Loredana Longo’s (b. 1967, lives and works in Catania) work addresses topics related to the political backdrop in Sicily where the artist lives and works. Her series of performances for the camera, Explosions, depict bombings that occur in peaceful domestic settings such as the bedroom, a wedding reception, or a living room decorated for Christmas Eve, and can be seen as mirrors of the deceptive peace and organization in an otherwise violent society. Her performances allude to the lack of drama and sensationalism in alleged Mafia crimes and the coldness and banality with which they are performed. Longo has recently exhibited her work at the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, the Palazzo Riso Museum of Contemporary Art (Palermo), and the Italo-Latin American Institute (Rome). This work was produced at the workshop held in Fez during the artist’s residency at L’appartement 22 (Rabat).
"Nothing Is As It Seems" is an installation of a prison cell covered in mirrors that infinitely reflect the space of the cell until it becomes an impossible spectacle, turning freedom into an illusion. The cell is suspended, floating above the ground, giving the object a poetic appearance. It is installed in a dark space and illuminated by flickering stage-lights. Loredana Longo’s work uses theatrical scenography and cinematic techniques, and is often autobiographical or inspired by political situations. This work was produced at the Lot 219 Workshop of L’appartement 22 in Fez.