In Mediterranean – of which Sound Corner is presenting a radio version – Anna Raimondo embodies this border by giving it vocal expression. Her voice repeats the word “Mediterranean” over and over; the rhythm is syncopated and hypnotic, the syllables neatly articulated and clearly enunciated. Progressively, the artist's mouth becomes filled with water; it falters, gurgles, and struggles to make the word it is uttering intelligible. The artist does not stop, but grows increasingly breathless; the syllabification is exhausting, yet the pace remains fast. Finally, the voice becomes one with the water and the words melt into pure materiality: a sound-wave that cuts through the flow, having lost its signifying value, and retaining only the rhythmic quality of language. This verbal shipwreck expresses the artist's powerlessness in the face of the tragedy unfolding in the waters of her sea. But her effort at signification also serves as a metaphor for a tireless quest for survival, through the water, beyond the sea, beyond borders... The artist's voice – liquefied into pure sound and vibrations – travels across, connects, spreads, and breaks all limits, passing from one material to another, giving rise to a radical relationality.
In Mediterranean, as is often the case in Anna Raimondo's work, a personal gesture becomes attuned with the public sphere and, through voice – at the crossroads between the body and language, inside and outside, nature and culture – the personal becomes political.
By concession of the artist and of the Arte Contemporanea gallery of Brussels[mlrc1] (BE).
Sound Corner / 54 is in dialogue with the artist's solo exhibition Fronte Nazionale Naso Partenopeo, curated by Marco Trulli at AlbumArte, Rome, until February 29th, 2020.