Marianna Orlotti

Turín, 1988. La investigación actual de Marianna Orlotti proviene de su necesidad personal para trabajar en una estructura dialógica y para explorar las posibilidades e imposibilidades de operar en un contexto geográfico, social y político diferente. Su proyecto tiene como objetivo encontrar respuestas interdisciplinarias a preguntas como:
"¿Cómo el entorno geográfico, social y cultural puede influir en la preservación de la historia, la construcción de la identidad individual y colectiva y las prácticas artísticas en relación con los procesos de cambio, que ha alterado profundamente nuestra percepción de la espacialidad y la temporalidad? "
"¿Cuáles son las estrategias de supervivencia cuando alguien tiene que construir una narración estructurada en un contexto donde la memoria está constantemente amenazada, por ejemplo, por los procesos de desterritorialización y relocalización de las prácticas artísticas en contextos socioculturales ?".
Su trabajo se convierte en una extensión de la práctica privada de la contextualización de los recuerdos y reinterpretación de los rastros históricos para crear versiones alternativas de historias contemporáneas. Esto hace visible una especie de idiosincrasia, una definición unívoca, que trae similitudes y especialmente inconsistencias en la sociedad y los diferentes enfoques de la investigación artística.


Open call for artists

lugar a dudas

application deadline: 22nd September 2015
Public presentation on 25th September 2015
curated by marianna orlotti

marianna orlotti, italian indipendent curator, with the support of lugar a dudas, promotes the open call chorography. #colombianseries as result of her residency in Cali.

The complicated Colombian geography makes visible a sort of idiosyncrasy to a univocal definition, it brings, out in this discursive space, similarities and especially inconsistencies in the society and also among different approaches to the artistic research. chorography. #colombianseries, focused on contemporary 'colombian' art, examines a specific artistic moment within a given geographical boundary, conveying the heterogeneous narrative of a complex and multifaceted scenario as the colombian one is.

chorography. #colombianseries is intended as a discursive field of self-description that reveals collective consciousness about a landscape that seems to be the core of a reality in tension between: experience and narration. The exhibition project tries to analyze how the territory affects social relationships, can influence the preservation of the history, the construction of individual and collective identity and the current artistic practices. Its contents face the crucial rellationship of mutual exchange between human geography and the contemporary art, to find possible answers to the question “Where does Colombia end?”

at the same time, by the format used, chorography. #colombianseries investigates the possibilities of exhibition models alternative to the white cube as a central material and expressive mode for art, as well as status symbol in terms of social and artistic values. Challenging cultural and structural paradigms of displaying, the interactive nature of the project aims to annul the space-time distance between the authors and the viewer who has to activate the contents giving them a new materiality, let it examines the present and give new answers.

It aims to organise an informal collection/atlas, consisting of the contributions of artists in order to suggest a real map of Colombia that takes shape through formal, ontological and conceptual associations.

The digital exhibition will set up in a usb flash drive permanently placed in a wall at lugar a ludas as part of ‘Dead Drops’.

The (virtual) environment  where the user is exposed is about new subjectivities, new possibilities and aesthetic models that involve reasons beyond the boundaries of art,  and suggest different type of visual and other methods of ordering. On one hand CHOROGRAPHY. #colombianseries, as interactive display, aims to erase the space-time distance between the authors and the recipient. On the other hand, for the medium used, the user has to reactivate the available contents in the memory usb, while the artist has already recorded his work there in another space and time.

The project will conclude with the digital exhibition in lugar a dudas at the end of September and with a public presentation in Turin (Italy).

Application guidelines:

Eligible applicants

The call is open to artists who have or have had a personal or work connection with this geographic area presenting a contribution focus on these topics.

Enquires & proposal submission
Please send enquiries and proposals by Sunday 20 September 2015 via email to with the object “application open call chorography.#colombianseries” with:

- short bio and contact

- a selected work specifically related to the issues listed above (mythology, landscape, post-conflict, politics) with a description. Eligible contributions: images of artworks or exhibitions, video, audio records, notes, essays, newspaper or magazine articles, …

Applicants may be contacted for additional information


Marianna Orlotti (Torino, 1988) is an independent curator, contributor and researcher. In 2014 she got a Master Degree in Communication of Contemporary Art and Curatorial studies at the Accademia Albertina of Fine Arts in Turin, Italy, then she attended a post-graduate Advanced Course in Contemporary Art Markets to NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and a Social Networking and Curating on the Web courses at NODE |Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin. She is co­editor at T­A­X­I, a research and curatorial platform publishing house based in Turin, and collaborates with EXIBART magazine. Recently she has been in residence at MOP Foundation, London and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella. She lives and works in Turin.