by Luca Coclite
Within the project ‘Et in terra pacis’,
Curated by Ramdom,
In collaboration with Mattia Epifani
Corso Umberto I 37, Gagliano del Capo (Lecce)
21st December2017 – 14th January2018
Opening: Thursday, 21st December at 18.00
Ramdom presents the visual artwork ‘HALL’ by Luca Coclite, as a result of a personal research of the artist in collaboration with the director Mattia Epifani. Conceived in 2017 within the ‘Et in terra pacis’ project, it was created thanks to the contribution of the New Works – Visual Arts SIAE | Sillumina – Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura e MiBACT.
The video work, which takes the form of a multimedia video installation through the use of intermediary devices, tells three stories that have gone through in a symbolic place in the history of the Salento area from 1960 to today: the former temporary residence Regina Pacis in San Foca, a seaside resort in the Municipality of Melendugno.
Originally used in the late sixties and mid-eighties as a summer camp for children, the structure was transformed from 1998 to 2006 in the largest Italian Temporary Reception Centres (CAS), ended in the storm of many judicial scandals for the violence suffered by refugees. Today it is an abandoned structure with a high impact on the natural landscape that is about to become a five-star resort.
Regina Pacis represents a contradictory place of passage and border that, like Salento, in the last six decades has experienced a profound metamorphosis marked by three different moments of its history: the age of tradition and popular dimension (now lost), the years immigration (from the Balkans and North Africa) and the era of mass tourism. The place finds itself in continuous transformation according to the function designated by the present times, it remains indifferent to the destinies of those who live in there.
In the multimedia display, the three different realities find each other on the screen without interruption and interact with the viewer in an immersive way.
We want to reflect on how hospitality works, according to its different meanings: tourist reception as a result of the relationships (most often fictitious) of the tourist with the entire local system and the reception system in the area of asylum seekers, refugees and recipients of subsidiary protection.
Key concepts are analyzed, including sharing and its contradiction, the place intended as a custodian of memories, isolation, conflict and contamination.
The closing exhibition of the residence ‘Sino at the end of the sea’ and the presentation of the work ‘HALL’ are part of the off program of Lands End Contemporary Art Festival.
Luca Coclite (Gagliano del Capo, 1981) is a visual artist, who focuses his research on the contemporary image linked to the landscape and architecture to investigate sociological contexts.
In 2011 he founded Ramdom together with Paolo Mele, becoming by then an artistic curator. The association of cultural production promotes contemporary art projects, such as ‘Research on the Extreme Lands’. The workspace and the exhibition hall are situated on the first floor of the Gagliano – Leuca railway station, the last one active in the south-east of Italy.
He is co-founder of the artistic collective Casa a Mare, between Bologna and Puglia.
He took part in international artistic residencies and participated in numerous festivals. Regularly, he exhibits his works in public and private spaces. At the moment, his artwork can be visited at the Nowhere Gallery in Milan.