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Press release / VIVI SEPUTURA
Florence Artist in Residence (F_AIR) / curated by Lucia Giardino / Florence, Italy


F_AIR, Florence Artist in Residence and FUA, Florence University of the Arts, are thrilled to
host Vivi Sepultura the final solo exibition of ours Fall 2013 artist in residence, Larissa Aharoni,
opens @ F_AIR tuesday 26 November and runs for 16 weeks until February 13, 2014.

A word from the artist:

Context is always very interesting to me - the challenge of working in a new environment.
I am not a typical studio artist who creates things in their own studio, within themselves,
only to emerge one day and to bring the work to the world. I like projects, going to a place
and responding to a context, as most of my works are site-specific. Teaching and working
in an academic environment, both in the classroom and in the open studio space (literally
a glass box in the heart of the arts building sandwiched between the gallery and the
classrooms) lead me to an interesting methodology for this project. I decided I would limit
myself to materials found only in the school, the same tools that the students have access
to, in order to force a direct interaction between the work and working environment. When
I heard that there were ceramic classes taking place I was thrilled by the idea of working
with clay and started to ask myself how this material could be used today and moreover,
why should it be used today- one of the oldest materials in human cultural history. To me,
the clay seemed a bit overloaded with its historical cultural relevance and the fact that it
had been disparaged in the world of art toward the end of the 20th century, a medium
restricted mainly for use in crafts and decoration - a somewhat taboo area for much of the
fine arts crowd. In today’s world, driven by digital technology, I thought it would be tempting
to investigate this material, a slight return in the midst of the city where renaissance was born.
Well, in the end the installation is also about combining modern and traditional medias, playing
with analog versus digital, stillness and motion.

VIVI SEPULTURA, which is Latin for “buried alive”, is my first video installation. Its been quite
a challenge since this work incorporates many different medium and materials that the school
offers. The project deals with the media itself, but also incorporates a critique on society and
tragic events that are happening today right under our noses, but that are often overlooked --
refugees on boats, fleeing their home countries and dying on their way to Europe, drowning in
the Mediterranean Sea.