Each week (RE)GENERATION proposes a young and emerging artist under 35. Today we have the pleasure to talk with Rosa Lacavalla, a freelance photographer from Barletta based in Bologna, with a great experience at CESURA group.

1) Hello! Tell us about you! Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do in your life?

I was born in 1993 in Barletta, Bologna by adoption. Despite the distance, I lived my origins in my daily life. After studying art and photography in Italy and England, I currently work as a freelance photographer.

2) How did you understand what your artistic expression was?

I think it’s a common moment for all the artists. Since I was a child I said I wanted to be a painter and photography has taken part more and more in my life, also as a tool for helping the painting itself. Later the photographic medium became my way of expressing myself for excellence, thanks to my personal experiences too.

3) What’s the aim of your work? What do you want to tell?

I want to narrate the atmospheres, the places and the people I live, with spontaneity. I believe photography helps me to know myself and others. Whoever observes my photographs claims to have perceived particular suggestions, for me this is only a great satisfaction.

Di casa ed altre storie, Rosa Lacavalla,2017-Ongoing.

4) Is your country a source of inspiration for your works and your artistic vision?

The Apulian land and in particular that of Barletta is always a continuous inspiration for my works even when I tell stories about other places. Every time I come back, even if for very short periods, I try to immerse myself in the folklore of the earth that surrounds me, from the most familiar situations to the most foreign ones.

5) What artists do you refer to or feel close to your art?

The photographer I love most is Alec Soth, however, I follow many other photographers who are far from my way of observing and communicating reality. I appreciate the editorial work of many photographers.

From this point of view, the collective Cesura has always been an important point of reference for me, so much so that I spent a period of close contact in their headquarters. I fell in love with Michele Palazzi’s Finisterrae and other works published by Akina Books: Control by Cagdas Erdogan and ANGST by Soham Gupta.

6) What do you think about the artistic scene of your hometown? Is it a place where young artists like you can get the support and the motivation need?

I’ve been away from Barletta for seven years and I’ve seen that many things have changed for the better, in general in Puglia. In fact, there are festivals such as PhEst in Monopoly or even Apulia Land Art Festival. Or for the music, there is the Locus Festival.
Still, in Barletta, the situation is not easy.

There are many people who continue to struggle to grow the culture, but my contacts are a difficult public. I think it would be wonderful to give spaces to enhance young artists, but there is still an immature and disinterested public. In fact, there are always young people who go away.

Focu, 2017.

7) Suggest three ideas to launch the culture of emerging artists in Southern Italy.

I think that Southern Italy really needs and the chance to emerge and to tell through art. Surely I think it is good to organize residencies of artists, competitions, calls that invite young authors to work on the territory.

It is important to create new alternative training paths to encourage young people to stay. In addition, we need to get old and keep up with the contemporary and deepen the new technologies to spread the art.

8) In recent years we are witnessing a migration of interesting personalities from Apulia to places with more attractive career opportunities. Is, in your opinion, a change of direction possible?

As I said before, the situation is difficult, but I greatly appreciate the people who have decided to stay to try and not give up. Once again we talk about artists and public, I believe that a change is possible when you are in front of an audience ready to observe and listen. Fortunately, there are those who manage to temporarily bring international personalities to Puglia. But I think that a migration in the opposite direction to the present day is a utopia.

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Di casa e altre storie, Rosa Lacavalla, 2017-Ongoing.

9) What are your future plans? And your projects?

I chose to live in Bologna with the desire to travel as much as possible, both for work and for others. I have in mind a constantly evolving project that I started about two years ago, but I still can not say anything. I will certainly try to reconcile work and personal commitments. The country Italy gives us the opportunity to not have certainties for the future. so I will go on with great curiosity.

10) Do you see any artistic career or artistic project in Apulia in your future?

I think something is taking shape but we are still at the beginning. I do not deny that for some time I imagine participating in one.


Focu, Rosa Lacavalla, 2017.
Di casa e altre storie, Rosa Lacavalla, 2017-Ongoing.