Arianna Pace
Rivello (PZ), Basilicata

Arianna Pace was born in Pesaro in 1995, where she lives and works. In 2020 she obtained a second level diploma in Contemporary Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino. Important for her training was her 2018 participation in the Erasmus programme in Belgium, where her research acquired an international dimension and focused her attention on themes related to ecology. She has taken part in several artistic residencies in Italy, including Falía in Lozio (Valle Camonica, BS), Loam in Monte Ginezzo (Cortona, AR) and MAC (PD). Her exhibitions include: SOPRANNATURALE | cŏrpus et anĭmus, Condominio - Red Lab Gallery (MI); Baleno, SpazioVolta (BG); Incroci, Casa Sponge (Pergola, PU); Soffermarsi, SOTTOFONDOSTUDIO (AR). She was involved in the WHEREWHEREWHERE project, Argimusco (ME), and Progetto Vicinanze. Her awards and prizes include the “Surprize” special mention for experimentation, Centro Arti Visive Pescheria (Pesaro, PU); Premio Nazionale delle Arti - PNA (TO); finalists exhibition prize at the Rea! Art Fair (MI); first prize at YAG/garage (PE); and the BigCi Environmental Awards, Australia.

Rivello (PZ)

Situated in the Lucano Val D'Agri Lagonegrese Apennine National Park, dominated by the Sirino and Coccovello mountains, Rivello is set in the midst of nature, at a location where the Noce river flows and has carved a canyon in the rock over the centuries. Today it has about 2,500 inhabitants.
The village was built between the 6th and 8th centuries B.C. opposite the original settlement dating back to the 6th century B.C. Occupied by the Velini and the Longobards in the upper part of the village, and by the Byzantines in about the year 1000 in the lower part, over the centuries Rivello developed into two separate centres with different cultures, customs, traditions and religions. The first followed Latin rites in the church of San Nicola, the second adhered to Greek ritual at the church of Santa Maria del Poggio. The historic centre is a network of alleys, flights of steps and small pedestrian tunnels, and the many religious buildings like the Monastery of St Anthony of Padua dating back to 1512. A fiefdom of the Sanseverino, Ravaschiero and Pinelli families, Rivello regained its freedom in 1719 for 55,000 ducats and to ‘Cantare quattro di salami di ogni bontà, così come si fanno in detta terra di Rivello’ (sing of four kinds of salami of all the finest types, as they are made in said land of Rivello). Highlights of the local cuisine include soperzata, a cured pork meat with a fragrant, slightly spicy aroma, home-made pasta and polenta (steamed cornmeal) with termini (pork sausage), and ghiummariell (pasta envelopes stuffed with lamb or kid offal, cheese, parsley, garlic and black pepper). An ancient tradition in the village is copper craftsmanship, in addition to goldsmiths and silversmiths.