Riccardo Benassi and Tomaso De Luca, the winners in the first year of the competition organized by Fondazione Pastificio Cerere and by Civita, were offered a period of residency at Pastificio Cerere in Rome. The projects that the artists developed during their residencies take advantage of thresholds and interstices, escaping the rigid confines of the white cube to “haunt” the museum’s areas of passage, places of transition, unforeseen dimensions.
Tomaso De Luca has divided the book into three chapters, plus an additional one (vertical, horizontal, oblique, and The Sleepers), that together form a manual on the posture of thought, showing us that these three positions, to him, are states of the body and soul, similar to those of matter. The notes mingle with the work; the old photographs create a dialogue with the drawings, giving the sense of a journey backwards. The artist has constructed a small illustrated dictionary of exploration and transhumance, loss and rediscovery.