Fellows in Residence
Bogliasco Fellowship Recipients - Spring 2021
Virginia Scudeletti – Choreographer/Performer – Italy/United Kingdom
Virginia Scudeletti will focus on her solo practice, which combines elements from various performative medias – from real-time composition to storytelling and abstract movement. She is interested in diving into the “not knowing”: negating the necessity of defining and describing, but exploring the presence of oneself in the current space, in the current story, and in the current world.
Salomé Lamas – Filmmaker/Visual Artist – Portugal
Salomé Lamas will work on three projects: Ouro e Cinza, a feature film where, in a kind of redemption exercise, two women go beyond their limits in order to free themselves of their comfortable, yet suffocating, lives; Pantheras, a documentary film where the response to Coronavirus is an opportunity for reform; and Gaia, an interactive audiovisual experience that acknowledges social and ecological interdependence in an apocalyptic crisis.
Daniela Fargione (Literature-Scholarship) – Translator, Professor of Anglo-American Literature and Environmental Humanities, University of Turin – Italy
Reshaping the Real, Empowering Women: Afrofuturistic Speculative Fiction
Daniela Fargione will develop an article on Afrofuturistic speculative fiction. When the term “Afrofuturism” was coined, most of the writers were men and stories male-dominated. Today, this subgenre of science fiction is becoming more female-authored. Their narratives interrogate the postcolonial condition by expressing visions of a non-patriarchal society and more just and equitable futures, eventually proving that speculative fiction is a genre bursting with possibilities
Enrico Piergiacomi (Philosophy) – Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Trento – Italy
Theatresophy: the interpretation of theatre and the actor in ancient philosophy (part 1)
Enrico Piergiacomi will be writing a first book based on Teatrosophy, a philosophical popularization project that since November 2014 has been investigating how ancient philosophers interpreted theater and the art of acting. This preliminary investigation will start from the so-called “Presocratics” and will end with Plato/the first Platonists. In parallel to this research activity, Piergiacomi will also reflect on how to transform the material into some lecture-performances.
LITERATURE - SCHOLARSHIP
Giuliana Bendelli – Researcher, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano – Italy
Re-presenting Shakespeare in translation
Giuliana Bendelli will carry on her research on Roberto Sanesi’s translation of Shakespeare’s plays with a particular focus on Henry V and Pericles, prince of Tyre. Roberto Sanesi (1930-2001) was a distinguished poet, translator and multifaceted artist. His approach to the process of translating implies the mutation from a written text to a script for theatre. Drawing from the huge amount of material preserved at Pavia University, Bendelli will highlight his essential contribution, working in close collaboration with theatre directors and scene painters, to the final performance.
Cinzia Scarpino – Assistant professor of Anglo-American Culture and Literature, University of Turin – Italy
Between the 1930’s and 60s, during the Fascist period through post-WW2 “Reconstruction”, the publisher Mondadori contributed to the shaping of a public taste for American novels in Italy, introducing contemporary US literature to a wide national readership. Cinzia Scarpino will be completing a scholarly monograph, based on new archival research, on the story of American-Italian literary transfer.
Zeno Baldi – Composer – Italy
Zeno Baldi will focus on a thirty minute collaborative piece commissioned by Yarn Wire, a piano-percussion quartet based in New York City. The work, originally planned for 2020 and postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, involves feedback explorations through/on grand piano strings, drum skin (toms) and metal (cymbals), microtonal tunings and shifting pulses.
Roberta Vacca – Pianist, Composer – Italy
Ego Te Absolvo
Roberta Vacca will work on Ego Te Absolvo, a musical theater act for an actress, a dancer, a cello, and electronic sound. Based on a text by Cinzia Della Ciana, the piece is inspired by the quarrel between Pope Celestine V and Dante Alighieri on the misunderstanding generated from the verse of the third canto of Dante's Inferno "He, who made through cowardice the great refusal". This project celebrates both Dante's 700th anniversary and the “Perdonanza Celestiniana” (Celestinian Forgiveness), a holy event established in 1294 by Pope Celestine V and held in L'Aquila, Vacca’s hometown.
Luce Delhove – Visual Artist – Belgium/Italy
During her residency, visual artist Luce Delhove will work on engravings, drawings and three-dimensional works inspired by the Villa dei Pini and the surrounding landscape. It is not a question of improvising, but of encounters linked to surprise and discovery, with an objective of realizing her ideas and emotions in three dimensions.
Farhad Ostovani – Visual Artist – Iran/France
Farhad Ostovani will continue work already begun on a series of paintings inspired by the sonnet collection, La Vita Nuova, by Dante Alighieri. This work is part of the celebration this year, commissioned by the Italian government, of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. Ostovani will also be working on a collection of essays called The Blue Notebook.