Valentina Sciarra (born in Rome, Italy 1983) – after a Master’s Degree in Law and many specialised courses in photography, Sciarra got her diploma with honours in 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome with a thesis on „Les espaces en friches“ in the urban space (Engl. „Wastelands in the Urban Space“), written during a study program at Villa Arson Art Academy in Nice, France. She currently lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she completed a Master’s degree in Sculpture at the National Academy of Art in 2018.
Her works are in-situ interventions that transition from photography to installation, from sculpture to sound; some of which are permanent works in public spaces or in naturalistic sites, including Acqua Non Potabile, site-specific plastic fountain commissioned by the Bulgarian Fund for Women for European Capital of Culture Plovdiv 2019; The Path of the Oscillating Stones, land art work at Strupanitsa’s rock fall Lukovit (BG); Vita at the Murgia National Park (IT); Entre terre et ciel, permanent installation at the entrance of Archet Hospital in Nice France. Since 2016, she has carried out a specific research on stone sculpture, in which the way of acting is not directed to shaping – moulding – giving form to the stone, but the focus is to grow-thing or transfiguring the potentiality of the stone itself. The sculptures are a consequence simple and direct of the original shape or geological conformation of the stones. Every stone is chosen for its ability to suggest and for its ability to become.
She was supported by the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award Support Program in 2019 and 2018.
In 2020 she got the fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart in the frame of East European exchange program.