Benedetta Di Loreto
A few years ago at a residency for artists from all over Europe in Montescaglioso, one woman unwittingly gave Benedetta di Loreto an idea. "When I used to hear talk of contemporary art I wasn't interested, because as far as I was concerned, art was something from the past. Today art can only be contemporary, because it speaks about me." For Benedetta di Loreto, 40, director of Qwatz, a Roman residence for artists, the words had a surprising ring to them. Like something you know, but haven't found a way to express.
Benedetta is an art historian and curator. Her passion, however, is study - the path that leads an artist from the initial inspiration to the final production. Something fascinating that reveals new visions, suggesting a new view of the world each time. Which is why in 2007 Qwatz was born: a residence, a workshop and an ongoing dialogue. Its focus is on artists' projects and wide-ranging study, right up to the actual production of the artwork and its presentation to institutions, galleries and publishers.
A shared study of Fascist architecture led to Andrea Aversa's project, which will involve a workshop where children redesign the marble modules of the Duce's gym in a process of the redevelopment and and transformation of historical memory. Koki Tanaka's residency, instead, was born from an investigation of fear and trust: his luggage was scattered throughout Rome (alluding to terrorist attacks)with an invitation - almost never taken up - to return them to the Canonica Museum. And then, the great project of Nikolaj Larsen: from a study of the traces which history has left in the Mediterranean Sea to a reflection on how today the only traces are those of human bodies. End of Dreams is 48 sculptures immersed in the sea, a monument to migrants. Residence means being welcome, making your steps those of another and interweaving patience with the unpredictability of the routes. This too is art.
The story of Benedetta di Loreto has been written by Gaia Manzini, writer.
In 2007 she founded Qwatz, the first artist residency in Rome. Like Koki Tanaka, who in 2012 represented Japan at the Biennial.