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Rossella Biscotti conceived a sculptural intervention for the art station Sankt Peter, which was created in direct confrontation with the location, the space and the visitors. 
A shirt, blue pants, blue jeans, a towel are just a few of the used textiles that have been collected in St. Peter's over the past few months and form the basis for the sculptures by the Italian artist. This material was cast partly in the studio and partly on site into 24 geometrically abstract concrete sculptures.

On the seemingly smooth and hard surfaces of the spheres, cubes and cuboids, fragments of the fabrics, bumps and cracks are visible, suggesting a sealed past and the fragility of the concrete construction. The textiles bear witness to the memories and experiences of their previous owners - sacred pieces from their former liturgical use, a rain jacket is reminiscent of "wind, sun, sea and stars", gymnastics and sports clothing of club times and competitions... The clothing donations reveal more of the same attached notes. Pieces that belonged to deceased family members also find a new context in the geometric sculptures.

In this way, the artist addresses the history of the place and its people on the one hand, but also very elementary questions on the other. Visible and non-visible are sometimes closely connected. This becomes clear in the archaeological history of Cologne: today's city is built on numerous layers of earlier architecture - some more, some less visible. This also applies to Sankt Peter, where historical burial sites are almost all over the place under today's floor. Historical testimonies are often hidden in this way, but at the same time they are sealed and preserved.

In her work, Rossella Biscotti is fundamentally interested in site-specific historical and architectural issues. Through research, archival materials, personal encounters or written exchange, she succeeds in making individual aspects as well as social and political issues in sculptures and spatial situations tangible. In her work, however, the various references are always reduced to their respective essence and implemented in an almost minimal design language.

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