Tatiana Villani, Estrusione 02#01

22 November 2021

Flashback, all art is contemporary


The flashback special project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto

Tatiana Villani
Estrusione02#01 (2020)

Inauguration Wednesday, November 24th 6.30 p.m. 
Piazza Bottesini, Turin
and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)

The eight poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by the Flashback art fair is inaugurating in piazza Bottesini on Wednesday, November 24th at 06:30 p.m. and live on Facebook  – @flashbackfair: Estrusione 02#01 by Tatiana Villani (2020). 

For this eight episode, Tatiana is presenting an image taken from her project Estrusione 35 cm³ , whose first version was exhibited on an artificial lake in Empoli in 2017, within the framework of Un sentiero di segni / Arte e Ambiente (A pathway of signs / Art and Environment). In 2020, the sculpture – a transparent cube – was put onto the surface of lake Massaciuccoli, letting emerge that part which usually remains under the level of the water. Then, natural elements such as leaves, branches and insects.

The installation and the documenting photograph therefore dig into the reality of the landscape, making visible what is invisible.  In particular, this extrusion occurred in Massaciuccoli in early September 2021, in the Harbor channel, close to the entry to a “clear”: the cubic element was located onto an “aggallato”, i.e. a small island composed by rushes floating on water, a very significant agglomerate for the ecosystem of the reserve, 

The image by Tatiana Villani narrates the environmental concerns of this historical moment, the continuous transformations of the ecosystems, and how nature can recreate and reconstruct itself. As she has been reported by the Lipu operators, with whom the artist has established a dialog, the lake and the swamp area were in trouble: for years have the different institutions that care for the environment attempted to restore sustainable conditions, but the results could start to be seen only in 2012. “From then on, the lake started to act on its own… The natural ecosystems, when they are sufficiently extended and complex, have a capacity of resilience you sometimes would not expect. This is what has been happening on lake Massaciuccoli: since 2012, a slow reappearance of submersed vegetation has started to reappear along the whole East and South shore of the lake”.

Thus, a new start, on the environmental, cultural and social point of view is not only possible, but it is already in progress. As it is witnessed by this poster and by the previous ones 


Tatiana Villani. Born in Bergamo in 1974, Tatiana Villani grew up in Lecce, a land she then left to pursue her studies at Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. From 2007 to 2011, she lived in Berlin, where – amongst her various activities – she cooperated with international project Happenstudio, Platform for contemporary art. 
 In these very years, the artist started to resort to several media (painting, photography, installation, and video) to deal with themes related to international art, to the sociopolitical condition of Man and to his relationship with the environment. Her activity ranges from the visual arts to theater up to art therapy applied to various areas of social life.