“My older sister has entire kingdoms inside of her, and some of them are only accessible at certain seasons, in certain kinds of weather“. ― Karen Russell, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
ʟᴀ ᴄʜᴀᴍʙʀᴇ ʙʟᴀɴᴄʜᴇ, in collaboration with RAD’ART project (Italy), is pleased to welcome the multidisciplinary artist of Italian origin Alessandra Maoggi a.k.a. Russell Giacosa, as part of the research and creation residency that she will lead from October 4 to November 12, 2022.
The Bowerbirds research project draws on the courtship habitus of the bird of New Guinea. Bowerbirds built their nest, as well as architectures blending into the environment, according to an elaborate ritual of seduction. During her residency at LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE, the artist will activate different interstices in the city of Quebec by the means of physical secondary movement, photography and sound.
These performative actions aim to redraw the margins between identity and territory, to experiment with “thresholds” in the making, beyond what is perceptible to the naked eye. Thus, the alter ego Russell Giacosa allow for the artist to accumulate new identities – real or imaginary –, new embodied realities.
Alessandra Maoggi a.k.a. Russell Giacosa lives and works in Florence, Italy. Her artistic practice focuses on the relationship human beings entertain with themselves and the notion of alterity and more specifically, issues related to the present times. Her work combines performance, text, video, visual arts, movement and sound, while engaging public spaces.
Russell Giacosa is an artist who cannot and wish not to appear in public, nor declare his origins. Alessandra Maoggi acts as his interpreter.