di Maria Rebecca Ballestra

Installazione Permanente
Isola della Certosa – Venezia

Opening 9 MAGGIO ore 18.00

Journey into Fragility è un progetto biennale su arte e ambiente dell’artista Maria Rebecca Ballestra: ispirandosi alla Carta per la Terra e per l’Uomo del poeta e saggista Massimo Morasso ha sviluppato dodici diversi progetti in dodici diversi luoghi del mondo, con l’intento di sviluppare un dialogo costruttivo sull’ambiente e sul valore del vivere sulla Terra.

A conclusione dei due anni di peregrinazione del progetto in quattro continenti, il suo spirito e i suoi contenuti filosofici ed ambientali prendono forma in un opera permanente sull’Isola della Certosa in concomitanza con la Biennale di Venezia.

La presentazione dell’intero progetto avverrà sabato 9 maggio alle ore 18,00 sul catamarano solare PlanetSolar la prima imbarcazione al mondo ad aver fatto il giro del globo utilizzando esclusivamente l’energia solare.

Il progetto è promosso dall’ADAC (Archivio d’Arte Contemporanea dell’Università di Genova), patrocinato dalla Fondazione Principe Alberto II di Monaco e dall’Associazione Italiana della Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco onlus.

La redazione

Promoted by Supported ByJOURNEY INTO FRAGILITYby Maria Rebecca Ballestra Permanent Installation Isola della Certosa – Venice Opening 9th MAY 2015, 6 pmJourney 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 (ContemporaryArt 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 andthe value of life on Earth. After having spent two years’ travelling across the four continents, the project’s spirit and philosophicaland environment al 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 artwork 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 intoFragility 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 partner in collaboration with media partner print on Promoted by Supported ByIsola della Certosa is the ideal setting for the art work: the redevelopment of one of the largest islands inthe Venice Lagoon foresees the total requalification of the island with the aim of creating a park that isaccessible to the public that has no architectural barriers, creating equipped areas and itineraries, whilstpreserving over two thirds of the entire surface area of the island’s natural heritage. Together with theMunicipality of Venice, Vento di Venezia ( is in charge of the entire project forthe Certosa Park; it goes with out saying that it is focussing on the best principles of sustainability andlow environmental impact, offering integrated services for pleasure boating, sport, environmental education, tourist-hotel facilities, as well as sports and cultural events.The project will be presented on the solar catamaran PlanetSolar (, the first vessel in the world to have travelled around the world using only solar energy. The first journey aroundthe world took 584 days’ navigation, covering more than 60,000 km. Designed in Switzerland and built in Germany, the catamaran called at no less than 28 countries – from the United States to Mexico, Australia,and the United Arab Emirates – promoting the use of solar energy and showing how effective today’stechnology actually is.PlanetSolar and Journey into Fragility both share the idea of travelling as a means to draw attention to aninnovative use of solar energy for the former, and as a proposal of environmental renewal andsustainability for the latter.The invitations and catalogue have been printed on Shiro Alga Carta by Favini, a unique ecological paper made from the infesting algae in the Venice Lagoon, using an innovative solution patented by Favini forthe protection of fragile lagoon ecosystems. The surplus algae are mixed with certified FSC fibre. Favini decided to neutralise the un avoidable residual emissions of Shiro by taking part in the financing of aproject linked to renewable energy. In particular, this activity takes place in India and foresees the production of clean energy by using wind energy from wind turbines, reducing the use of fossil fuels.( into Fragility, curated by Paola Valenti, published by Allemandi, 128 pag. bilingual english/italian.Texts by: Paola Valenti, Massimo Morasso, Thomas Kalau, Luca Bochicchio, Daniela Legotta, Mamia Bretesche, Luca Zordan,Fabio Carnaghi, Alessandra Piatti, Sara Rees, Leo Lecci, Stella Rouskova, Joachim Arndt, Rachela Abbate USEFUL INFORMATION:Transport:Saturday 9 May (reservation necessary):Shuttle boat from Giardini dell’Arsenale to the Certosa Island , 5.30 pmRSV to info@rebeccaballestra.comFollowing daysACTV, Line 4.1 and 4.2 every 20 minutes from 06.20 to 20.00; Linea 5.1 and 5.2 from 21.00 to 24.00 every 30 minutes.

La redazione