Alessia Petrolito

Alessia Petrolito
School of the Art Institute of Chicago · Department of Visual and Critical Studies

MA in Visual and Critical Studies 2016
Independent multidisciplinary research

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Introduction
Born in the US. Raised in Italy. A BFA in Decorazione (2013) obtained from the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino and a MA in Visual and Critical Studies (2016) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She lives and works in Turin. Current projects: #Narratives and Displacement #Arts & Adoption - linktr.ee/arpadoptic
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - present
Fondazione CRT
Position
  • Administrator
Education
September 2014 - May 2016
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Field of study
  • Visual and Critical Studies
November 2010 - July 2013
Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino
Field of study
  • Decorazione

Publications

Publications (13)
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This presentation title, “The Shape of the Word”, is a word pun (Gioco di parole) between the word “shape” being a form and the term “word” being an alternative to the body. Over the course of this dialogue, Devi and I will merge our interest in arts and storytelling to narrate the adopted body we are familiar with... What can a body tell of a body...
Experiment Findings
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The analysis of adoptees' virtual communities through social media lenses / Virtual communities are originated by a combination of the two; where adoption is both a trigger event and a passion.
Experiment Findings
Reflections on hypersexualization: reactions to racial 'mixture' and perceived ethnical contrast with references to artists' work on adoptive fathers and daughters images. English translation of Italian article from 2017 available at https://arpadoptic.com/2017/03/10/papa-ed-io-non-possiamo-sederci-o-camminare-insieme/
Research Proposal
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The proposal exhibition built upon a previous project, Black but Italian, from 2015 and 2016, in which I unknowingly followed the “lifelogging trend” and tested my DNA genealogy for regional ancestry. Longing to Match focuses on imperceptible traits shown in DNA test results (for example mine were tracing me back to Scandinavia, England, Wales S-W...
Research Proposal
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Originally, "The Eye-Catcher" was the title for an exhibition proposal. The term references the state of “being looked at,” “stared” or "noted" such as “capturing someone’s attention.” All the thinking sparkled from a lifetime encounter with a couple of friends of ours, us being Italians (and slightly American), and them being Dutch and American....
Research Proposal
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A multitude of artists writers and performers flourished online, and festivals exhibitions and publications duplicated with them. I consider this to be a worldwide phenomenon in which adoptees are self-translating authors, and thus, I am asking you, what could it be more interesting to study?
Experiment Findings
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Search vs Research - A comparison between artistic research and search for identity and origins: adoptee artists and adult adoptees use arts to understand and develop the Self.
Research
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Dislocata-focuses on the perception of discomfort and the obsession with Return.
Working Paper
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Poster
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Chewing Ambiguity events - sendoutposter
Working Paper
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My adoption experience has always been the foundation of my artistic practice, for I believe the proliferation of adult adoptees’ visual arts explorations (film, documentary, photography, writing etc.) to be a visual phenomenon that deserves an artistic academic research wing in the adoption literature.
Conference Paper
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Based on my living experience as a transracial international adoptee born in the U.S. who grew up in Italy, and has now moved back to the birth country, this paper establishes and explores the adoptic state: the interstitial state/space between the native and the receiving country in which most international adoptees inhabit.

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Projects

Projects (4)
Project
The project aims to connect adoptees across networks and borders. The featured blog speaks to International Adoptees' organizations where they get information about the Italian Adoptee Led - Networks, Influencers and Projects. https://adoptcloud.blogspot.com/
Project
A poetic of return... < in progress text photographic project >
Archived project
Un-frame ambiguity from typical categories to look at it as a theoretical analysis applied to interdisciplinary studies. https://chewingambiguity.tumblr.com/