Alessia Rollo

Alessia Rollo

born in Lecce (IT), 1982
lives in Italy

Alessia Rollo is a conceptual photographer. She obtained a Master in “Creative Photography” in 2009 at the school EFTI in Madrid. She participated in solo and group exhibitions in Spain, Italy and Brazil and worked with the “Media Lab Prado” in the making of the Fluxstudio Performance Project. She was selected for the international art residency Default – Masterclass in residence in 2011, for a residency at the MO.ta in Ljubljana in 2013 and for the Biennale of Young Artists of the Mediterranean in 2015.

Fata Morgana
2015—

text by Gioia Perrone

Fata Morgana nasce nel 2015 da una personale esigenza dell’autrice di esplorare e ricostruire il proprio territorio di origine, il Salento, attraverso una lente della migrazione, del passaggio e dell’attraversamento, elementi che sin dall’infanzia hanno marcato il suo ricordo e la sua memoria. Il Salento, come l’Europa tutta, è recentemente diventato fenomeno illusorio di popoli in fuga dall’Africa, dai Balcani o di turisti in cerca di nuovi paradisi dell’ozio.
Analizzando alcuni simboli e alcuni scenari legati a fenomeni recenti e passati, decontestualizzando oggetti e creando messe in scena, in questo progetto Alessia Rollo ha “cercato di indagare il legame che si è stabilito con la memoria, cercando di dare nuovi significati e aprire nuovi immaginari meno drammatici dal punto di vista estetico, ma non per questo meno significativi su fenomeni come lo sfruttamento dei lavoratori stagionali, la migrazione clandestina o il rapporto con la vicina Albania”.
L’autrice ha definito questa ricerca un tentativo di restituzione di complessità all’immagine del Salento, così appiattito dal marketing territoriale regionale degli ultimi anni.

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The project Fata Morgana started in 2015, stemming from the personal need of the author to explore and reconstruct her region of origin, Salento. The elements of migration and transition have marked the author’s memory since her childhood and are the imaginary lenses through which she structures the reconstruction. Salento, as well as whole Europe, has recently become an illusion of refugees seeking asylum from Africa and from the Balkans, or of tourists looking for new relaxing destinations.
Alessia Rollo analysed several symbols and scenarios linked to recent and past events, decontextualizing objects and creating settings. Her project tried to “analyse the link that has been established with the memory”, “trying to attribute new meanings and to create new visions. Despite being less dramatic from an aesthetic standpoint, these visions are not less meaningful when it comes to phenomena such as the exploitation of seasonal workers, clandestine migration or relations with the neighbouring Albania.”
According to the author, this research is an attempt to recreate the complexity of the image of Salento, belittled by the territorial marketing of the region developed in recent years.

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