5 mini projectors, players, video, 5 old glass vessels

Anna Frants - Bluest of the Seas

Photography Andrea de Meo

Project “Bluest of the Seas” begins with the 90-year-old Signora sharing a story from her past with her granddaughter.

Be it bathing in the noon sun or filled with the chirping of cicadas, the Italian town of Maranola, which is rising up from the warm sea, is always resplendent. For its inhabitants, the seascape became some kind of a “Magic Lantern” (Laterna Magica) – a futuristic video with sounds and smells. It was also the means of sustenance in hard times. During the Second World War, women from the village used vessels made of thick green glass to bring seawater to the village, walking for 5 kilometers with 30-liter bottles on their heads. Seawater was then boiled down and the salt obtained from this process was transported through the mountains to the places where it could be exchanged for other basic necessities.

Bluest of the Seas
Photography Andrea de Meo

Video by Ekaterina Kondranina

Anna Frants

Anna Frants is an internationally known media artist and curator. She graduated from Baron Stieglitz St. Petersburg Academy of Art & Industry and also studied at Pratt Institute School of Advanced Studies in New York.

Anna Frants’ interactive art installations have been exhibited at top venues across the world. Recent highlights from 2009 until the present time include exhibiting in the St. Petersburg Biennial, Moscow Biennial and Polish Biennial, Kuoseino Sato Museum of Contemporary Art (Fukuoka, Japan), The Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), RSProjects (Berlin, Germany), VAP / Gogolfest (Kiev, Ukraine) and Transmediale (Berlin, Germany) as well as participating in a 17 day expedition to The Arctic Circle with The Farm Foundation of Arts and Sciences.

Frants is represented by Borey Gallery (St. Petersburg, Russia), Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery (Brooklyn, USA & Berlin, Germany) and Barbarian Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland). Her works can be found in collections of Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), Kolodzei Art Foundation (New York, USA), Sergey Kuryokhin Center for Modern Art (St. Petersburg, Russia) and private collections.