In-ruins is an international research platform founded in 2018 and combining art residences, talks, symposiums and scientific research. The project rethinks and remaps archaeological ruins within new, real and speculative, landscapes. It reaches to myths, symbols, collective memory and the political significance of archaeological discoveries. 

In-ruins contributes to rethinking cultural heritage by connecting historic, artistic, philosophical and social dots. Inquiring into the dynamics of archaeology in relation to contemporary art, the project invites artists and culture practitioners to collaborate within an interdisciplinary framework, fostering horizontal exchange and connections between disciplines and ideas. 



The In-ruins residencies and projects take place in the Archaeological Park of Scolacium,

in Roccelletta di Borgia, Italy. The Park is one of the most important and evocative archaeological sites in the southern part of the country. The location comprises archaeological monuments and a secular olive grove. 


The archaeological ruins are the result of centuries of stratification.

A Roman colony was established in 123-122 B.C. on the site of the Greek city of Skylletion. At the time, the place was called Minerva Scolacium. After its decline, between the Greek-Gothic war of the 6th century A.D. and the definite abandonment of the city in the 8th century A.D., it became a Saracen fortress taking the name of Squillace. Between the 11th and 12th century, it was occupied by the Normans.


From 2005 to 2011, the site hosted a series of contemporary exhibitions 'Intersezioni'.

The events featured many established artists. Among them: Daniel Buren, Stephan Balkenhol, Tony Cragg, Wim Delvoye, Jan Fabre, Antony Gormley, Mimmo Paladino, 

Marc Quinn, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Mauro Staccioli.


Curatorial board

Maria Luigia Gioffre

Nicola Guastamacchia 

Dobroslawa Nowak

Nicola Nitido


Azzurra Pitruzzella 

Maria Luigia Gioffre 

Elisa Costantini

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