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Meridiani | Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Francesco Arena, Chiara Camoni

23 February 2018

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Torino-Guarene, azione: cammino di 58km da Torino a Guarene, 2008. Courtesy: Collezione FRAC Piemonte, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Torino-Guarene, azione: cammino di 58km da Torino a Guarene, 2008. Courtesy: Collezione FRAC Piemonte, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin Chiara Camoni, Tra cielo e terra on-site visit, February 2018 Chiara Camoni, Tra cielo e terra on-site visit, February 2018 Chiara Camoni, Tra cielo e terra on-site visit, February 2018 Chiara Camoni, Tra cielo e terra on-site visit, February 2018 Francesco Arena, Novantatremiliardi di albe, 2016 Francesco Arena, Posatoi, 2014 Francesco Arena, Posatoi, 2014

Nomas Foundation is pleased to announce that the project Meridiani, supported by her affiliated society, GIA srl, is among the winner of the grant Arte sui Cammini. The initiative, issued by Regione Lazio, is devoted to the valorisation of the regional path of the Francigena Ways, through the realization of artworks.
Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Francesco Arena and Chiara Camoni develop Meridiani in three different artistic forms. Those artists, interpreting the theme of the path, produce new narrations about the sense of time and space, and about human relationships, civil life, common and individual consciousness, history stratification.

Giorgio Andreotta Calò’s Venezia-Roma will be a one-month long walking trip from Venice to Rome, along the Francigena way. This route cross vertically the central Italy from North to South, as a straight line: ideal meridian that connects the two cities. An action nourished by all the trails already covered by the artist and that, giving a semantic meaning to the path, transforms it into work of art. An immaterial artwork, an artist’s stance in the regard of the act of walking: the routes, the trails, the paths don’t exist abstractly, but only when people decide to cross them, as unique act, not repeatable, that invest the individual choices of profound meanings. Walking interpreted not only as motus, movement, but as though, faith, ideology.

Francesco Arena’s Monolite diviso e distante (113 km) will be a bronze monolithic sculpture, split in two parts. Each fragment will be installed along Francigena way, with a distance between them of 113 km. This length corresponds to the distance between the Tunisian coast and Lampedusa. The sea route from South to North, inverted if compared to the traditional Francigene, is traversed nowadays by migrants, who are the new pilgrims that cross the Mediterranean Sea. The two parts of the sculpture will be tear off one from another to testify the historical trauma of our times.

Chiara Camoni’s Tra terra e cielo will be a rest area for travellers by walk and by horse, imagined as a sort of observation and meditation point along the Northern Francigena way. A new oak will be planted to give a big shade on the rest area, conceived as a useful and discreet basement realized in local stone with a fountain and two vessels that will provide water to the travellers and animals. A monument devoted to the beauty of Italian landscape, an invitation to re-appropriation of time and space imposed by the act of walking (strong metaphor of the serial dimension), an anthropic space in dialogue with nature.


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