The Stone King
Valentina Sciarra, Rome/Sofia
Valentina Sciarra is born in Rome, Italy in 1983.
After her Master Degree in Law and many specialized courses in photography, she obtained her diploma in 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome with a thesis Les espaces en friches (Engl. Wastelands) exploring such areas in urban space.
Generally, her works are in-situ interventions that are moving from photography to installation, sculpture to sound.
In 2013 she made her first public commission Entre terre et ciel for the entrance space of Hospital Archet of Nice, which was followed by several site-specific interventions temporary and permanent, including: Growing Touching Land and Then Being Reborn (2013) for the Piazza del Municipio of Camigliano (IT); Trace (2013) for the Garden of Sartorio Museum in Trieste (IT); Vita (2016) a permanent land art installation in the Murgia’s National Park (IT).
Her last solo projects in Bulgaria: kamak serie 0, Arosita Gallery, Sofia (2017); AFSD - Apple Facility System Definition, Æther, Sofia; The Path of the Oscillating Stones, a land art work at Rock Formation “Strupanitsa” near Lukovit, Bulgaria will open in spring 2019.
The Stone King
HD Video 2.35:1, English Audio
Stereo – 14’15”
The video was created at the naturalistic site “Strupanitsa” rock phenomenon, the largest ancient landslide (rock fall type) in Bulgaria, where, with the kind support of Gaudenz B. Ruf Award, was realized the work of land art “The Path of the Oscillating Stones” by Valentina Sciarra that will be officially open for public in spring 2019.
“Strupanitsa” is a large-scale landslide (rock fall type) with area of 13.2 hectares, located on the right bank of Iskar River. These rocks completely deserve the name “Strupanitsa” (heaping) because it is actually a large fall of rock blocks, most of which are in the form of cubes or parallelepipeds with dimensions exceeding 15 cubic meters.
The featured text in the video, narrated by the voice of Raja ElMad, was taken from the last (unfinished) book by Italo Calvino, Under the Jaguar sun, dedicated to the five human senses. In Calvino’s story about the sense of hearing, the protagonist is a nameless king. The king, hold up in his castle-prison, cannot move from fear of losing his throne. All that remains is to get in touch with the world through a single organ, the ear. The king, captive of his passions, which are essentially those of power, motionless on his throne, will learn to recognize all possible sounds that, if invariably repeated, will guarantee his stability. The noise of the city reaches him almost imperceptibly, until one day he hears a young woman singing. He is attracted to that voice, he would like to answer, but he cannot, his voice is gone. Unfortunately, the song of the woman will be lost among the thousand city noises that will engulf every possibility of contact with the rest of the world.
In a society in which the man’s greatest difficultly is to properly perceive the surrounding world, in an age in which the individual feels increasingly weakened, disoriented, fragmented, the only thing that can deliver man from his fears is to follow the “own voice”, the soul voice.