Naples, Italy (1990), lives and works in Naples

Raffaela Naldi Rossano, We are the granddaughters of the witches you were never able to burn
Collection of Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee – Museo Madre

We are the granddaughters of the witches you were never able to burn claims an emancipation from the historical events that produced a patriarchal social structure. Indeed, the title of the work evokes the ghosts of witches, resilient figures who were capable of subverting political and economic orders and who were therefore hunted down and burned at the stake, a historical event that for philosopher and activist Silvia Federici, represents the transition from feudalism to capitalism, and the consequent growth of hetero-patriarchal regimes. The artist materializes these words in ceramic tiles made in Vietri to reappropriate through pagan and artisanal traditions of Southern Italy this manifesto phrase, which has become a product of Halloween merchandising nowadays, and thus giving visitors the opportunity to deconstruct the language and collectively recompose the text in order to stitch together new meanings. A Liquid Confession I, a stoup containing organic elements that transform in the different modes of installation depending on the specific context, refers back to the Kastalia fountain in the Greek city of Delphi, which Naldi Rossano visited during a pilgrimage that had the intent of narration of an autobiographical fiction related to techniques of personification of mythological archetypes together with a group of female collaborators, experimenting with the creation of temporary communities, transformations and materialization of energies. For this exhibition, the artist decided to fill the stoup with seawater taken from Cuma, near the archaeological site of the Antro della Sibilla.