Maria D. Rapicavoli is an Italian artist currently based out of London, England.  Her work uses video and photography to explore questions around people’s conditions of alienation, invisibility, and displacement  through a critique of the global economic and political system and the structures of power that generate it.  Her solo exhibitions include Disrupted Accounts, BOCS, Catania, Italy (2013); IF YOU SAW WHAT I SAW # repetition, Palazzo Riso Museum, Palermo,Italy (2010); and Zero Degrees of Separation, Artegiovane, Turin, Italy (2010).  Her group exhibitions include Shifting Gazes, Guest Projects, London, England (2013); Whitney Independent Study Program- Studio Show, 161 Bowery, NY (2012); and Ariane de Rothschild Art Prize, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (2011).  Rapicavoli was awarded the ISCP Residency (2013), the DE.MO./Movin’Up grant (2012), and the Renaissance Prize Award (2008).  Recent publications include Premio Ariane de Rothschild (2010), VideoREPORT ITALIA 2008_09 (2011), and Voglio soltanto essere amato– MAP PROJECT (2011).  Rapicavoli received her B.A. from the Accademia di Belle Arti (2001), an Associate B.A. in Fine Art Media from Chelsea College (2011), an M.A. in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College (2005), and participated in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2012).  During her residency on Governors Island, Rapicavoli wishes to raise the question of precariousness, vulnerability, invisibility, and mental foreclosures of those people who are forced to live in the Projects and the notion of private space and domestic environment as a secure and safe place.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist