20 June 2018 - 5 October 2018, Via Malta 21 (Piazza Borsa), Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Cassata Drone is an exhibition involving RAQS Media Collective, Maria D Rapicavoli and Stefano Cagol.
For Cassata Drone, MDR has realized a site specific installation, Crooked Incline, using white porcelain sculptural elements. The installation is based on the sense of instability and displacement caused by the structure of the building, which leans because of a WWII bomb.
6 June 2018 - 4 November 2018, Teartro Garibaldi, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Manifesta 12 is the twelveth edition of the European Nomadic Biennial, founded in the early 1990s as a European biennial of contemporary art striving to enhance artistic and cultural exchanges after the end of Cold War. On view, Article 11 (2018) is a project by Tania Bruguera in collaboration with various artists including MDR.
MDR contributs to the collaborative work, Article 11, with M.U.O.S., Construction Site (2013), and HF (3-30MHz) (2013). The first piece is one of three large size photo providing an overview of different stages during the construction of the MUOS (Mobile User Objective System) – a controversial system of satellite communications at ultra-high dangerous frequency built on the Niscemi (SIcily) US Naval Radio Transmitter Facility (NRTF) base. HF (3-30MHz) (2013) is a photograph of the Naval Radio Transmitter Facility (NRTF) Niscemi established in the south-central part of Sicily.
The Ocean after nature
2016 - 2018, various locations
The Ocean After Nature is a traveling exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Invoking personal themes of identity and migration, alongside more universal concerns related to tourism, trade, and the exploitation of natural resources, the exhibitions responds to the intertwined factors that define new understanding of the ocean.
MDR participates the exhibition with Load Displacement, a video shot in a small harbor in an Italian island, Lampedusa. The video shows overnight port activities, including ships leaving and landing as well as over 100 Tunisian people disembarking from a coastguard vessel, in the vicinity of a local amusement park carousel.
intimacies (mediterranean civilization)
24 September 2017 - 22 December 2017, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy
Curated by Giovanni lovane
For her first solo show at Brodbeck Foundation in Catania, MDR (Maria D. Rapicavoli) designed and built a complex installation transforming the entire white pavilion. The large exhibition space has been conceived as an immersive environment in which sea and sky, separated by a horizon line set about two meters above ground, are the main elements of the “geography” that separates the Libyan and Tunisian coasts from Sicily. The geographical marks in the sky map the off limits areas and the routes of military drones, whereas the marks in the sea are the traces of the routes of migrant boats.
artists against muos
29 December 2016 – 25 March 2017, Laveronica Arte Contemporanea, Modica, Italy
“Artists against MUOS” is a collective exhibition with works by Antenne46, Francesco D’Amore, Francesca Dimanuele, Giuseppe Firrincieli, Guglielmo Manenti, Maddalena Migliore, Matilde Politi, Irene Puglisi, and MDRi. Along with the artists’ works, there will also be archival documents from the activists of the “No MUOS” group.
29 June – 28 August 2016, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
The final exhibitions for the 2015 – 2016 AIRspace Residency Program, Abrons’ time-based residencies to emerging and mid-career artists and cross-disciplinary curators. Artists include DANIEL BEJAR, DOREEN GARNER, MDR, GEORGE TERRY, JAIMIE WARREN.
it occurs to me that i am america
20 May – 8 July 2016, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, NY
A group show curated by Ludovica Capobianco, Alessandro Facente, Veronica Santi and Giulia Trabaldo Togna.
Artists: ALESSANDRO DEL PERO, GIAN MARIA TOSATTI, ANDREA MASTROVITO, RENATO D'AGOSTIN, ARIANNA CAROSSA, MARIA D. RAPICAVOLI, MATTEO CALLEGARI, and DANILO CORREALE.
29 April 2016 – 4 June 2016, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan, Italy
Riccardo Crespi gallery presents MDR in Memorandus, third show of the new edition of Wunderkammer, a project of participatory culture: a space in the gallery is being offered to new patrons who desire to present and promote the work of young Italian artists.
Curated by Gabi Scardi.
Maria Rapicavoli is the artist chosen by Alberto Toffoletto.
vx30 chaotic passion
17 December 2015 – 20 March 2016, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova, Italy
Curated by Anna Lovecchio and CHAN
Chaotic Passion invites the public on a nonlinear journey where the past and the recent are constantly shuffled. It creates an ecosystem formed by multiple temporalities, dissonances, and reverberations where the works are asked to engage one another in mysterious relationships and experimental combinations that promp different interpretations of abstraction and language as fields of aesthetic research.
Meris Angioletti/ Chiara Camoni/ Alice Cattaneo/ Cristian Chironi/ Danilo Correale/ Claire Fontaine/ Silvia Giambrone/ Alice Guareschi/ Jacopo Miliani/ Margherita Morgantin/ Rebecca Moccia/ Andrea Nacciarriti/ Pennacchio Argentato/ Serena Porrati/ Maria Domenica Rapicavoli/ The Cool Couple/ Serena Vestrucci/ Void/Vincenzo Agnetti/ Cesi Amoretti/ Antonio Calderara/ Ettore Colla/ Gianni Colombo/ Pietro Consagra/ Dadamaino/ Corrado D’Ottavi/ Lucio Fontana/ Virginio Ghiringhelli/ Osvaldo Licini/ Piero Manzoni/ Bruno Munari/ Anna Oberto/ Mauro Reggiani/ Regina/ Ben Vautier/ Rodolfo Vitone/ Gianfranco Zappettini/ Alberto Zilocchi.
27 September – 31 December 2015, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
living together is easy
25 September – 05 October 2015, ROOMSERVICE Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
A show by PHOENIX LINDSAY HALL & MARIA RAPICAVOLI
Curated by Jess English
The show brings together the works of two artists, each individually consumed with the palpable and personal effects of current and historical violence. The works utilize documentation from actual events, creating a portal through which we may access the emotional realities of these moments in modes less distant than those of our everyday media hyperbole, or concerned narrative analysis.
in plain sight
15 March – 20 April 2014, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
A show curated by Sarah Lookofsky
Participating artists: Bani Abidi, Khaled Barakeh, Carla Herrera-Prats, Alfredo Jaar, Pia Lindman, The Otolith Group, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Bruno Serralongue and Liselot van der Heijden.
Offering a meditation on the relationship of visibility to invisibility, MDR counters Hollywood’s dramatic renderings of her native Sicily, instead showing three realities of the place: the bureaucracy of Mafia trials; the leftover vessels used by refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean; and a massive satellite control system, enabling enhanced long-distance communication with drones, recently installed by the US government there.
a cielo aperto
27 Feburary – 08 April 2014, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY
Curated by Kari Conte
A Cielo Aperto is a solo exhibition by ISCP artist-in-residence Maria Rapicavoli.
A Cielo Aperto, an Italian idiomatic expression that can be translated to “Open Sky” contextualizes Rapicavoli’s current and long-term artistic research while seeking to open, and therefore disclose, Sicily’s sky as a space occupied by military forces.
The exhibition pivots around a newly commissioned site-specific installation that juxtaposes a large-scale photograph of Sicily’s sky with a series of details from a disassembled military map that the artist acquired from a soldier. It will be accompanied by two sets of video works and photographs that investigate the economic and political ties between Sicily and the United States.
rotta di collisione
10 October – 14 November 2013, RITA URSO artopiagallery, Milan, Italy
Curated by Gaia Tedone
Rotta di collisione explores the invisible trajectories and transitory balances that delineate the boundaries of the contemporary landscape and its iconography, suspended between present and past, earth and sky.
02 February – 02 March 2013, BOCS, Catania, Italy
Curated by Alessandra Ferlito
Disrupted Accounts is the first solo exhibition of Maria Domenica Rapicavoli in Catania, her native city.
Developed from an investigation of economic and political ties between Sicily (the artist’s country of origin) and the United States (where she currently works), Disrupted Accounts explores the complex relationship between historical memory and individual conscience, raising specific questions about the (presumed) veracity of reconstruction, narration and transmission of events in relation to the common perception of the current situation - dominated on the surface by a complex system of invisible and unknown connections.
12 January – 31 January 2013, Guest Projects, London, UK
Curated by Christine Takengny and Gaia Tedone
Participating artists: Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Camille Henrot, Maha Maamoun, Uriel Orlow , Maria D. Rapicavoli.
if you saw what i saw #repetition
16 September – 15 October 2010, Palazzo Riso, Palermo, Italy
Curated by Giovanni Iovane
"Mezza parola! (Half-word!)" is a warning in Sicilian, practically a short threat accompanied by a quick hand gesture. But it’s also an essential and particular figure of speech that, in its terseness, leaves the field wide open to a proliferation of clearly implicit metaphors. Maria Domenica Rapicavoli’s project IF YOU SAW WHAT I SAW (2008-2010) is made up of a series of videos and photographs, of the images and figures from her residence in the famous town of Corleone. The very first thing she did there was to gather the circumstantial evidence of a place that, in reality and in film-fiction, symbolizes the Mafia.
zero gradi di separazione
06 March – 27 March 2010, Arte Giovane, Torino, Italy
Curated by Claudio Cravero