straperetana 2018, in Pereto (AQ)

Giorgia Accorsi, The noise inside,
Straperetana 2017, performance at the Belvedere, Pereto (AQ), photo by Giorgio Benni


Straperetana returns to the hamlet of Pereto, in the province of L’Aquila, a year after its first edition in summer 2017. Stemming from an idea by Paola Capata and Delfo Durante, this year’s project is curated by Saverio Verini and features work by seventeen artists. For a whole month, newly commissioned works will be on view in various locations across Pereto, occupying both private and public spaces, including churches, cellars, abandoned houses, alleys and squares. The interventions will involve the whole hamlet, creating a journey which will unravel through its streets, built environment and landscape.

The name of the project, straperetana, implies a fiercely local but also an expanded and amplified dimension. The artists’ interventions will permeate the town, in a tentative dialogue between the contemporary and the ancient, between innovation and tradition. It will offer a unique reading of a compelling place with a rich cultural history (Pereto is first mentioned in 996 AD). The works, which will be installed across the hamlet, will be proposed as slight interferences or intervals which seek to establish themselves in relation to Pereto without causing upheaval, but offering a chance to exalt its peculiarities. This will be a unique opportunity to discover an unexpectedly rich locality with captivating architecture and landscapes, lying only 70 km from Rome.

This year straperetana will include a title: Il tempo svogliato (Idle Time), which references the sense of stasis and tranquility of Pereto, perched on a mountain, in a dominant position above the valley. Here, time appears to almost manifest itself in alternating phases, with the town’s old signs, dated buildings and anachronistic traditions and customs. Time goes by, but without an easily definably rhythm. It appears to kiss the hamlet and to define its character, seemingly suspended between a sense of waiting and a desire to be unaffected by change.

This condition confers a quasi-literary flavour to Pereto, which the artists attempt to interpret, suggest and harness. More than a theme per se, Idle Time seeks to be a guiding track capable of offering a ‘temperature’ of the exhibition journey and to act as unifying thread of the various commissions, without overpowering them. Rather, it allows for the coexistence between the heterogeneous poetry which manifests itself through various media including installation, performance, and video, in both public and private spaces throughout the town.

The seventeen participating artists of this year’s edition of straperetana are: Francesco Alberico (Pescara, 1996), José Angelino (Ragusa, 1977), Francesco Arena (Torre Santa Susanna (BR), 1978), Elisabetta Benassi (Roma, 1966), Lupo Borgonovo (Milano, 1985), Thomas Braida (Gorizia, 1982), Simone Camerlengo (Pescara 1989), Michela de Mattei (Roma, 1984), Roberto Fassone (Savigliano (CN), 1986), Matteo Fato (Pescara, 1979), Flavio Favelli (Firenze, 1967), Corinna Gosmaro (Savigliano (CN), 1987), Lorenzo Kamerlengo (Pescara, 1988), Valerio Nicolai (Gorizia, 1988), Alfredo Pirri (Cosenza, 1957), Nicola Samorì (Forlì, 1977), Sissi (Bologna, 1977).

The lead up to this year’s edition of straperetana has been preceded by two initiatives over the past months. Maluttaklaus took place over the Christmas period, featuring artists from the collective Fondazione Malutta, who installed a series of sheep made from various materials throughout the town, some of which were gifted to the inhabitants of Pereto. The idea was to create an alternative nativity scene, drawing attention to a character which appears marginal in the nativity, but which has a strong relationship to the town and its customs. Meanwhile, in April the artist Thomas Braida held two days of drawing and clay workshops for children from the Salvo D’Acquisto school. These two projects aim to give continuity to the impetus of straperetana, weaving an ever stronger relationship with the town.

The show will be on view from Saturday 7 July to Sunday 5 August. The works will be open to the public from Friday to Sunday, from 3:30–8pm, or by appointment from Monday to Thursday.


Adelaide Cioni, Straperetana 2017, outdoor installation new in Pereto (AQ)
photo by Giorgio Benni


Matteo Fato, Straperetana 2017, installation view at Palazzo Maccafani Pereto (AQ)
photo by Giorgio Benni


straperetana 2018
A project by Paola Capata and Delfo Durante
Curated by Saverio Verini
8 July–5 August 2018
Opening 7 July 2018, 6–10:30pm

Pereto (AQ), various locations
Opening hours: Fri–Sun, 3:30–8pm; Mon–Thu by appointment.