The Heroine’s Journey of Rachela Abbate

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 

The working process: being in a state of perfect balance between inner and outer world, or better, between soul, ego and world. This happens by articulating something that responds to a vision that resonates with the world. In these work phases, I know to contribute to a general transformation process.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Being in a state of inner peace and in balance.

What is my greatest fear? 

The fear to be paralyzed by fear itself. This fear can have different faces: not to have enough financial resources to continue the artistic work or getting too sick or to be energetically absorbed by conflicts any kind. In general, the lack in believing in myself and in life itself.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I often hesitate to accept offers and to realize my decision-making as I’m afraid to hurt others, concerns which are often unfounded and harmful to myself.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Joan Jonas

What is my greatest extravagance?

I’m living in the country side, trying to carve out time as much as I can to be in nature.

On what occasion would I lie?

In case of being in conflict with absurd governmental regulations.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 

Too many words: explanations, descriptions etc. art works are not considered if they are not described and every occasion needs a different form of description.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 

I have no history of work –happiness. Happiness is always there when I’m in the state of mind I described above, detached from specific location, circumstances, or people.

If I could, what would I change about myself? 

I would not listen to my second thoughts.

What is my greatest achievement in work? 

To work and live correspondingly to what I desire.

Where would I most like to live?

At the shore of the warmer parts of the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean.

What is my most treasured possession?

My Violoncello.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Keeping the calm in situations of crisis and finding solutions.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 

The most of the time I’m living on the countryside.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Any bar or restaurant with a sea view.

What books influenced my life and how? 

There are a lot of books which have had a huge impact on my way of thinking and working, but the following four books were my “Damascus”, deeply changing my way of perceptions and thinking i.e. forming my individuality.

Ulysses by James Joyce because of the multifaceted aesthetics and multilayered meanings through culture, consciousness, time, space and relations.

How It Is by Samuel Beckett because of its radicalism instigating the search for truth and life.

Dialectic of Enlightenment by Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno as I learned to recognize culture and society as phenomena. This book urged me to be, on one side, critical and analytical and, on the other side, to create something sharable which could be close to truth and awareness.

King Lear by Shakespeare as it opened possibilities of thinking how art can be a vehicle for diverse contents, self-reflecting its own medium, in this case, words. A way to keep an artwork open and accessible.

Who are my favorite writers?

These are the few who come now in my mind, for sure I forgot the one or the other: Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Anna Akhmatova, William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevsky.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Aomame in 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Everybody who fights nonviolently for justice, environment, and for the lives of others.  And: Joseph Beuys, Malcom X, Simone Weil, Rosa Luxemburg.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky

What role plays art in my life and work? The first role.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My mother. 

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

Patti Smith

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?

The people of the Center For Political Beauty

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

My project, Imperatives – an artistic Encyclopédie Raisonné I started in 2018:  an interdisciplinary long-term project on aesthetics of autonomy comprising a series of a researches and artworks concerning the communications of knowledge systems in relation to artistic strategies for social change and practice of civil disobedience in the contemporary political crisis

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

If not digitally on, at my home at the Italian Riviera.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion is the life drive.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

The German painter and art instructor Insa Hoffmann.

Carmen Moreira, Canadian dancer and director of her SQX Dance Company.

Julia Schulz a writer and author of theater and fiction.

How can you contact me?

By email:

Phone/WhatsApp: +39 329 44 725 33


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