installation by Roberto Ghezzi, curated by Erika Lacava
The proposal of an installation of a site-specific work by the artist from Cortona, Roberto Ghezzi, stems from the communion of intentions between his artistic research and the mission of the festival: to enhance the landscape in all its diversity, to experience the landscape without intrusions, in a natural dimension to be rediscovered.
Roberto Ghezzi's work has for years focused on the a-conflictual encounter between man and nature, in which the artist lends nature his tools: a canvas, in a non-metaphorical sense, a blank support prepared by him and installed in the place chosen for the "creation". Here the artist lets nature "work" in time, with the long times that characterise the natural cycle of things. A dimension in which Man and the Environment enter into a profound and original connection.
An unusual collaboration in which the landscape leaves its mark on the work through the debris carried by the water, the wind, the impression of the sun and the plant pigment, the rubbing of the water as it passes.
This project has taken the artist all over the world, from Alaska to Iceland, South Africa, Norway, Tunisia and Patagonia.
On these journeys, from these encounters, the artist collects seeds, leaves, branches, stolen fragments of landscape through which the memory of the journey can be reconstructed: small amulets of time and place to transport us back to the elsewhere. The natural materials, collected in different landscapes of Italy and the world, are then stabilised and reassembled inside small cubic Plexiglas boxes, each 5-10 cm in size, with the GPS coordinates of the collection point on the bottom.
The site-specific installation created by Roberto Ghezzi in the Hall of Jurists consists of about thirty of these works, called "Little Worlds", illuminated with led lights and laid on a flame-retardant black fabric: material objects in which nature represents itself without mediation.
Transposing them together in a place, close to each other, to recall journeys and distant lands, is like carrying out a small operation of cosmogony: it is generating an imaginary landscape from scratch, ideal and universal, formed by fragments of reality.