no politics, no war, just simple stories
On the occasion of the inaugural opening of its new venue in Milan, unosolo, the project room of 1/9unosunove is pleased to announce the solo show by Italian artist Raffaella Crispino (1979, Naples).
No politics, no war, just simple stories presents the artworks that the artist created during her last residence at the JCVA in Jerusalem and which are the result of an elaboration of materials belonging to her personal memory and related to the war in Lebanon in 1984. Objects and images from different times and places are now connected to unfold a new story. The title both denies and confirms a moment of conflict, echoing the interest of the artist for these important themes which are described through direct esperiences and everyday life.
Raffaella Crispino constantly poses questions about the places she visits: she observes their characteristics respecting their differences, she reveals contraddictions while unveiling possible references with her homeland and personal history. Photos, archives of objects and images found during her frequent travels, video and installations offer a view of the Israeli and Palestinian cultures, the story of a journey that turns into a careful social, anthropological and political portrayal always mantaining a profound human and spontaneous aspect.
The video Lebanon 1984 well combines the theme of conflict, the fascination towards those middle-eastern countries and a strong personal feature. It is the elaboration of a long amateur film shot by the father of the artist while he was serving as a UN helicopter pilot during the Lebanon war in 1984. Images of local people, flights and rescues alternated with jokes and playful moments are accompanied by a personal selection of songs chosen by the protagonists themselves. It is an artwork that narrates with delicacy and lightness a very special daily life with nostalgic, ironic, funny and sometimes heroic tones.
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