How did Linea’s project and presentation of spaces and curatorial board come about?
Linea, a new space for production and research on contemporary practices, was born in Lecce in December 2020, on the initiative of Alice Caracciolo. Through a public programme of exhibitions, live performances and training activities, linea investigates the practices and languages of the most current artistic research with the aim of creating a dialectical exchange between artists, curators and the public and bridging the gap between the latter and the work of art. linea also hosts a two-year school on photography and the contemporary image.

To whom are the line training activities addressed?

Line’s training activities are aimed at photographers, visual artists and anyone wishing to explore issues related to the contemporary image. Through a two-year course, issues related to photographic technique, the history and evolution of the medium and the professionalism linked to this world are addressed; a substantial part of the teaching also focuses on photography as a privileged medium for contemporary art, with a significant focus on the world of publishing and artists’ books.

Impact on the territory, previous experiences and training practices: your idea of training.
In recent years, Southern Italy has seen the proliferation of numerous independent and artist-run spaces and linea is actively participating in the advancement of this cultural process. The idea was in fact born from Alice’s six years of experience in one of these spaces, but it has evolved and grown, expanding its activities and interest in contemporary art; the school also places a greater focus on the world of visual art and directs students towards achieving their own expressive language.

How does the exhibition activity fit into the project?
Nowadays the photographic image is in full relation with the visual arts, operating a space-laboratory dedicated to emerging contemporary art nourishes growth on both sides, on the school and on the exhibition programme, both for the students and for the artists involved.
We opened the space with a personal exhibition by Luca Coclite, which was later joined by an intervention by Vincenzo Procino and Mauro Diciocia curated by Aaltra. It was for us a symbolic way to demonstrate an openness towards the other research spaces in the city and at the same time a way to take in hand again the basic guides of our curatorial practice, focused on an idea of intersection of germinal or marginal elements, which can potentially subvert the very idea of exhibition.

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linea is a space for production, study and research on contemporary languages and practices and a professional training school on photography and the contemporary image, based in Lecce. It was founded in 2020 on the initiative of Alice Caracciolo. Through a public program of exhibitions, live performances, and meetings, it investigates the practices and languages of the most current artistic research with the aim of creating a dialectical exchange between artists, curators and the public and thus bridging the gap between the latter and the work of art.

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