Oltre il giardino / Beyond the Garden

Jacquard cotton fabric, iron structure, rope

Textile size: 1895 x 146 cm

Installation view at Rocca Roveresca di Senigallia (Ancona)

  • Photo: Ela Bialkowska | OKNOstudio

Being There. Oltre il giardino, curated by Leonardo Regano, was realized thanks to the support of the Italian Council (IX edition, 2020), a program for the promotion of Italian contemporary art in the world, by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.

Oltre il giardino was the final result of the two-years (2021-22) project promoted by Rocca Roveresca di Senigallia (IT), institute of the Marche Regional Museum Directorate in collaboration with NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem (IL), CIMEC-Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento and Rovereto, Maramotti Collection of Reggio Emilia (IT), Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino (IT). The jacquard fabric was realized in collaboration with the center of research on fabric Lottozero in Prato, in collaboration with Aròmata loom lab in Pistoia.

Being there. Oltre il giardino, an artist book published by VIANDUSTRIAE, Foligno.

Being There. Oltre il giardino - Website

The project

What’s your idea of a natural place?

Starting from this question, addressed to a heterogeneous audience in terms of age, professions and nationality, Claudia Losi has created Being There. Oltre il giardino (Being There. Beyond the Garden), the latest chapter in a 20-year research project focused on the interweaving of meaning, perception and memory that humans enact when they look at the world. The artist undertook a survey among a sample of about four hundred people – of different ages, backgrounds and geographical origins – through a call for participation and a series of seminars. The visual and narrative contributions collected over the course of several research and active engagement experiences (in various art and science institutions in Singapore, Israel, and Italy) were processed for the creation of a new operation, Oltre il giardino (Beyond the Garden).

The work created for the Rocca Roveresca in Senigallia, is a 18-meter-long jacquard fabric that presents a graphic elaboration of the contributions collected by the artist during all the different phases of the project. A multitude of heterogeneous reflections – different languages, different authors and different media – on the theme of the perception of a natural place have been translated by Losi into suggestions capable of creating a coherent and unprecedented narrative of his research experience.

Open call of the project