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Salvatore ARANCIO / Visual arts & creative writings

The main focus of the stay of Salvatore Arancio at Foundation Thalie is to create a new artist publication called Scenes of Wonder in Many Lands, his own subtle re-edit of a geology book originally published in London in 1869. This will be a follow up to a book he made in 2011 entitled: “Wonders of the Volcano”.

Salvatore Arancio was born in Catania, Italy in 1974. Lives and works between London and Nice. The main interest at the centre of Salvatore Arancio’s artistic practice lies in the potential of images. Particularly in how images and their meaning can be re-framed or re-viewed. Each facet of his practice contains an intertwining juxtaposition of the roots and representation of images: natural and artificial, mineral and vegetable, scientific and mythological. Departing from their literal meaning, through the use of a wide range of media such as ceramics, etching, collage, animation and video, Arancio creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting, aiming to create a sort of Atlas of confusion.

Joël Riff, guest curator for the 2021 residency will be guiding laureates over the course of working sessions.