Strata features in-depth conversations between the authors and artists who have been instrumental in shaping the Italian art scene over the past two decades. The artists showcased include:
Yuri Ancarani, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Francesco Arena, Rosa Barba, Elisabetta Benassi, Luca Bertolo, Rossella Biscotti, Chiara Camoni, Gianni Caravaggio, Giulia Cenci, Danilo Correale, Roberto Cuoghi, Enrico David, Patrizio di Massimo, Lara Favaretto, Formafantasma, Linda Fregni Nagler, Giuseppe Gabellone, Martino Gamper, Francesco Gennari, Massimo Grimaldi, Petrit Halilaj, Adelita Husni Bey, Giovanni Kronenberg, Luisa Lambri, Marcello Maloberti, Diego Marcon, Masbedo, Luca Monterastelli, Adrian Paci, Diego Perrone, Alessandro Pessoli, Paola Pivi, Pietro Roccasalva, Alessandro Sciarroni, Marinella Senatore, and Francesco Vezzoli.
The book emerges from a project honoured by the tenth edition of the Italian Council program, with Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro as the proposing entity. It stands as a testament to the myriad collaborations, friendships, and professional bonds that the authors have fostered over two decades.
Strata offers a polyphonic overview of Italy’s artistic output through the very medium that makes such a collective history possible: the words of the artists themselves.
The conversations explore pivotal moments in each artist’s career and delve into their conceptual and formal concerns, focusing on the aesthetics, philosophies, and politics underpinning their work. Every conversation is prefaced by an introduction written by Micola Clara Brambilla, Federico Florian or Bianca Stoppani.
The publication portrays several generations of artists and encompasses an array of diverse approaches to painting, sculpture, film, performance, installation, social and collective intervention, photography, and activism. The title of the book, Strata (the Latin term that denotes the gradual concretion of multiple layers of rock) is thus deployed as a metaphor for the multiplicity of languages and sensibilities that have brought the cultural debate to life in Italy over the past two decades. Moreover, the authors hope that the book will also function as a tool for younger artists, for whom the experiences of the previous generations may constitute a direct resource, enabling them to dive straight into the body of accumulated knowledge that would otherwise be mediated by the current educational hierarchy.
Strata addresses a number of pressing issues that artists today have to face, including their relationship with Histories, traditions, and influences; how the personal is interwoven with the professional dimension; the social and political value that art still retains; and how to rethink the field of education today.
Strata has been conceived in two editions (Italian and English) and co-published by Lenz and Les Presses du réel,