HASHTAG DEAD SEA
BY BARBARA AND ALE
Barbara and Ale (until the beginning of 2014 known as Barbara Ceriani Basilico and Alessandro Mancassola) live and work in Milan.They began working together in 2005 during their specialization in Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera (Milan).Among others, they exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Pac in Milan, Rauma Art Museum in Rauma, Merz Foundation in Turin, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice and at the National Art Gallery in Tirana.
Besides, Barbara (Saronno – VA, 1979) is specialized in Art Therapy. Working in the field of psychic disabilities, she led Art Therapy groups in hospitals in Milan and Como. She realized the project of a mural painting in collaboration with the prisoners of Como prison.
Ale (Arzignano – VI, 1979) teaches photography and videomaking at Brescia Academy of Fine Arts and is also video laboratory technician at Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Milan). In 2003 he took part of Venice Biennale with the group Omuse.
This series arises project called Hashtag by Barbara and Ale. It's a little story from Israeli desert and Dead Sea (2015). The topics they deal with (abandon, loneliness, construction, renewal, silence etc.) are common emotions and feelings: the artists invite the viewers to imagine what, who, where, when something happened. It is like telling the emotion of a trip, but showing only the central stage; by removing part of the information gathered on the way, they shape something similar to a forgotten slide, lost by a distant relative, not knowing by whom it was taken, where or when.