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Sound Corner / 54

Anna Raimondo

Mediterraneo, 2014

from Fri 7 Feb to Sat 29 Feb 2020 | Sound Corner
The Mediterranean Sea is marked by many ambiguities. In the ancient world it often represented a connecting space for economic, social, cultural, and political exchanges. Today it has been redefined as a borderline between North and South, between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East: a liquid and shifting yet inaccessible border within the framework of a wider process of proliferation, multiplication, and fluidification of borders in our globalized world.
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. 
 

Elena Biserna
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Anna Raimondo
Mediterraneo, 2014 
5’52”
 
from Fri 7 Feb to Sat 29 Feb 2020 | Sound Corner

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Anna Raimondo, born in italy in 1981, lives in Brussels (Be) and works internationally. She completed the MA Sound Arts at the London College of Communication (UAL, London, UK) and is running a practice based PHD between Arba (Royale Académie de Beaux Arts) and ULB University in Brussels (Be) on urban geography and gender perspectives. She had solo shows in Italy and abroad and has participated in many collective exhibitions and biennials, such as "Every Time A Ear di Soun - a documenta 14 Radio Program" at SAVVY (Berlin, DE); “Africa is not an island” at MACAAL (Marrakech, MA); “Africa is not an island” at MACAAL (Marrakech, MA).