Anna Zvyagintseva

Dnipro (1986)

credits © Anna Zvyagintseva

Anna Zvyagintseva investigates the imperceptible, impalpable facets of life, showcasing their fragility and documenting elusive intangible moments. Body, paths, useless action, and small gestures are the main topics of her work, focused on the idea of potentiality doing something without clear purpose. Anna researches how hesitation and mistakes can lead to unexpected encounters and outcomes. Many of her works speak about the potentiality of doubt and are an attempt to observe movement of thought. Her oeuvre is made by an entanglement of drawing in various forms and transmedia variations like sculpture, installations, video and painting. In 2010, she graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, department of painting, Kyiv. In 2015, she participated in Pavilion of Ukraine Hope! at the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia; in 2017 in The school of Kyiv, Kyiv biennale. She was awarded the main Pinchuk Art Prize in 2017 and in 2015 she was awarded the Special Prize and also received the Public Choice Prize. She is a member of the curatorial group Hudrada since 2010. Solo exhibitions: The Empty Spaces of Doors and Windows Allow the Room to be Inhabited, 2019, The Naked Room, Kyiv, Ukraine; Misplaced touches, 2017, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine; The radio behind the wall, 2015, Closer, Kyiv, Ukraine; Trusting movement, 2013, Scherbenko Art Center, Kyiv.

Anna Zvyagintseva’s project in San Donato di Ninea is coordinated by Altrove Association – Vincenzo Costantino, Edoardo Suraci.

Il borgo

San Donato di Ninea, Calabria

39°43′N 16°02′E

Borgo San Donato di Ninea (CS) il presepe di Calabria PH Saverio Francesco PATERNOSTRO

San Donato di Ninea is a village of about 1,200 inhabitants in the province of Cosenza. Perched on the rocky spur of Motta (850 meters above sea level), San Donato di Ninea is immersed in the Pollino National Park, overlooking the Esaro Valley and the Sibaritide plane. It is an old village that owes its origins to The Oenotrians, who were headed by leader Ninevo (hence the name Ninea), that is also known for the presence of a rich mineral deposit called “Cava dell’Oro”. The village has seen a succession of invasions: first the Longobards, who chose the caves of the Madonna dell’Angelo, caves of natural origin that over the centuries have been eroded by water, as a place of worship and later, the Aretini who brought their patron saint San Donato V.M., and who dedicated his name to the village and to the chapel that is located in the Pantano district (which houses paintings from the Byzantine period). The Church of S. Maria Assunta is an important monument for the village. It is located at its highest point and is a fantastic view point from which to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Inside the church, you can find a miraculous painting of the Madonna Assunta which, on 24 May, is carried in a procession up to this point. The village has a second historical centre in the hamlet of Policastrello, where the feudal castle of the Sangineti / Sanseverini family stands.

The Autumn Festival in November is a very important occasion where chestnuts, for centuries an essential fruit for the Sandonatese economy, are celebrated. The village has a lot to offer to tourists with many mountain activities (there is a refuge at Piano di Lanzo at 1350m above sea level) and given its proximity to the coast, it’s also a great place to stay in the summer.