Roberto Coda Zabetta
Cantiere 1 / Terrazzo

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The project by Roberto Coda Zabetta for the abandoned Complex of Santissima Trinità delle Monache - ex Military Hospital of Naples - has been promoted by the City Council of Naples - Department of Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with the Department of Urban Planning and Common goods and with the “URBACT Interdirectional Project Unit and Networks for the development of urban integrated policies” - 2nd Chance project of the URBACT III program led by the City Council of Naples.  Cantiere 1 / Terrazza received the “Matronato” from Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Arts in Naples.

This was the first stage of a work that touched other cities in Italy and around the world. The basis of Cantiere 1/ Terrazzo is a relationship of mutual involvement between painting, architecture and the territory. The project was intended as an itinerant journey that took place from 28 August until 14 October 2017 in one of the most striking places of the historical center of Naples. The Complex of Santissima Trinità delle Monache was undergoing a urban participatory planning process which involved the citizens and the municipal administration to implement an action for the recovery, re-activation and management of the Complex.

Roberto Coda Zabetta's work focused on creating a large painting on the roof of the former military hospital, an experience yet unseen.

The project has been documented by Henrik Blomqvist, photographer and filmmaker, with video contributions by: Maria Savarese, Ilaria Bonacossa (former Director of the Villa Croce Museum, Genoa, and current director of ARTISSIMA, Turin) and Andrea Viliani (director of the Madre, Museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples).

The work was visible, during the time of exhibition, from the hilly area of Naples behind the architectural complex, becoming a tissue element interacting with the city itself. A public art work for the city, which engaged with the whole building and its architectural heritage.

The whole structure and the abstract figure with which the artist chose to express himself, provided a meeting place between the senses and the intellect, aiming to produce a reference without an intermission between perception and thought, allowing access to another dimension than that governed by simple perspective, which usually identifies our relationship with external reality.


Video: Directed by Henrik Blouquist
Video Production: BlackMamba MILAN
Video contributions: Ilaria Bonacossa, Nino Daniele, Maria Savarese, Andrea Viliani
Project team: Ciro Delfino, Paolo Gambardella, Edoardo Mirabella Roberti, Carla Savarese
Photo: Fabio Donato
Graphic designer: Matteo Blandford
In cooperation with: Annet Gelink Gallery Amsterdam

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