ALESSANDRO DE FRANCESCO
*1981, Pisa (I)
Lives and works in Basel (CH)
Sureghes / Überwasser / Oltretorrente, 2018
Cycle of six poems for the Biennale Gherdëina VI
Digital print on paper, framed
23 x 29,7 cm each
German translation: Laila Dell’Anno
Ladin translation: Milva Mussner
English translation: the author and Andreas Burckhardt
Poetic narrative Überwasser / Sureghes/ Oltretorrente by Alessandro De Francesco, commissioned for the Biennale Gherdëina VI and conceived by the artist during a short residency in Val Gardena, is a manifesto of an “intimate immensity” of the Dolomites: a series of sensual tableaux that along with a lexicon of the nature’s elemental language provide a prototype for WRITING THE MOUNTAINS multiple scenarios. De Francesco’s six short poems explore in a gestural and subjective way the essence of a site, its lyrical dimension and a relationship with a human being; his is an imaginary conversation with the woods and the waters, the peak’s curved lines, the infinite skin of space…; an act of poetic generosity and an acknowledgment of the nature’s hospitality and uniqueness.
Alessandro De Francesco considers poetry as an artistic practice; his work which he describes as “language art” focuses on the interaction between poetry, sound art, installation, digital writing, and page design. De Francesco "reading environments" and "augmented writing" consist of sonic and visual enhancements of multiple textual materials by means of reading digital voice processing and writing design software.