In-ruins Residency is co-founded and run by Azzurra Pitruzzella, Maria Luigia Gioffre and Elisa Costantini in collaboration with Fondazione Armonie d'Arte, who manages Scolacium Archeological Park, owned by MiBACT (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism).
Azzurra Pitruzzella (b. 1990, Italy) is an independent curator working between London and Italy. After graduating in Philosophy and the University of Catania, in 2017, she concluded a MA in Culture Criticism and Curation and Central Saint Martins in London. Born and raised in Agrigento, Azzurra has always had a tight connection with archaeological ruins. Her research focusses on the mechanisms behind the persistence of historical memory in the present and, above all, in the contemporary mind, influenced and accelerated by the digital.
Maria Luigia Gioffre' (b.1990, Italy) is a multidisciplinary artist working across performance and visual art. She holds a BA in Political Sciences, a Photography Diploma and an MA Practices and Philosophies of Photography at Central Saint Martins in London. Her work primarily engages with narration and memory as tool for transfiguration of elements from personal and collective history. Her latest works have been selected for Aesthetica Art Prize and they are part of the permanent collection at Italian Embassy of Turkey and Guler Sanat Galerisi in Ankara. Her theoretical research has been presented at International Day of Light Unesco Symposium at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL London and Art and Psyche Imagination at Pacifica Graduate Institute, University of Santa Barbara, CA.
Elisa Costantini (b. 1983, Brasil) is a London based artist, art director and photographer. Born in Brasil and raised in Italy, after a MSc. in Economics and several years as consultant, she develops her personal and artistic research attending a MA in Contemporary Photography, Practices and Philosophies at Central Saint Martins in London. Her research takes a critical view of women issue, of notions of sex and identity and the interaction of human body and human gestures with its environment.