WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PART OF AN ARTWORK? TODAY I WILL TELL YOU ABOUT MY LAST PARTICIPATION IN THE SET-UP OF THOMAS DE FALCO’S TEXTILE ART, "CONTEMPORARY TAPESTRY SCULPTOR WHO GREW FOND OF THE WRAPPING". SATURDAY, MAY 28TH AT 8,30 PM, AT THE ARA PACIS MUSEUM IN ROME, "DAWN" (CURATED BY LAURA CHERUBINI) WAS PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC
“I make the sculpture talk through the body – De Falco had told me during our first work together – and I make it more readable, immediate. In my performances I create intertwinements tying the work to the hair, to the fingers, to the mouth: these are extreme physical contacts and the sculpture becomes like an extension of the body. ”
For “RED”, my feet had become roots on the floor of the Marino Marini Museum (Florence, October 2015); recently in Puglia, for “PRIVATE TDF”, it had been my right arm to undergo an artistic insertion and to search for sap in the sand over a dune near the stormy sea. In “ALBA” my whole body was enclosed in a cocoon of silk, cotton and thread. I lay on the marble, close to Olivier: only our hands were free, we could not touch but we had to move them with “romantic movements”. Our feet were enclosed in a wrapping tied to a sculptural cocoon that, together with us, was just behind the altar; our face turned up to the ceiling and our eyes perpetually closed perceived only variations in light and temperature. The marble was ice-cold.
To welcome the spectators before the altar, dated 9 b.C. there was Vittoria, wearing a suit of twenty meters, sitting on a referee chair: two musicians hiding under her (a clarinet and a traverse flute). The wrappings got down from her knees and her hair as her head could only stretch, eyes closed, toward the ceiling. To tie these two pictures to the third of this choral idea of rebirth there was the voice of mezzo-soprano, Virginia. The auditorium of the Museum hosted the third nucleus, where the violin punctuated the action of the ten bodies: Mercedes standing, William on his knees, Jem and Naomi, Diamara and Clara, Barbara and Sofia, Francesco lying on the ground and Vittorio sitting next the uncle, in representation of the families of this new genesis.
All together, distant but united, we waited an hour for the birth of a new dawn.
What does the word “performance” mean?
It is not only about “being part of a work of art.” Per-forming is an exchange: a reciprocal taking shape. The artist imposes it, the body receives it and makes it visible.
Each time the result is unique, unrepeatable and absolutely variable. It is a dialogue full of variables in which the only certainty is the sender-recipient relationship, but where also the time, silence and life are eternally involved..
Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi www.artmoodon.com
Foto Giovanni De Angelis