Castello

Installation and performance during the for contemporary art IN/SU/LA that took place on the island of Ventotene (Italy), summer 2017

Materials: Wood, shock blankets
photos (3-6): courtesy Alessio Castagna

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The art festival IN/SU/LA, curated by Yvonne Andreini and Alessio Castagna, aims at inviting artists and cultural operators active in Europe. The 2017 edition focussed on the dialogue between Italy and Germany.

All participating artists were invited to to reflect on the local history of the island made up of exiles of important political figures, for example the exile of Julia, the daughter of the emperor Augustus, or that of Altiero Spinelli, who wrote the manifesto of Europe in Ventotene, together with other political exiles of the time. IN/SU/LA also encouraged interaction between the invited artists and the local population.

The work “castello” reflects on the role of Ventotene as the place where the idea of the European integration was born but also, in general terms, on the metaphorical meaning of an island in the Mediterranean Sea in our times.  The installation of a little hut, vested in thermal blankets, a fragile castle made of fake gold that acts as a metaphor for Europe as a place of longing for a golden future.

The performance consisted in the symbolic conquest of the offshore island in the bay of Ventotene.