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20  -26  May 2015

Carmen Cardillo’s photographs

from the project Secret de famille
Documentation of Clémentine Carsberg’s artist-in-residence program

The Polyvalent Culture Centre of the Palazzo della Cultura of Catania will host the last stage of Clémentine Carsberg’s artist-in-residence program, which took place between October and November 2014 at the Cultural Association Areacreativa42 of Rivarolo Canavese (Turin). Carmen Cardillo’s photographs and the catalogue of the artist-in-residence program by Karin Reisovà and Martina Furno (Edizioni Mediterraneum) will be also presented.

The artist from Marseille took inspiration from a room on the second floor of Casa Toesca, main office of the association, to create an installation in wallpaper in the Limonaia space. Secret de famille is a summary of the meditation conducted on the signs of aging that trace the house and the wallpaper, despite its fragility, has been the material of choice to revive memories and express new meanings, intimate and universal at the same time.

The residence has been thoroughly documented by the photographer Carmen Cardillo, who has worked with Areacreativa42 for several years and has recently open her solo show Alias / Self-portraits (5 to 30 November 2014) at Casa Toesca. Her silent presence, her observations and feelings were of fundamental importance for the artist and an important contribution for the development of the project. She says that “inside ancient houses, time takes its time to flow, perception broadens” and her photographs are intended to restore that sense of initial discovery and revelation born in her encounter with the room in the attic.

Thanks to Marcella Borzì, head of the Polyvalent Cultural Centre of Catania (built with funds from the European Union under the project IART Il polo diffuso per le identità e l’arte contemporanea in Sicilia), and Marilisa Yolanda Spironello, expert in cultural traditions and local identities, the photographic sequence comes in Catania, homeland of Carmen Cardillo, and will be a great opportunity to revive the family secret, shape the memories, evoke new stories… let us immerse in an “other” place, in an attic where the objects accumulated are nothing more than memories made of paper.

During the exhibition a workshop will involve two students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania. Save the date: Wednesday, 20th May at 18 for the opening.


Carmen Cardillo was born in Catania in 1975. She graduated in 1999 from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Catania. In 2003 she obtained a “Diploma of photographer” at the CFP Bauer in Milan and in 2006 she specialized in “Visual arts and disciplines of Entertainment” at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera. Since 2008 she has held different workshops in digital photography and photographic languages, including the course “Storage and retention of Photography” at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Catania. Her research interests focus on the study of photographic language in the visual arts. Her works are in private collections, the collection of European photography of Reggio Emilia and the collection Careof // Organization for Contemporary Art.


Clémentine Carsberg, born in 1981, lives and works in her studio in Marseille. She graduated in 2004 from the École Superieure des Beaux Arts in Marseille and continued her studies in “Science de l’Art” at the University of Aix-en-Provence under the direction of Alain Chareyre-Méjan. Since 2003 she has got various grants and took part in artist-in-residence programs between France and Italy. She has participated for some years to the events proposed by the Château de Servières and she exhibits in France and abroad. For his installations she employs simple materials, such as wallpaper, capable of restoring an environment in the name of modesty and irony.