Rongwrong – Presentation ‘On Gestures of Doing Nothing’

Collaboration with Sander Breure, Witte van Hulzen and Arnisa Zeqo.

Small exhibition on the occasion of the bookpresentation of On Gestures of Doing Nothing at Rongwrong – Space for Art an Theory – in Amsterdam.

On Gestures of Doing Nothing / Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Roma Publication 369

‘On Gestures of Doing Nothing’ documents a performance staged by Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen that took place over the cours of several days in their exhibition ‘The Floor is Lava’ in Marres in Maastricht. It consisted of eleven performers presenting a series of gestures. The performance – along with the exhibition itself – was […]


Converting the Archive

Transcription of lecture on the occasion of residency
program ‘WORK’ by Osservatorio OMNE, curated by
Massimo Sordi and Stefania Rossi, Castelfranco, Italy.

Published in WORK catalogue, 2018

Link to full PDF including images referred to in the text

‘Thank you for the invitation and for the opportunity to be here and meet the group of OMNE-lab residents. – F.E.R.V.E.T. archive (Castelfranco, Italy) As part of the OMNE project, I will work on a project about the photographic archive of F.E.R.V.E.T., nowadays filed in Castelfranco’s public library. (Image 1, 2)) (F.E.R.V.E.T. stands for ‘Fabbricazione […]



Series conducted as part of OMNE Osservatorio Mobile Nord Est, residency and exhibition program, curated by Massimo Sordi and Stefania Rossi. Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.

Published in Catalogue WORK

F.E.R.V.E.T., an acronym for Fabbricazione E Riparazione Vagoni E Tramway (Manufacturing and Repairing Wagons and Tramways), was a railway manufacturing company established in Bergamo in 1907. Activity in the Castelfranco Veneto plant started the following year, with orders for the repair, overhaul, modernization and conversion of train wagons and railway carriages. During the 90’s crisis, […]



Exhibition and leaflet Construzione – Ricostruzione – Ristrutturazione – Riparzione – Revisione

4 projector slide installation divided over 4 tower floors, sound.

OMNE Osservatorio Mobile Nord Est,
Torre Civica, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy

Each projection contains several chapters derived from the immense F.E.R.V.E.T archive with documents from 1907 till 2011, photographic images varying from burnt-out wrecks, overhauled wagons, daily life at the factory, staff parties, the archives themselves e.g.. Accompanied is a sound work, where the owner of the local ‘dopo lavoro’ bar (translated ‘after work’) situated next […]


The Spectators

Project in process
Residency by CALAMITA/Á – curated by Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve.
Published in ‘The Walking Mountain’

In October 9th, 1963, almost 2000 people died in the Vajont catastrophe, due to a landslide followed by the dam flooding. Inhabitants of Erto e Casso, small settlements overlooking the Vajont lake, watched the tragedy happen in front of them. Although mostly unharmed, authorities forced them to evacuate the area day after the tragedy, making […]


The State I am In

Kunsträume Horbach Stiftung, Cologne (DE)
Exhibition curated by Oliver Sieber and Katja Stuke

Interview with the curators

‘Ramya’ was commenced in 2002, when the photographer moved into Ramya’s house and used the camera as a means of communication. The the long-term project was resumed and completed after Rayma’s death in 2014, when Ramya’s private archive took Stavast to the remains of a former commune set by followers of the Bhagwan (Osho) in […]


In the labyrinth of identity

by Laura De Marco

In the labyrinth of identity Ramya by Petra Stavast is a delicate and profound work that enters you step by step. It’s not like love at first sight, it requires dedication: just like Stavast had in following and trying to rebuild, for a period of thirteen years, the plots of life of a woman thirty years older than herself. […]


Nel labirinto dell’identità

by Laura De Marco

Nel labirinto dell’identità Ramya di Petra Stavast è un lavoro, delicato ma al tempo stesso profondo, che ti entra dentro un poco alla volta. Non si fa amare a prima vista, ma richiede dedizione: la stessa che la Stavast ha avuto nel seguire e tentare di ricostruire, per un periodo lungo tredici anni, le trame della […]


Searching for Ramya
POMO Gallery, Milan

A conversation between Petra Stavast, the artist and Saul Marcadent, the curator

SAUL  In Ramya, as in your other projects, photography is a tool of reconstruction, return and invention of memory. Tell me about it. PETRA  Memory and the medium of photography, in my opinion, are indissolubly connected. Besides that, and partial due to that, I feel very in place in a “reconstructing role”. The first time […]


Sarah S75

Offsetprint on newspaper stock
87 x 70 cm
Edition of 200
Framed under acid-free conditions with 92% UV coated glass
91 x 73 x 3 cm
Edition of 10 + 1 a.p.



Roma Publications #114
Design Hans Gremmen
36 pages
16,5×23,5 cm
isbn 978 90 809988 34