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Dumpster Love Yourself

Federica Di Pietrantonio and Andrea Frosolini

On Friday 21st January at 6 pm, within the framework of ART CITY Bologna 2022 on the occasion of ARTEFIERA, Adiacenze inaugurates Dumpster Love Yourself, the first bi-personal exhibition in the gallery by Federica Di Pietrantonio and Andrea Frosolini, curated by Alessandra Ioalè and Adiacenze.

Referring to the notion of “waste”1 raised by the critic Nicolas Bourriaud, the young Roman artists propose an alternative version of our imposed contemporary social reality, questioning its “normalising” culture. With a structured and distinctive stylistic code, whose aesthetic is reminiscent of the video of the song Dumpster Love Yourself by the youtuber simgmproductions (from which the project takes its title), Di Pietrantonio and Frosolini rework what they take from underweb movements and from those subcultures which can be accessed mainly online, and which they experience first-hand. These niche realities that are considered “waste” by the dominant culture (in spite of undergoing mainstream consumption) are translated in the spaces of Adiacenze into a single concrete environment through a series of new works, created in pairs and individually by the two artists. If Di Pietrantonio explores the cities of the videogame The Sims reflecting on what could be considered essential in a virtual universe, Frosolini focuses on the construction and re-definition of identity. They then confront each other as a duo (AFFDP) according to flirt and mutual rescue practices.

In this scenario, the works represent social counter-models, calling for a rethinking of those that are imposed, and devices of knowledge and access to different realities linked online. This way, in the exhibition space, the fluid sense and the ease in accessing that chaotic multitude of online connected realities is highlighted, making clear the dichotomous aspect of digital wellness that is experienced by different generations by placing the spectator in the same perspective of those who “propose” and those who “consume”. Here emerges a vision of virtual reality no longer as a place in which to shelter, but as an extension of concrete reality, which is turned into a new comfort zone where time is heterochronic and it is only possible to browse.


Federica Di Pietrantonio federicadipiet was born in 1996 in Rome, where she currently lives and works. She studied Painting at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts graduating in 2019, and carried out her thesis research spending free time at KASK (Ghent, Belgium), where she developed the Vacation Spot project. In 2017 he was selected for Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale and the following became part of Spazio In Situ, where she works as an artist and web designer. She has exhibited in several spaces and galleries including Manifattura Tabacchi (Florence), Las Palmas (Lisbon), Una Vetrina (Rome), Temple University Gallery (Rome), The Gallery Apart (Rome) e Spazio In Situ (Rome), TILT (Renens, CH), GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Rome), Virginia Bianchi Gallery (online)..From 2018 the collaboration with Andrea Frosolini gives life to ISIT.magazine (Contemporary Art Magazine), Webby Agency (Web Agency focused on design and development of web services for artists and art professionals) and the artistic couple AFFDP. In 2020 began to work with The Gallery Apart and she has been nominated as best young emergent artist by Artribune. In 2021 she was selected for SUPERBLAST residency at Manifattura Tabacchi (Florence) and was selected among the finalists of Talent Prize 2021. Her research focuses on relationships and processes that develop from simulated or virtual realities and social platforms.

Di Pietrantonio, theres glitter on the floor, machinima video, color, sound 000350, 2021


Andrea Frosolii was born the 16th of September 1993 in Rome, where he actually works and lives. In 2016 he opened, with other 6 artists, the artist-run space Spazio In Situ, where he works as artist, graphic designer and social media manager. Since 2015 his work has been part of several exhibition in Italy and Europe; at Spazio In Situ (Rome) for the solo show “ECO” [2018], “IN DA PLACE” [2017], “OUT OF SPACE” [2019] and “IPERSITU” [2021] curated by Daniela Cotimbo. In 2019 he took part of the group show “Chilometro 0” at The Gallery Apart, with some of the members of In Situ. In 2018 he joined the project “Vacation Spot in Gent” curated by Federica Di Pietrantonio, in Ghent (Belgium). In that occasion was born the collaboration with the roman artist, they together run ISIT.magazine and the project-duo AFFDP. In 2021 ISIT.magazine curated the solo show of the artist Elena Perugi at ARTVERONA 2021, for the editorial section “Pages”, curated by Ginevra Bria. The 16th of December the artist presented his work at the group show “MATERIA NOVA” at GAM Galleria d’Arte ModernA in Rome, curated by Massimo Mininni. In February 2022 the artist will take part of the duo show with Luca Grimaldi at STRUTTURA (Palazzo Odescalchi). The project “CONTENT” (opened by Federica Di Pietrantonio and Alessndro Calizza’s show) is composed by 3 duo-shows of artists selected among independent art spaces in Rome.

Frosolini, LACK 2019 mensola – glitter – lavabile – moquette The Gallery Apart – Roma


OPENING: Friday 21st January from 6 p.m.

ARTISTS: Federica Di Pietrantonio and Andrea Frosolini

CURATED BY: Alessandra Ioalè and Adiacenze

LOCATION: Adiacenze, Vicolo Spirito Santo 1/B, Bologna

DURATION: 21/01-03/03/2022

OPENING TIMES: 22/01/2022 11.00-24.00; 23/01/2022 11.00-21.00; from 25/01/2022 Tue-Sat, 16.00-20.00 (mornings by appointment)

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