Raffaela Mariniello currently lives and works in Naples, Italy. Her artistic research centres around social and cultural themes, in particular, the transformation of the urban landscape and the relationship between the man, the everyday objects of his life and the places he lives in. In 1991, when the crisis of the iron and steel industry contributed to the shutting down of the Italsider in Bagnoli, Raffaela Mariniello began a photographic ...
Raffaela Mariniello currently lives and works in Naples, Italy.
Her artistic research centres around social and cultural themes, in particular, the transformation of the urban landscape and the relationship between the man, the everyday objects of his life and the places he lives in.
In 1991, when the crisis of the iron and steel industry contributed to the shutting down of the Italsider in Bagnoli, Raffaela Mariniello began a photographic campaign about the factory, which continues to be the only historical testimony to the steel mill’s activity.
'Bagnoli, una fabbrica' (catalogue published by Electa, Naples, 1991) was exhibited in Naples, Nantes, Calais, Paris and Milan between 1992 and 1995.
'Moltitudini' (1995) and 'Natura morta' (1998), installations in which the artist’s distance from more traditional photography is evident, were shown at Studio Trisorio in Naples, as well as in Verona, Marseilles, Rome and Turin. These are one-off pieces that associate the expressive means of photography with the depth and materiality of sculpture.
'Napoli veduta immaginaria' (catalogue published by Motta, Milan, 2001), consists of a series of images dedicated to the city of Naples, where what emerges is the novelty of an unusual industrial and post-industrial urban scenario for that city. The photographs were shown at the Museo del Maschio Angioino in Naples, curated by Studio Trisorio—the Lawrence Rubin gallery in Milan, the Castello Aragonese in Lecce and the Ronchini gallery in Terni.
The artist participated together with Daniel Buren in the art project ARIN promoted by Incontri Internazionali d’Arte (catalogue published by Arin-Buren, Naples, 2004).
The volume Raffaela Mariniello (catalogue published by Ffotogallery editions, Cardiff, Wales, 2006) is a collection of photographs taken of the city of Cardiff, Wales, commissioned by the local administration with the collaboration of the Ffotogallery. The work was showcased at the Turner House Gallery in Cardiff in October 2005.
The video installation 'Over and over', produced during 2005, and shown at Studio Trisorio in Rome, the Pan in Naples and the Man in Nuoro, opened up the artist’s research to new expressive modes.
In 2006. the artist began a project on the historical neighbourhoods of Italian cities where she reveals the transformation of locations that are subject to mass tourism. The colour, large-format images seek to show the changes in the essence of a site, its transfiguration to the point that it becomes like a theme park deprived of historical and cultural identity. The title of this series of images is 'Souvenirs d’Italie', for which a video was produced as well.
In 2014, the artist produced a video 'Still in life', documenting the arson of a fire in the Museum the City of Science, in Naples. After the fire, the place seems a contemporary Pompei, a place where beauty and horror mingle, and in fact, the images, while painful, reveal a secret poetry. 'Still in life' is an art response to the deep wound.
The artist's gaze comes from an intimate sphere to be in solidarity and social purpose and launches a new creative approach that uses different media.