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Lucrezia Costa/ Spring Issue

Lucrezia Costa is an emerging artist but first of all she is an uncomfortable crack. She started to be a crack when she decided to enter inside the “selva oscura” that Dante faces at the beginning of his journey in the Divina Commedia. The Bachelor degree in Photography, the Master degree in Visual Arts and Critical Studies (at NABA, Milan) and the pandemic emergency accelerated the process, like an earthquake that generates fractures in a solid wall. She is exploring the depth and all the crossroads generated inside a rupture that is constantly changing and deepening through nature and the earth element. With her practice she tries to bring on the surface pieces of what she found in the abyss with the aim and hope of creating shock waves.

“Rise into decline” could be defined as a work that focuses on that kind of art where the author triggers the process and after that, it flows by itself. It is an attempt to make visible the entropic process, the irreversibility of every experience we live and so the never ending rupture of balances that are just apparently solid.

After an encounter with a geologist, Lucrezia Costa decided to build a small portion of wall with hollow bricks and plaster with a square shape, symbol of firmness. Costa wanted to put this wall in a condition of stress, so she created a small vibrant table that is equipped with a motor that generates oscillators and gasps movements (like an earthquake). She wanted to prove that the wall would have cracked and demonstrate that cracks are signs that don’t need to be covered, because they represent openings in the matter that reveals something new that was not visible before. But what if the wall doesn’t crack? Who decide the necessary amount of time for this process to happen? Costa understood that she had the presumption of taming time. She built, deconstructed and assembled again, she was an active part because she triggered the process, but when is the work done? When the time will beat Stonehenge or the Colosseum? When a cancer will beat a body? Which variables get in the game? If the wall cracks she would feel relieved because she can embrace the error and its uniqueness or restless because she had to surrend at the idea that eternal perfection can beat time going against her idea? The project started as a conceptual work that was not satisfying for the author and generated frustration but when she actioned the motor and looked at the process working, she started to feel distressed. The more she observed the wall trembling over the structure she created, the more she felt an hypnotic restlessness. She understood she was hostage of time. She decided to film the process of monitoring the wall during the process in order to make visible the way she felt.


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