ANNIBEL CUNOLDI ATTEMS: Porto Vecchio
6 June – 31 July 2012
6 June – 31 July 2012
Cankarjev dom Ljubljana
Central to the Porto Vecchio photographic installation are large photographic images of one of the now demolished port facilities in Trieste.
Annibel Cunoldi Attems took the picture in 2002 and in 2011, the photograph was printed in both positive and negative forms on plexiglass. The negative image bears words by the Trieste writer Claudio Magris, testifying to the artist’s sensitivity to places, to her allowing for the coexistence of both the past and the future as well as a cross mixing of cultures. Because these photographs are hung away from the walls, the transparent images create a play of light, with reflections and traces of shadows upon the wall’s surface.
Born in Gorizia, Italy, Annibel Cunoldi Attems has been a freelance artist in Berlin since 1990, where she took a Ph.D. in German language and literature. She studied art in Paris. Prior to that, in the seventies and early eighties, she dedicated her artistic efforts mainly to graphic art and painting.
She identifies, using letters and words, the principal elements of conceptually designed installations created in close relation to historical sites and buildings. The combination of words or word-constructions, provide meanings and symbolic references through their distribution and positioning and through the “linguistic” network of words in various languages that help create different associations and possible interpretations.
The intense constructional energy and the contrast between new Berlin architecture and the historical sites of Rome and Gorizia, sharpened the artist’s attention towards architectural monuments as witnesses of time; she was drawn to buildings that still retain memories of the past. Since the mid-1990s, Annibel Cunoldi Attems’ conceptual projects and installations have been related to the language of architecture, to the places and spaces characterised by troubled history, and so through her ever more frequent use of photography, she relates art to collective or individual memories and histories.