In this ambitious project, embracing photography, video, installation, and community-based activities, Italian artist Rebecca Ballestra embarks on a journey to raise awareness around the fragility of our environment. Working in collaboration with artists and organizations in varied cultural contexts—and across the disciplines of science, ecology, and politics—Ballestra aspires to foster an active dialogue around safeguarding our resources and achieving harmony between man and nature. Inspired by the renowned Italian poet Massimo Morasso’s Arenzano Manifesto for Earth and the Human Beings, which is composed of twelve proactive statements aimed at reframing and reversing the environmental crisis, Journey into Fragility encompasses twelve steps carried out in twelve countries. For Ballestra, the journey itself represents an integral part of the project.

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Exploring the relationship between humanity, science, new technologies, and the ecosystem, my work is realized across diverse media including photography, video, installation, performance, and community-based activities. Addressing social, political, and environmental themes, my work is profoundly informed by my experiences during artist-in-residency programs undertaken around the world.


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01 May

Permanent Installation - Isola della Certosa - venice

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by Maria Rebecca Ballestra 

Permanent Installation - Isola della Certosa – Venice

Opening 9th  MAY 2015, 6 pm


Journey into Fragility ( is a two-year project on art and the environment by the artist Maria Rebecca Ballestra, curated by Paola Valenti, promoted by the ADAC (Contemporary Art Archive of Genoa University) and supported by the Prince Albert II Foundation and Italian Branch of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which was inspired by the Manifesto for the Earth and Man by the poet and essayist Massimo Morasso. Signed by some of the most famous poets in the world, including 5 Nobel prize and 6 Pulitzer prize winners. The Manifesto for the Earth and for Man is made up of twelve theses that offer a constructive rewriting of the theme of the environmental crisis; the project Journey into Fragility drew inspiration from these, developing twelve different projects in twelve different places in the world, with the aim of developing a constructive dialogue on the environment and the value of life on Earth.

After having spent two years’ travelling across the four continents, the project’s spirit and philosophical and environmental contents have been transformed into a permanent art work on Isola della Certosa. The installation is articulated into three parts: the landing stage leading to the island will house an art work that pays homage to the Manifesto for the Earth and Man, with the names of the Manifesto signees on steel plates along the way; the garden will host a work paying homage to the project Journey into Fragility that consists of 12 steel domes, each bearing an inscription of the site of each of the twelve stages of the project, and their distance in Km from the island; the third piece will pay homage to travels, both physical and interior, going beyond unknown horizons, one’s own limits and one's own knowledge: an audio track with extracts from descriptions of the artist’s travels during the two-year project, poetry readings and the theses of the Manifesto for the Earth and for Man.


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