Rossella Biscotti (born 1978 in Molfetta, Italy; lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands).
“Rossella Biscotti sets three performances in Naples. The first one at Pozzuoli, in the area of approximately 30,000 m2 of an industrial plant designed in the fifties by the Neapolitan architect Luigi Cosenza on behalf of Adriano Olivetti (1901-1960). In the post-war period, Olivetti wanted to invest in the economic and social development of South Italy: the project was founded on the desire to ensure workers ideal living and working conditions. Biscotti’s performance sees a man running across the ground of the industrial plant. This is not a game nor a sports competition: through the running, the protagonist seems to want to get rid of something. The performance is repeated in another one along different parts of the historic city center. The everyday harsh reality of the city appears to be in contrast with the ideals aspired to by Olivetti’s project. This second path leads through this real city, along public buildings such as the court, the museum, the old city gate Porta Capuana, the palace of the Prefecture, but also places associated with Biscotti’s personal memories, who completed her studies in Naples. Finally, the third performance takes place at Via Marina: another man is walking carrying a heavy golden brick of brass. Walking along the port starting from the Maritime Station, from which all passenger ships sail, he arrives as far as the transshipment ports and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies. The brick represents the manual labor but at the same time also the rebellion.”
—”Rossella Biscotti,” Il ventro de Napoli.