is unearth, the cohesion is a gaze toward the inner part of someone different, who seemed at first extraneous in our eyes.

The dividing line between us is made precarious by our stability. In frontal, and unbalanced position in comparison to the single centers, we unite ourselves through the support of the third eye on our forehead. We become one body, our togetherness make possible a new balance.

The formed body is unique, single and double at the same time. The hands sideways support a precarious structure acting as parameter for our stability. The necessary resistance, to maintain this form, works as mechanism destroying the limit that separates us. The fusion happens through the gaze, creating a sutle game among the eyes, so close to each other and capable to see beyond our perception.

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INNER TRANSITION

2016

Performance and concept | Marta Lodola and Anna Kosarewska

Duration | 3 hours

Gallery | Cell63 Art Platform, Berlin

Photography | Swen-Gabriel Schwalke

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“Confession of a digital Mind: A Live-Stream-Performance”

2017

A live-stream-performance by Marta Lodola & Gal Meyerson

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Who are we, when we subject ourself to a digital matrix of rules and restrictions?
What remains of us once we are forced to eliminate our deviations, absurdities, and obscenities, to censor all the uneven corners of our being? We reveal, verbalize, and display. Taking a new standardized identity, we confess strictly along the guidelines.

In the last 10 years a new public sphere has emerged, and it’s a privately owned one. Those who wish to participate, must follow and respect its restrictions. Most of us accept this sacrifice so gracefully, so willingly; as if it’s the natural price we must pay for obtaining connectedness in an evermore immaterial reality.
Under the promise “to build a more open and connected world” lies the death of individuality and the creation of a single absolute truth.

We invite you for a shared reflection on the issues of power, identity, confession, and truth in the age of the digital social network.
Our performance will take place inside the environment we wish to examine, and will be subjected to the same restrictions and guidelines we wish to challenge.

 

TRUST

2016

Duration 1 hour

WIPAW Warsaw International Performance Art Weekend

Curated by Anna Kosarewska
Hosted by: Pracownia Duży Pokój
Organised by: NGO Stowarzyszenie Rozwój w Biały Dzień
Partners: Q Rators (France/Ukraine)
Photography by Lolo Hjtyu Tuyuyu

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IN THE NAME OF

2016
Duration | 40 minutes
Gallery | Cell63, Berlin
Event | Ophelia-The Exhibition (opening)
Gallery Director, Curator| Luisa Catucci
Photography | Luisa Catucci

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Two days later

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Video Link

Gender-based violence is something inherent in our social sphere. The government provisions seem not able to embank the problem and offer an effective aid.
Since the beginning of the year 80 women died in Italy because of feminicide. A woman dies every two days and, many women suffer constantly from violence without knowing how to ask for help, or to whom.
There  are  no effective punishments for the aggressors and the murderes remaining un-imprisoned even after the reports, being a constant threat for every woman asking for help.
The laws don’t guarantee a real protection, and in situations of home violence there are often dynamic for which is difficult to find a way out from this condition. The report would be only another way to jeopardize your own life.
I remember their lives, their light and their vitality, interrupted by murderous hands. My body is a simple medium, annulled by their presence.

 

TRUST

2016

Duration 2 hours

Event | 48 Stunden Neukölln , Cell63 artplatform, Allerstr. 38, Berlin

Curator | Luisa Catucci

Photography | Karsten Hein

The female body is connected to its standard representation of mere tool proving its own presence and its own identity. The female body has always been persecuted and identified as sexual body connected to aesthetic pleasure. Historically the female role has been subjected to the highest violence discriminations precisely because it is the body of sin, evil and perdition. The broken and shadowed body.
How can the enslaved body identify its own identity and value? What is the process in which we judge the body? In which way our judgement is responsible for the woman condition through history?
The judged female body becomes the starting point to recreate an interaction within reality, although the body as symbol of rejection and power over the individual is actually the opposite. It creates a bridge between the worlds and establish mutual trust among identities communicating through this body.

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WORK IS EVERYTHING / WORK IS NOTHING

2016

Duration 3 hours

CIPAF 4th Cyprus International Performance Art Festival, Kokkinogia Mine, Mitsero

04. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

07. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

13. Artists Marta Lodola & Andri Lazarou_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

15. Artists Marta Lodola & Andri Lazarou_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

20. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

27. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

28. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

24. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

 

THE EARTH WILL TAKE YOU BACK

2016

Duration 3 hours

CIPAF 4th Cyprus International Performance Art Festival, Kokkinopezoula Mine, Mitsero

02. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

13. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

15. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

17. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

20. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

21. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

27. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

32. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

33. Artist Marta Lodola_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

34. Artists Marta Lodola & Ria Hartley_CIPAF 2016_photo Skevi Laou

Photo by Skevi Laou

 

TIME TO READ

2016

Duration 2 hours

3° Weekend of Performance Art- Cell63 meets APAB, Cell63 artplatform, Allerstr.38, Berlin

Time to read_photo by Luisa Catucci (14)

Photo by Luisa Catucci

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Photo by Luisa Catucci

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Photo by Luisa Catucci

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It is time to read, understand, and take a stand.
Let’s focus on the sense of the words and compare it with the reality.
A careful reading of Italian Constitution articles, especially in this historical and political moment, reveals a complete incongruity observing what is actually happening. The events of the Italian chronicles are the perfect example as this text, that should be the clear model of Italian citizens rights and duties, is in reality a realized paradox.
On paper individual freedom is inviolable. Citizens rights are equal in front of the law, and there are no distinctions of sex, race, religion and political views. We know that these distinctions and inequalities are real and they become visible more and more. I see my country in extreme danger, a marvelous place, crib of the art strongly defaced by the affairs and by the political business. I look at my beloved earth and I am sad.
In my left hand I will hold a candle and using my right hand I will take, one after another, the articles printed on every single sheet. Every article gets burnt before its reading so the fire sets the time and dangerously challenge to read more and more.
Reading every article implicates two factors: the risk to suffer a physical damage and at the same time the risk of a limited comprehension of the words during theirs reading.
Risking to be misunderstood or risking to suffer a physical pain due to knowledge, is a compromise that leads to take a stand.
It is an invitation to Reaction.
Time to read is now!

 

LOST IN THE CIRCLE

2016

Duration 1 hour

performance by Marta Lodola and Ruth Biene

APAB Performance Series #1 GlogauAir, Glogauer Str. 16, Berlin

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COVERED

2016

Durational

Cell63 Art Gallery, opening of the exhibition “Svelata | Unveiled”, Berlin

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photo by Ruth Biene

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photo by Ruth Biene

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photo by Giacomo Merkic

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photo by Ruth Biene

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photo by Ruth Biene

The feminine body has always been the biggest proponent and inspiration for beauty and sin, finding itself in the middle of the paradox generated by our intrinsic imperfection: the general parameters of the ideal body – imposed model of what sexual attractive should be – doesn’t correspond of what actually is in nature. A woman naked body is animalistic, sensual, powerful and it comes in all shapes and sizes.

In her performance Marta Lodola progressively wraps her own body with red wool and daily use objects, transforming it from its original identity and loading it with energetic power and mystical meaning. The color symbol of the paradox: red – sensuality and danger.
In geo chromotherapy the red color is known for its gynecological and sexual functions, and more generally it is known for its energetic and initiating virtues, stimulation of blood circulation, in religious rituals and functions it keeps bad energies away and of course it is the color symbolizing eros and passion. The red wool is a material that has strong connection with magic and the feminine reproductive system. With this action the red wool becomes like a second skin, an elevating bridge to a whole new level of presence and conscience.

English text by Luisa Catucci

 

RE_CONNECTION

2015

Duration 2 hours

DIY12: Zierle & Carter and Christina Georgiou “Eyes wide open: Unearthing Fragments on the future”

North of England, Location : Unknown

North of England, DIY15 photo by Christina Georgiou

photo by Christina Georgiou

North of England, DIY15 photo by Christina Georgiou

photo by Christina Georgiou

North of England, DIY15 photo by Christina Georgiou

photo by Christina Georgiou

North of England, DIY15 photo by Christina Georgiou

photo by Christina Georgiou

 

WHISPERING FROM THE ROOTS

DIY12: Zierle & Carter and Christina Georgiou “Eyes wide open: Unearthing Fragments on the future”

2015

North of England, Location : Unknown

Whispering from the roots, 2015 UK, photo by Christina Georgiou

photo by Christina Georgiou

Whispering from the roots, 2015 UK, photo by Christina Georgiou

photo by Christina Georgiou

photo by Ruth Biene (adapted from the original)

photo by Ruth Biene (adapted from the original)

photo by Ruth Biene

photo by Ruth Biene

 

TAKE CARE OF ME

2015

Durational performance, 5 hours

International Performance Summer 2015

‘PUSHING THE INSIDE OUT – DRAWING THE INSIDE IN’
With Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith and Zierle & Carter

Cell63 Art Platform, Berlin, Germany

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Cell63 Art Platform, Berlin photo by Dagmar Glausnitzer Smith

photo by Dagmar Glausnitzer Smith

Cell63 Art Platform, Berlin photo by Dagmar Glausnitzer Smith

photo by Dagmar Glausnitzer Smith

Cell63 Art Platform, Berlin photo by Heekyung Ryu

photo by Heekyung Ryu

Cell63 Art Platform, Berlin photo by Dagmar

photo by Dagmar Glausnitzer Smith

 

VISCERE

International Performance Summer 2015

‘PUSHING THE INSIDE OUT – DRAWING THE INSIDE IN’
With Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith and Zierle & Carter

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photo by David Frankovich

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photo by David Frankovich

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photo by Paul Carter

 

ABOUT A WOMAN

2014

Project_Marta Lodola

Performance_Marta Lodola and Marco De Meo (Contamina)

Event_”About a woman” by Contamina in collaboration with Auser Cologno Monzese and the Municipality of Cologno Monzese for the Auser’s campaign against gender violence

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

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SENZA TITOLO_THE GIFT

2014

Project_Marta Lodola

Videoperformance_Marta Lodola and Valerio Ambiveri

Video_Valerio Ambiveri

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MIA IMMAGINE

2013

Project_Marta Lodola

Performance_Marta Lodola

“Labirinti Festival” by Cooperativa Letteraria, Open011, Torino

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

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photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

 

I’M DYING TO BUILD MY HOUSE

2013

Project_Marta Lodola

Installation and performance_Marta Lodola

Project selected for P.A.C. II, Villa Nappi, Polverigi, Ancona

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CAN YOU HELP ME?…TO DESTROY MYSELF

2013

Project_Marta Lodola

Art action to protest against the eviction of the art gallery XLAB Corrosive Art Farm

XLAB Corrosive Art Farm, Skalitzer Straße 67, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Photographer_Paola Verde

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DOUBLE TRUTH

2012

in collaboration with Valerio Ambiveri.

Video footage from_Collateral Murders, wikileaks.org

“Something New” by Marcello Gungui and RevoltArt in collaboration with Spazio Concept Art Location, Milan

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

photo by Francesco Gabriele Insalaco

 

SENZA TITOLO

2012

Project_Marta Lodola

Performance_Marta Lodola and Silvia Somaschini

Event_”Con i tuoi occhi Colonne di San Lorenzo, in collaboration with Comune di Milano and Chan. By Francesca Guerisoli.

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photo by Daniele Pellizzoni

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photo by Daniele Pellizzoni

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photo by Daniele Pellizzoni

photo by Carlo Mariani

photo by Carlo Mariani

photo by Carlo Mariani

photo by Carlo Mariani

 

 

 

FAK – Actions Urbaines

2012

Guerilla group: Marta Lodola, Chantal Malambri, Sveva Scognamiglio

Batiment B, Université Paris8, Saint Denis, Paris

photo by Abdel

photo by Abdel

photo by Abdel

photo by Abdel

photo by Abdel

photo by Abdel

Fak c’est une action, pas seulement une performance.
Intention, volonté, plutôt qu’un spectacle.
Les armes de la culture ou bien la culture des armes ?
Aussi la liberté est un ordre, et l’espace son champ d’expérimentation et entrainement.
Le paysage n’est plus objet de contemplation, de pure fusion, voire d’extase. Non, il est objet des
discussions, des stratégies, d’actions.
C’est à partir de ces questionnements liberté, guerrilla, sécurité, contrôle, surveillance et pouvoir
qu’on à structuré un mouvement.
Le bâtiment B qui s’offre aux étudiants avec son architecture genre panopticon est devenu
l’extension de notre subjectivité, la centralité à travailler, à repousser pour se déplacer sous une autre
optique. Comment peut on se retrouver après? Qu’est ce que nous a changé ?
Notre défi, le temps pour pratiquer cette intersection, le cadre de la semaine des arts, et les limites
des objets trouvé sur place et la structure architectonique.
Seul le rapport entre le lieu, sa population et nos corps a pu garantir quelque chose, une
compatibilité divergente, entre l’hostilité d’une occupation et la médiation d’une ouverture, un
écrasement calculé, une résurrection volontaire et le risque à tout instant de s’inscrire dans
l’imposition du « je ».
Subvertir, Reformer, hypothèses pour toucher une immatérialité d’un goût plus lointaine de la joie,
verbes avec des modalités en regardant vers l’infinitif, on a tué la seule rationalité qui nous restait,
personne est absente, nouvelles formes de vie se constituent comme des plateformes.
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ITALIAN GIRLS MUST BE BEAUTIFUL

2011

Project_Marta Lodola

Performance_Marta Lodola

Camera_Valerio Ambiveri

In Italy women’s image has undergone a dramatic change over the past twenty years, which has partly been induced by television, media and sexual scandals involving political leaders. As a result, Italian women have soon been exposed to the risk of a generalisation that alienates them.
I talk about resistance as it entails an actual limitation of women’s involvement in this country. This also generates a number of problems regarding women’s social dimension and their ongoing struggle to achieve those unrealistic images so appealing to the contemporary taste.

 

MY BODY IS YOUR BODY

2011

Videoperformance_Marta Lodola

Video footage from_Bombardamenti Usa

Camera_Valerio Ambiveri

My body is your body, it’s everyone’s. Let ourselves become more than witnesses for once. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of those people being targeted or in the shoes of that soldier that’s dropping bombs. What will you be? A victim or a murderer?

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