Vacation Spot in Gent (back to Rome), Rufa Space, Pastificio Cerere, Rome (Italy), 2019
photos by Eleonora Cerri Pecorella
Vacation Spot in Gent questions the realness of ephemeral reality. Through incorporating videogames à la The Sims and Second Life, which she uses to collect fake memories and documentation of her work and life, Federica Di Pietrantonio releases a sensory dynamic between reality and its simulation.
The Rome-based painter is interested in our representation of reality, which is often influenced by its perception, and eager to deepen interrelationships between different experiences. Using painting as an interface between two worlds, she wishes to make the viewer become more conscious of the virtual reality represented by a painting – or by a digital landscape in which we act as 21rst-century flaneurs.
What is usually fake in gaming now becomes real. The exhibition is a free space where each day a different artist is free to play, work and react to the virtual environment, while their avatar is projected. The result? A fictional playground overlapping different forms of reality, augmenting our sense of experiencing it and changing our gaze.