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Elisa Giardina Papa

1979, Italy


  • TUE - SUN
    23/04 > 25/09
    11 am - 7 pm

    FRI - SAT UNTIL 25/09
    11 am - 8 pm

    TUE - SUN
    27/09 > 27/11
    10 am - 6 pm
     
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Elisa Giardina Papa’s witty, research-based works frame the presentation and performance of gender, sexuality, and labour in the 21st century digital economy. Giardina Papa’s new video installation “U Scantu”: A Disorderly Tale (2021) reimagines the Sicilian myth of the donne di fora (“women from the outside and beside themselves”), described in orally passed-down tales as feminine, but also masculine; human, yet part animal; and benevolent, yet vengeful. This video installation envisions the donne di fora as teenaged “tuners” who ride bikes customized with powerful sound systems through the abandoned postmodern architecture of Gibellina Nuova. The ride of the “tuners” is interspersed with text and visual motifs from a 19th-century collection of Sicilian fairy tales, Giardina Papa’s fragmented childhood memories of songs and stories told by her grandmother, and the 16th and 17th- centuries Inquisition trials that criminalized women that were believed to be donne di fora. Accompanied by ceramic sculptures of goose feet and braided snakes made in collaboration with Sicilian artisans, “U Scantu”: A Disorderly Tale repurposes the magical, ritualistic, and fantastical as radical forces that generate an imaginative space beyond predetermined categories of humanness and womanhood.

Ian Wallce

Images

Elisa Giardina Papa, “U Scantu”: A Disorderly Tale, 2022  
Video and ceramic installation
​12 min. Courtesy the Artist

Installation view
Photo Nicolò Gemin

“U Scantu”: A Disorderly Tale (2022)
Production credits

Executive Production: Ornella Costanzo                                          
Assistant Artist: 
Rebecca Moccia
Director of Production: Genny Petrotta
Production Consultant: Sara Tirelli
Poem by: Megan Fernandes
Director of Photography: Sara Purgatorio AIC, AMC
Camera Assistants: Giulia Costumati, Bernardo Giannone
Sound Recordists: Claudio Gravano, Marco Schimenti
Set Assistants: Adriano La Licata, Bruno Bonafede
Gibellina Locations Consultant: Nicolò Stabile
Tuning Bikes Production: Ciccio Ballarò,Tommaso Piances, Antonino D’Amico
Props: Adriano La Licata
Tailors: Concetta Chillemi, Mirella Romano
Editing: Ilenia Zincone
Colorist: Andrea Facchini
Original Music by: duendita
Sound Design: Michele Braga and Angelo Sicurella                                    
Sicilian Music Researcher: 
Nino Scaffidi
Costume Design by: Mike Grapes - Savant Studios
Exhibition Design by: Camilo Oliveira
Ceramics Production by: Ezzina Chokri Ceramiche 
Theoretical Researcher: Be Schierenberg
Poem Translation Sicilian: Elisa Puleo
Voice in Sicilian: Aurora Peres
Donne di Fora & Bike Tuners: Aurora Amato, Ludovica Caravello, Beatrice Del Verme, Gineba Di Pisa, Francesca Foti, Giuliana Grillo, Marika Gullo, Cristel Francesca Lima Pina, Roberta Longo, Simona Mastrolembo, Sabrina Merandi, Rossella Sollazzo, Youssra Tourougou
Make up and Hair Artist: Francesco Paolo Catalano
Manicure Artist: Morgana
Rope Performer: Sabrina Merandi
Goat Trainer: Rosario Petralia

A production in collaboration with: Smart Italia Soc. Coop. Impresa Sociale

A special thank goes to: Laura Barreca, Natasha Becker, Barbara Casavecchia, camerAnebbia, Rocco e Fabio Cirifino, Michele Cristella, Mary Ann Doane, Pê Feijó, Giovanna Fiume, Giovanni Fontana Antonelli, Nicolò Gemin, Fabrizio Giardina Papa, Nate Harrison, Pierluigi Mannella, Radha May (Nupur Mathur, Bathsheba Okwenje), Andrea Masu, Perrin Meyer, Laura Miraglia, Simone Mogliè, Greg Niemeyer, Luciana Parisi, Federica Futura Patti, Alberto Salvadori, Lou Silhol Macher, Damon Young.
The Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley
Queer Theory Rewilded School in Lisbon  (Jack Halberstam, Tavia Nyong'o, Damon Young)
The co-owners of Palazzo Biscari: The Moncada Paternò Castello family, the Grimaldi family and the Costanzo family.
Donato Nubile e Cesare Frignati per Smart Italia.
And to:
Insula Palermo, TUTI Palermo, Priscilla Barbaro, Stefano Colonna, Delia Gaspare Morticelli, Sveva Pagliaro, Yumiko Maria Reginella, Angela Senapa, Bruno Sirianni, Enrica Zaccone.

The archival and theoretical and research is based on the studies of:
Ernesto De Martino, Il mondo magico. Prolegomeni a una storia del magismo (1948);
and Sud e magia (1959)
Giovanna Fiume, Del Santo Uffizio in Sicilia e delle sue carceri (2021)
Laura Gonzenbach, Sicilianische Märchen (1870)
Elsa Guggino, I canti e la magia. Percorsi di una ricerca, and Fate, sibille e altre strane donne (2004)
Maria Sofia Messana, Inquisitori, negromanti e streghe nella Sicilia moderna (1500-1782) (2007)
Luigi Pirandello, La favola del figlio cambiato (1932)
Mel Y. Chen, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (2012)
Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004)
Michel Foucault, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (1994);
and The Lives of Infamous Men (1977).
Jack Halberstam, Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire (2020)
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (2013)
Saidiya Hartman, Venus in Two Acts (2008)
José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009)
Tavia Nyong’o, Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (2018)


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