Connecting Work

Demos cratos

We should consider democracy as a goal to reach even though, I’m not sure with how much good faith or how much ignorance, some Western politicians persist in defining ours as “accomplished democracies”.

I created a sculpture in travertine named “Demos Cratos”. It represents a partially defined face whose right side remains a shapeless matter whereas the left side lacks matter.

This is the face of “accomplished democracy”: the splinter of a complete rock, incomplete and uncompletable. This work connects the series “What Remains of the Development” with “Overcoming the Ultimate Limit State with the Mind”.

Connecting Work

The Big Paper

This work is in defence of the Italian Constitutional Charter. A sheet of paper that had been both torn out and moved by a strong wind. Tarnished by both clear and undefined stains that represent the clumsy and dangerous attempt to prevent the fulfillment of the fundamental principles, modifying its subsequent sections. The work has been placed as the connection between the series “What Remains of the Development” and “The Short Term Governs the World”.









The photos in this gallery are by Maddalena Vestrella.

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The Grand Arches of the Fraternité, dedicated to Thomas Sankara

It’s a tree that has almost been uprooted and dried up by the negligence of mankind and climate’s hostility. The tree bends, it pulls, it almost breaks as it tries to touch the floor with its branches and becomes, anthropomorphically, a body (like Sankara’s), supposedly lifeless. But from that body, from those branch-arms that pierce through the dry earth, like marcot, stems a new plant. A monument dedicated to an African man who indicated the direction of development, not only to his own people, but beyond. He was born in Upper Volta and died in Burkina Faso in an attack carried out by the Western authorities.

In 1983, the year in which Sankara became president, construction began in Paris for the “Grande Arche de la Fraternité”, a monument dedicated to humanitarian ideals which concluded with its inauguration in 1989, two years after the assassination of Sankara. The work is a controversial reflection on how the rich world, in particular the western world, perceives freedom, fraternity and equality among humankind. Today, the “Grande Arche de la Fraternité”, perhaps due to a subconscious sense of embarrassment, is known as the “Grande Arche de la Défense”, and it’s the largest business district in Europe. It connects the series “Saving Oneself from Shipwreck” and “What Remains of the Development”.

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The Venus of Palestine

This work connects the series “Resisting Beyond” and “Saving Oneself from Shipwreck”. It is dedicated to the civilians who died at war. The body of a woman in Palestine, land that has not seen peace in a long time. A body wrapped in a distorted, metal shroud that covers her face and pierces her stomach. A body laid on an altar which too had been violated. A body that emits a sense of sensuality in the meaning “a desperate vitality”.



The first photo of the gallery is by Afra, the others are by Massimiliano Ruta.

Connecting Work

Black Flag in a Suspended Cage

A flag is not a flag if it doesn’t move freely in the wind. This black flag, coloured with the colours of anarchy, the highest and most utopian ideal of freedom, is desperately waving solely in its memory. Closed in a cage that, on the contrary, it can only move by following only a few routes that have been defined and imposed by mechanisms studied specifically to allow simple and limited degrees of freedom. This work is the knot that ties the series “The Construction of Destruction” to “Resisting Beyond”.

Connecting Work

Metropolitan Ruins

“Metropolitan Ruins” connects the first series “The Social Animal” to the second series “The Construction of Destruction”. The ruins are remains of buildings that have been left standing, traces of the past, military events and natural disasters. They are wounded and crippled bodies. In a figurative sense they represent the remains of not only things but also of human beings and institutions.