Carla Della Beffa
After a career in advertising, she started in 1996 with painting and net-art. She went on to video, photography, writing and interdisciplinary, relational projects like Culburb (Cultural Acupuncture in European capitals, 2012), 50° Premio Suzzara and Ecoismi (2019).
Corallo is a site-specific, permanent project for the Isola Borromeo, Cassano d’Adda. The title refers to water, which shapes the island, is essential to life and always flowing. The installation is made with small, coral-colored resin hands, growing out from tree trunks. They are similar to flowers, lichens, mushrooms, ivy branches. They are monuments to shipwrecked people, souls asking to be remembered, symbols of the new life growing from dissolving matter.The project comes from far away in her artistic and personal research: She always believed in the nitrogen cycle, where organic matter transforms into soil, grass, food for animals and humans, in the ceaseless rhythm of death and rebirth.