This exhibition is an attempt to bring together some of the diverse aspects of the place where I live: Venice. The city, its lagoon, its past, and its present are obliged to coexist and create interrelationships with each other. If you stop and listen, you can sense their contradictions and their silent dialogues reverberating within us, whether you live here or are visiting.
Isole della laguna
Islands of the Lagoon
80 x 120 cm
I have always perceived the Lagoon, with its islands in the distance, as a place that is almost motionless, where time and space stretch out. A place in which the past is still alive, where only the rhythm of the tides and the passage of the wind and clouds govern an eternal present.
Vascelli della Serenissima
Ships of the Serene Republic
80 x 80 cm
The memory of a watercolour on display at the Correr Museum has stayed with me for many years. Maybe because it reminds me of travels to distant lands, the transport of marble and precious stones, the lapis lazuli from Afghanistan used to make the beautiful ultramarine blue. However, it also evokes battles, ransacking and everything that led to the creation of a powerful empire.
Crane at the Arsenale
120 x 80 cm
This imposing hydraulic crane is a constant but always surprising presence for visitors to the Contemporary Art Biennale. It is never overshadowed by the works on display – if anything it dominates them all, maybe because it is a ‘real’ object, solid and durable. As imperturbable as an ancient sphinx, it offers an enigmatic presence to the passer-by. It was used in the past to load cannons onto warships. Perhaps the rigid iron cross structures of its jib are the masculine equivalent of Burano lace?
120 x 80
At times, the Petrolchimico (petrochemical plant) can be seen as a contemporary vision of the famous work by Arnold Böcklin who painted five versions of the same subject: The Island of the Dead.
80 x 120 cm
The skyline of Porto Marghera bears the signs of the gradual decay of industrial structures that had once seen periods of intense activity and premature deaths. The irregular application of colour, the gaps, the unstable profiles, and the unnatural rendering of the water express the condition of these strange characters bathed in sunlight and water, figures that appear to reach for the sky almost as if to escape from the contaminated moisture slowly rising up their bodies.
80 x 120 cm
Often on the islands, and sometimes between the stones of the city, spontaneous and consoling wildflowers bloom: the embodiment of a spirit rising to defend itself against human intervention.
Passaggio. Il tempo e gli opposti
Passage. Time and Opposites
80 x 120
The incessant alternating of opposites and, sometimes, their state of equilibrium. Death and life, shadow and light. The game of time and the search for conciliation.
S. Marco, 4013A
30124 Venezia VE