Interviewing Samantha Stella founder and soul of of visionary artistic project ”CORPICRUDI” has been something i’ve been longing to do for quite some time now,as i declare myself an avid fan of hers and Sergio Frazzingaro’s work.So here i am,happy to introduce”CORPICRUDI”,an artistic project that crosses the line between body art,fashion,video art and photography.
What is the overall vision behind the name?
CORPICRUDI is a combination of two Italian words sounding like “raw bodies”. It is a visionary artistic project conceived by me, Samantha Stella, and Sergio Frazzingaro, actually based in Milan, Italy. We work with photography and video made directly by us, and installations with structural and bodily elements conceived and directed by us, revealing our reflections on the body, death, beauty, harmony and eternity. We collaborate with writers, poets, visual artists, choreographers, fashion stylists and cultural networks, and present our projects in art galleries, theaters and museums.
What inspires you? Fashion, history, music, images…
We look at our historical past as a great source of inspiration, especially the Classical, Neoclassical and Preraphaelite periods, combining it to a contemporary mood. Music, from electronic to new wave and classical (Autechre, Joy Division, Chopin), and aesthetic rigor are important elements of our creations (Sergio is also an electronic producer and architect). Basically we take care of every detail appearing in our works, including costume and set design and styling. Control in the postures of the real bodies used in our live installations is due to my dance background.
What is your latest project about?
Our last project is “Sinfonia in Bianco minore” (“Symphony in White minor”) made in collaboration with artist Daniele Giunta, curated by Claudia Attimonelli and presented at Traffic Gallery in Bergamo, Italy. A reflection on the sentiment of eternity through a combination of photography and small drawings, a big painting lighted by a small videoprojection (photo and video by us, drawings and painting by Giunta). For the exhibition opening, a live installation was set up in the evocative spaces of the old matroneum in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo: a motionless white dressed female body near the old painting of the patron saint was capturing the spectators while the music composed and performed at the piano for the exhibition by Giunta was in the air. In the gallery a score composed and performed by me at the piano was playing as soundtrack of the video. Music was used in this project as an instrument of our reflections and not as a commentary.
Could you define “beauty’’ or “style’’ in your very own terms?
Beauty is a historical value running through the ages and the various means of human expression, while style is something connected with the aesthetic care of a person or a situation.
Any more infos you’d like to share with us regarding CORPICRUDI?
We are currently working on a new project inspired by an important Italian vate of poetry and by an English painter, including collaborations with academics, historians, journalists, poets and visual artists who were invited by us to give their suggestions in words about a particular work. Their texts will become part of an installation with structural, video-photographic and bodily elements created by us that will be presented next autumn 2013 in Milan and Venice. We are also thinking about a transposition in theater in collaboration with choreographer Matteo Levaggi of Balletto Teatro di Torino due to the success of our past creations together (“Primo Toccare” – with our set concept and costume design – and “Le Vergini” – from a project conceived by us, and our set and costume design – performed in international theaters in New York, Lyon, Belgrade, Miami, and Italy of course).
(many thanks to Samantha Stella for the Inter-View above plus all the inspiration over the years!)