Alfredo Romano | Feritoie – Rammendi, L’eternità è il contrario dell’estinzione | Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture
FERITOIE – RAMMENDI | L’eternità è il contrario dell’estinzione
OPENINGS – MENDINGS | Eternity is the opposite of extinction
On Saturday 23rd June, from 8 p.m., Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture, will be inaugurating the art exhibition “OPENINGS – MENDINGS Eternity is the opposite of extinction” by the Italian artist Alfredo Romano, in the framework of the Synikismos Festival. This year’s first part of the Synikismos Festival focuses on the refugee issue, a key European issue of our times, which at the same time constitutes the foundation of the collective memory of the Synikismos. Alfredo Romano’s work intends to complement these concerns with new works that were conceived during his visit to Eleusis and with earlier works, which were presented on the occasion of the exhibition “Angelis suis mandavit de te” at the European Cultural Center of Delphi and the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens. He focuses on the drama of immigration, loss and hunger, which is inherent in the Mediterranean culture. Romano is inflaming the trauma, the pain, the memory of uprooting, and inevitably points to the current migration crisis. Migration and distinctness are concepts that are identical to the historical and mythological past of Eleusis.
The artist states the following:
“My contact with Eleusis has been particularly moving. I have always been fascinated by this magical place, which recalls myths and mysteries.
This project presents, apart from the Deaf repast, the KN-OTS and the Linen with abstracts of poems by Arab poets in Sicily in the 1200’s, new installations specifically made for this place. I find interesting the possibility that this occasion offers, to communicate new works that I created for Eleusis, along with the older ones. The works interconnect through common focus topics, such as the complexity of the current historic situation, hunger, existential malaise. An ideal, meaningful central axis is the invisible line on which most of the works are lined up; at the eye-level, at the look-level height.
The KN-OTS create recalling images through sound. The chairs are presences which can be also heard, apart from seen.
The cups are hung on the wall and covered with black linen; a repressed scream referring to the Deaf repast. They symbolize the repast of our community, which is unable of reacting, growing up, enduring, loving.
The grabbers, which return to the place the drama of the displaced in an effort of regaining the dramatic feelings that are interwoven with our Mediterranean culture, express the strength of a voice taking shape. They recall the point of fracture, the limit as a dramatic beginning. The skin between the grabbers clearly refers to the body and the wound.
The small scythes with white linen refer to violence, conflict, narrow minds and, at the same time, to the effort of eliminating the ferocity of human behavior. The white color points to the annihilation, the expiation, the disintegration of every ugliness, every pain.
The marbles are dedicated to Eleusis; a tribute to a place full of beauty, mystery and sacredness. They are covered with skin and golden satin. These are Mediterranean
marbles. They refer to the notion of eternity, completely contrary to the notion of extinction. They are placed along a horizontal line which crosses the room.
The white linen, interwoven with golden thread, quote abstracts of Arab poets’ poems. The mendings of the linen are thin, confessing a dynamic effort to restore, to reunite.
The papers, a collection of sheets; codes of communication, mentalities, memories, written down on scraps of imaginary, limitless sheets. Voice and breath, abstracts of an open diary (texts, notes, words, photographs, poems, flashes of memory). Moments of a journey in time, space and history. Between revelation and concealment, light and shadow, eternity and extinction, preservation and disintegration.”
Alfredo Romano was born in Syracuse, where he currently lives and works. Since 1985 he has participated in many personal and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad. His works have been presented in many public and private collections, in museums and at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi. His work, represented by the historic Galleria Giorgio Persano of Torino, has been the focus of attention of some of the most important art critics in Italy, such as Achille Bonito Oliva, Francesco Gallo, Giovanni Iovane and Enzo Fiametta.
Opening dates and hours:
The exhibition opens on 23rd June 2018, after 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will run until 30th September 2018. In the summer, the exhibition will be closed from 20th July to 28th August. The opening hours are the following: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 20:00, Saturday 11:00 – 16:00, Friday 11:00 – 14:00.
Venue: The Cultural Center of the Municipality of Eleusis “Leonidas Kanellopoulos” Address: 1st Entrance: 37, Dragoumi Str., Eleusis Bay and 2nd Entrance: 48 Charilaou Str. – Eleusis Bay