What looks like beautiful fragile cut-outs from pressed sheets of some precious metal, turns out to have a much darker history. As it is often the case with Rossella Biscotti‘s installations, beauty turns bitter once you hear the story behind, yet – curiously enough – the initial fascination element only increases.
The inspiration for her work @ Frame, presented by Rotterdam gallery Wilfried Lentz, were the general conditions of imprisonment and the repressive mechanics (physical as well as psychological) of state institutions on an individual. To materialize these concepts, Biscotti extracted and transported 100 kg of lead sheeting from the floor of Santo Stefano prison (the first of its kind built for life imprisonment) with the imprints of the original floor still clearly present on the surface. The resulting sculptures are frightening and alluring at the same time.
Documentation of the entire process is a part of the presentation.