80121 residency was founded by Raffaela Naldi Rossano in 2017 in Napoli. Naldi Rossano is an artist and writer.
Residency 80121 is a research and experimentation platform through the formation of temporary collectives with the aim of investigating ways of living in a place, domestic or of origin, alternative to the dominant system.
Founded in 2017 by the artist Raffaela Naldi Rossano (Naples, 1990), the platform follows two lines: the artistic practice of Naldi Rossano, which develops into a transformation project of the grandmother’s house – the apartment in via Martucci 48, the association’s headquarters – and the opening of multidisciplinary community practices of living, in the layered context of a city like Naples.
In its first year of activity Naldi Rossano and the German artist Zerha Arslan (Hamburg, 1985) reinterpreted the house-space with the opening exhibition Sulle Forme dell’Abitare, and then continued the programme with the collective project Otium – Corruption and the Dash, in collaboration with the Relais Regina Giovanna di Sorrento, up to the performance event Monaciello Disco.
Monaciello Disco is a collective chant of poetry, performance and music, to share and celebrate creative exchange and involve the public in a tribute to art, diversity and inclusivity.
In 2019 Mathilde Rosier and Lydia Ourahmane were invited to close the first chapter of the residences.
The domestic space, in 2019, adds a further stratification to the home-studio with Sibilla Cabinet, designed by Iacopo Taddeo, a studio and a library with a dynamic and convivial nature. Sibilla Cabinet is a bookshop and research archive which functions as an extension of the exhibition space itself, enabling and promoting critical thought. A melting pot for diverse, cultural and social exchange, it aims to help create a community of various generations to foster a local and international dialogue.
In 2020, Residency 80121 hosted Catch The Present, a special event for Christmas \ the winter solstice, through which experiment with a new sharing economy model based on trust and redistribution, with a view to mutual support, involving the local community of artists and creatives.