VIVI SEPULTURA – Larissa Aharoni


F_AIR, Florence Artist in Residence and FUA, Florence University of the Arts, are thrilled to host VIVI SEPUTURA the final solo exibition of ours Fall 2013 artist in residence, Larissa Aharoni (1974, Berlin), opens @ F_AIR on November 26, 2013 and runs for 16 weeks until February 13, 2014.

Visiting hours: Mon – Thur 3 pm -8 pm; Fri 12 pm – 5 pm

A word from the artist: Context is always very interesting to me – the challenge of working in a new environment. I am not a typical studio artist who creates things in their own studio, within themselves, only to emerge one day and to bring the work to the world. I like projects, going to a place and responding to a context, as most of my works are site-specific. Teaching and working in an academic environment, both in the classroom and in the open studio space (literally a glass box in the heart of the arts building sandwiched between the gallery and the classrooms) lead me to an interesting methodology for this project. I decided I would limit myself to materials found only in the school, the same tools that the students have access to, in order to force a direct interaction between the work and working environment. When I heard that there were ceramic classes taking place I was thrilled by the idea of working with clay and started to ask myself how this material could be used today and moreover, why should it be used today- one of the oldest materials in human cultural history. To me, the clay seemed a bit overloaded with its historical cultural relevance and the fact that it had been disparaged in the world of art toward the end of the 20th century, a medium restricted mainly for use in crafts and decoration – a somewhat taboo area for much of the fine arts crowd. In today’s world, driven by digital technology, I thought it would be tempting to investigate this material, a slight return in the midst of the city where renaissance was born. Well, in the end the installation is also about combining modern and traditional medias, playing with analog versus digital, stillness and motion. VIVI SEPULTURA, which is Latin for “buried alive”, is my first video installation. Its been quite a challenge since this work incorporates many different medium and materials that the school offers. The project deals with the media itself, but also incorporates a critique on society and tragic events that are happening today right under our noses, but that are often overlooked — refugees on boats, fleeing their home countries and dying on their way to Europe, drowning in the Mediterranean Sea.

Born in 1974 in Cologne (Germany), Larissa currently 
lives and works in Berlin (Germany). Aharoni holds a masters degree from the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf (2005). She was among the founders of UBERBAU, an independent art space that operated in Düsseldorf from 2000 to 2006. Aharoni, spent much of her career living in Tel Aviv (Israel), where she was a visiting artist in the masters program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Since 2006, she has participated in several residency programs, produced numerous solo & group exhibitions throughout Israel, the US, and Europe.