Cannonball Artist-in-Residence and current CIFO Grant and Commissions Award-winner Alice Miceli will present an artist’s talk on recent works that explore the phenomenon of impenetrable, inaccessible spaces – places that, even in our globalized world, remain somehow off the map. Introducing various works, including her current research into minefields, the talk will ultimately focus on a recent project centered on the creation of visualization patterns for the invisible radioactive contamination in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, in Belarus. This project comprises, among other results, a series of radiographic negatives that were created through months of exposure to the radioactive environment inside the Zone. These negatives explore the nature of the visual and its borders. They show how radiation escapes visibility and yet defines an entire environment. If a place does not reveal itself in the visual, then how does one look at it? By what means? The project is rooted in these questions and develops a means by which to see otherwise.
Alice Miceli utilizes formal experimentation, investigative travel, and archival research to chart the visual, physical, and cultural manifestations of trauma inflicted on social and natural landscapes. In photographs, videos, and installations, her projects explore not only their depicted subjects, but the history of their representation in different media formats. Miceli was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and studied film at the Ecole Superieure d’Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris. She returned to Brazil to pursue degrees in the History of Art and Architecture at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and in Studio Practice at the Parque Lage Visual Arts School. Her work has been featured in the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Sydney Film Festival, Max Protech Gallery in New York, Transmediale in Berlin, ZKM Center in Karlsruhe, and Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany. She is the recipient of several residency awards, including the MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco, Bemis, Djerassi, and the Dora Maar House.