a project by Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo
together with Lola Kola
graphics and post-production CHEAP street poster art
project curated by Paola Granato
writing Ilenia Caleo
translation Ilaria Patano
photo by Claudia Borgia
Claudia Pajewski/ Short Theatre 2021
thanks to Sylvia De Fanti, Maddalena Fragnito, CRAAAZI, Fivizzano27
production of For The Time Being (Prototyping the Queering Platform) by Freespace, West Kowloon Art Park/Cultural District, Hong Kong with the support of Short Theatre (Rome)
SO IT IS_Roma is the first of several stages. It is a gesture of infestation of public spaces, and it is not a numero zero.
SO IT IS_Roma is an invitation to the musician and performer Lola Kola: embracing a practice and building an unpredictable imaginary of what bodies can be and do. The action-matrix which inspired SO IT IS_Roma came to life in Bologna in 2020, within the public art project La lotta è fica, designed and curated by CHEAP street poster art. Now it thrives and transforms through other bodies and places.
- each poster is one and unique, like our bodies (as long as it is not our desire that changes this indication)
- the shot is full-length, the body is naked
- the size of the poster is full size
- the body is at rest and not in an action
- the interventions on the body are carried out in graphic post-production / photomontage
- each poster is posted in a different city
the artist chooses the exact place for the posting, based on their city and the communities that live there
Throughout its stages, SO IT IS_# will weave a network of affections and relations: a practice of contact with the people we will meet and the communities surrounding them, materialising in an urban, non-virtual space.
The map of posters will be put together, stage by stage.
Lola Kola is an artist, musician and singer. She defines herself this way:
“No one ever really understood what Lola Kola does. She is a woman, a man, a transgender, a child, a toy, a rocking stud mare. She has been a fashion designer, model, actress, prostitute, drug dealer, drug addict, singer, pop icon, diva, a madwoman, without ever wishing to be anything."