Photography - Résidence Médicis

Rose Salane

Rose Salane

17/10/2023 / 19/11/2023
Start of residency 17/10/2023
End of residency 19/11/2023

Rose Salane (USA, 1992) is an artist living and working in New York. In her practice, Salane places systems of value and exchange alongside sentiment and loss to reflect on the conditions that shape life in cities. Her work has been featured in the 2021 New Museum Triennial and the 2022 Whitney Biennial in New York.  In 2022, she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Salane completed her MA in Urban Planning at Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, CUNY, and her BFA at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Her project at Villa Medici

While at Villa Medici, Rose Salane will observe two archeological sites once occupied by the Roman Empire: Dura-Europos, in present-day Syria, and Pompeii. She will focus on the perpetual resurfacing of rings worn by people in cities that are no longer accessible. Her current investigations highlight the ring as both a familiar and sentimental object with a meaning that exceeds its exchange value. Salane uses recovered objects from various settings of loss to reflect transtemporal relationships to information, memory, and preservation across cities, both ancient and contemporary.

The artist will develop a project using rings in the Dura-Europos archive at Yale University and expand on her research on rings in the archives of the Archeological Park of Pompeii. This work will continue the framework of previous projects engaging with sets of lost rings, which the artist uses as a way into the dynamic identity of an individual within a city.

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25 Rings Found at Dura-Europos (present-day Syria) ca. 323 B.C.- A.D. 256., from the archive of Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos at Yale University. Research photograph by Rose Salane