In a globalized world in which community and identity divides are exported to the same degree as objects, Anna Raimondo explores and blends differences, special characteristics and multiple identities in order to break down the barriers between them, to accept their ill-defined boundaries and to transform them into a domain of possible and impossible conflicts.
Anna Raimondo’s work is a medium for encounters and exchanges. It can be defined as a journey that illustrates social diversity while creating possible areas of interaction.
The method is flexible and variable, accepting the accidental as the unforeseeable. Anna Raimondo does not seek to summarize a global reality, but rather to allow herself to be surprised and led by the Other. The initial strategy, used in numerous works, consists of an intervention in a public space intended to encourage encounters.
An action leading to a break or gap in the permanent flow of daily life in which surprise, curiosity or astonishment provoke dialogue.
Anna Raimondo’s process enables her to prepare to be part of the exchange and makes her art «a meeting place»*. This material then becomes the imprint of a performance, as well as feeding images, videos, radiophonic creations and, ultimately, all the work of this artist, who has journeyed to numerous countries in Europe and Africa.
The gender question and the issues related to it are relevant in all her work, particularly that concerning the female identity, the constant questioning of which constitutes a resistance to its confinement. There is also a humorous and playful aspect, both in the actions in public spaces and in her plastic creations. A story, a word, a gesture or an everyday object become evidence of a multiple and evolving identity, both revealed and questioned.
Excerpt of the critic text “Mi porti al mare?” written by the curators Nancy Casielles & Nancy Suárez
* BOURRIAUD, Nicolas, Esthétique relationnelle, Paris, Les presses du réel (Hors-série – Domaine : Critique, théorie & documents), 1998.
Anna Raimondo completed the MA Sound Arts at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) and is running a PHD on gender perspectives and urban geography at ARBA and ULB in Brussels.
She has participated in several international exhibitions and festivals including the solo show: New bounderies of the Wellness of Vagynal Ecosystem at Ex Elettrofonica Gallery in Rome, at TEA Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife; the 13th Dakar Biennial in the frame of the exhibition Invisible curated par Alya Sebti, Nuove frontiere del benessere dell’ecosistema vaginale curated by Lucrezia Cippitelli at the gallery Ex Elettrofonica (Roma, IT); Nous serions sérieuses de la manière la plus heureuse at Le Cube – independent art room (Rabat, MA); Mi porti al mare? curated by Nancy Casielles and Nancy Suárez at the MAAC (Brussels, BE); the group show Loading…Casa curated by Salma Lahlou dans le cadre de Dubai Design Week (Dubai) and Moussem Cities at De Markten (Brussels, BE); Come un mare fuor d’acqua curated by Marco Trulli at the BJCEM- Mediterranea 17 (Tirana, AL); Verso Sud curated by David Ruffel and Ismael at Thinkart (Casablanca, MA), the festival Artefact You must change your life curated by Hicham Khalidi, at STUK (Leuven, BE); the group show Everyone has a sense of rhythm curated by Christine Eyene at DRAF (London, UK); the 5th Marrakech Biennale (MA); …
Her radiophonic works have been broadcast internationally (Kunst Radio, AT; Deutschlandradio Kultur, DE; Resonance fm, UK; Arte Radio, FR; Mobile Radio Bsp, BR; Rai, IT; RTBF, BE…).
Her curatorial projects are mainly focused on sound and radio art and have been presented in different venues, including 14 documenta radio program at SAVVY Galery (Berlin, De); the V&A Museum (London, UK) and Le Cube – independent art room” (Rabat, MA).
She is co-editor of the radio and sound art’s platform Saout Radio, based in Morocco. She writes for the French radio art magazine Syntone.
She has won the Palma Ars Acustica 2016 with her radio work Me, my English and all the languages of my life and the price of best soundscape with La vie en bleu in the frame of the sound art competition PIARS and has won the prize of the city in the frame of the contemporary art prize Mediatine in 2018.