Valeria Pierini


Almost is a project consisting of four chapters/tenses: beat time – watch – tell – to think. With each chapter/tense Pierini set out to articulate the city of Derry by creating new spaces: ‘to beat time’ attempts to capture time – streams of images as a metaphor; ‘to watch’ extrapolates subjects from their context, almost surreally – the opposite of documentation; ‘to think’ becomes imagining. In ‘to tell’ Pierini collected stories and anecdotes, relating to the city walls, from the local community and paired them with forensic images. In contrast to the work in the previous chapters, in this last one Pierini withdraws, putting the collective narrative at the centerstage.

Valeria Pierini is an Italian lens-based artist. Her practice revolves around photography, philosophy and literature, with a special attention to storytelling through images and words. She graduated at the University of Perugia in 2014 and has since exhibited in Italy and Spain and published her work in monographic catalogues. Pierini is Art Arcadia’s first international artist in residency at St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse and with her residency and exhibition she inaugurated the new Art Arcadia programme for 2019/2020.

Year2019LocationSt Augustine's Old Schoolhouse, Derry/Londonderry, UKDescriptionFive-week artist residencyPartnersSt Augustine'sFundersDerry City & Strabane District CouncilThe Walled City - 400 YearsArts Council of Northern Ireland

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