Julia Rometti & Victor Costales
“Errant Rocks on Tumbling Blocks / Wild Flowers of Palestine / to be defined”
Double slideshows / offset print posters / photogravure prints
In this multidimensional work, Julia Rometti and Victor Costales read nature as a space of political inscription. With their proposition, the wild is read as a territory of dissent, as a manifesto of determination and legitimacy. Rocks, flowers, and insects become actors of an ideological and metaphysical battleground. The rocks wander through an illusionary space and simultaneously inhabit the specificity of, versus the impossibility of, location. The bibliophagic insects’ excavations in a geology book create a bookworm’s perspective on natural sciences, themselves being part of the book, of the library, of Jerusalem, of Palestine, of the universe. Here the insects affect the study of geology in the same way that geology affects the comprehension of land, space, and its representation.
Julia Rometti graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts Paris-Cergy and attended Le Pavillon laboratory program of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Victor Costales, a native of Belarus, graduated from the Instituto Latinoamericano de Diseño Grafico in Quito in Ecuador, the CFP Riccardo Bauer in Milan, and Istituto Italiano di Fotografia in Milan. As a duo, their work has been shown in various international locations, including Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland; Jousse Entreprise Gallery, Paris; The David Roberts Arts Foundation, London; and the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale with CAPACETE. Currently they live and work in Paris and conduct long-term research projects in various Latin American countries.