Ministry of Loneliness
Multichannel video installation, thermal imaging series, office furnitures, ceramics.
Ministry of Loneliness, Installation view, Fondazione ICA, Milan 2023.
Cold As You Are, Installation view, The Armory Show, New York 2022.
Ministries of Loneliness screening, Fondazione Prada, Cinema Godard, Milano 2023.
Ministry of Loneliness: Premise, Installation views, Jupiter Woods, London, 2022.
Building on an exploration of the Ministry of Loneliness – established in 2018 in the United Kingdom and replicated in 2021 in other countries such as Canada and Japan – Ministry of Loneliness is a research project and multimedia installation that develops a reflection on the political and social structures shaping the emotional state of loneliness and its perception in contemporary society.
The work stems from extensive research that the artist has carried out in different contexts, including Italy, the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
The installation includes:
A multi-channel non-fiction film (Ministries of Loneliness, color, sound, 17′, 2023), shot by Rebecca Moccia, which juxtaposes different materials collected during the research, from parliamentary archives to scientific and narrative literature, from direct and indirect experiences and testimonies;
A series of thermal portraits (Cold As You Are, series, variable dimensions, 2022) printed on cotton paper and mounted on aluminum providing an emotional reportage of places, bodies, and situations encountered during the research;
87 ceramic works (Loneliness Scales, Decal and graphite on ceramic. 87 pz. 30 x 33 x 1,5 cm each, 2023) that materialise and monumentalise the Loneliness Scale, a scale developed by the University of California in 1978 to assess the level of loneliness of a given subject and which is still used by governments today, employed by the artist as a tool for public workshops held during the research.
The Ministry of Loneliness project has been supported by the Italian Council (10th edition, 2021), a program by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture and Outset Partners Grant. It has been realized in partnership with Jupiter Woods and Outset England,(UK), Magazzino Italian Art,(USA), Italian Embassy, Tokyo (Japan), Fondazione ICA, Milan (Italy).
The video installation has been produced by Careof, in collaboration with Fondazione ICA, Milan. A single-channel screening version was also released by the artist.
The installation display for the exhibition at Fondazione ICA has been realised by Studio GISTO in dialogue with the artist. The soundscape accompanying the installation has been created by the sound artist Renato Grieco.