CAROLA CAPPELLARI

Projects / Almost Blue

The installation “Almost Blue" explores the possibility of psychological resilience and invites to reflect on our society’s reluctance to show vulnerability. Defined as the ability to deal with and recover from difficult times, resilience is often mistakenly assumed to be an innate trait that only certain individuals possess. Recent studies, however, have demonstrated how this ability can be learnt and improved throughout our life within all the areas in which it manifests: the personal, the relationships and the community. Drawing on psychological findings and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, this project attempts to metaphorically reconstruct a personal path of resilience and to turn it into an invitation for a mutual act of sharing. Combining images and different material drawn from my own experience of dealing with an anxiety disorder, I re-enact dynamics of everyday life and personal relationships, to eventually prompt viewers to share their own stories of resilience. The intervention of the audience actively contributes to the meaning of the work, as it resonates with the theories that describe hearing inspiring stories of people as a key strategy to build resilience. 

A symbolic exchange of vulnerability takes place between myself and the viewers, generating the possibility for the stories themselves to become a source of inspiration to others. 


Installation at the London College of Communication, May 2019

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