Crooked Incline  , as part of the show Cassata Drone, Palermo, Italy

Crooked Incline, as part of the show Cassata Drone, Palermo, Italy

cASSATA DRONE

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.

 
   M.U.O.S., Construction Site  , and   HF (3-30MHz)    as part of    Article 11  , in the show Manifesta 12, Teartro Garibaldi, Palermo, Italy

M.U.O.S., Construction Site, and HF (3-30MHz) as part of Article 11, in the show Manifesta 12, Teartro Garibaldi, Palermo, Italy

manifesta 12

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.

 
   Load Displacement  , as part of the show The Ocean After Nature, Parsons New School, New York, 2018

Load Displacement, as part of the show The Ocean After Nature, Parsons New School, New York, 2018

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.

 
 Installation view of   Intimacies (Mediterranean Civilization  ), Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy

Installation view of Intimacies (Mediterranean Civilization), Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy

SOLO SHOW

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.

 
   MUOS, Construction Site #1, #2, #3,   and   #4   (2013), pigment print on museum paper, 50 x 33 cm each

MUOS, Construction Site #1, #2, #3, and #4 (2013), pigment print on museum paper, 50 x 33 cm each

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.

 
   New York Sectional Chart   (2016), site specific installation: carved alabaster stones and wall projections

New York Sectional Chart (2016), site specific installation: carved alabaster stones and wall projections

airspace

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.

 
   Low Flying Chart #7   (2013), military flying chart of the Mediterranean on carved alabaster stone

Low Flying Chart #7 (2013), military flying chart of the Mediterranean on carved alabaster stone

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.

 
   Memorandus  , 36 pigment ink prints mounted on aluminum, 20x30cm each

Memorandus, 36 pigment ink prints mounted on aluminum, 20x30cm each

SOLO SHOW

memorandus

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.

 
   A Cielo Aperto #3   (2015-2016), site specific 3 channels installation with plastic strings on walls, variable dimensions

A Cielo Aperto #3 (2015-2016), site specific 3 channels installation with plastic strings on walls, variable dimensions

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.

Artists:

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.

 
   A Cielo Aperto #2   (2015), site specific 4 channels installation with plastic strings on walls, variable dimensions

A Cielo Aperto #2 (2015), site specific 4 channels installation with plastic strings on walls, variable dimensions

peekskill project

27 September – 31 December 2015, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

 
   Load Displacement   (2012), one video and two dissolving slide projections

Load Displacement (2012), one video and two dissolving slide projections

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.

 
 Installation view of   In Plain Sight

Installation view of In Plain Sight

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   (2014), site specific 7 channels installation with plastic strings on walls, variable dimensions

A Cielo Aperto (2014), site specific 7 channels installation with plastic strings on walls, variable dimensions

SOLO SHOW

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.

 
 Installation view of   Rotta di Collisione

Installation view of Rotta di Collisione

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.

 
 Installation view of   Disrupted Accounts

Installation view of Disrupted Accounts

SOLO SHOW

disrupted accounts

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.

 
 Installation view of   Shifting Gazes

Installation view of Shifting Gazes

shifting gazes

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.

 
 Exhibition flyer of   If You Saw What I Saw

Exhibition flyer of If You Saw What I Saw

SOLO SHOW

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.

 
 Installation view of   Zero Gradi Di Separazione

Installation view of Zero Gradi Di Separazione

SOLO SHOW

zero gradi di separazione

06 March – 27 March 2010, Arte Giovane, Torino, Italy

Curated by Claudio Cravero