“Where is my sacred?” – solo exhibition [Rome, 2018]

5th december 2018 – 14th january 2019
@ Fondazione Cerere, Rome.  Interview with  Art Tribune (in Italian).
Also a review apperead on Rivista Segno N° 217

Read the booklet here

Where is my sacred? is an itinerary through a set of three projects I ironically define “pop-hierophanies”, which addresse three traditional aspects of the sacred: faith, invocation, beauty.

“IS THERE CHOCOLATE INSIDE?” – [FAITH]
At the beginning of the itinerary, welcoming the visitor, stands a chromed frame enclosed by a Plexiglas screen, containing a series of 18 Ritter Sport Minimeter tube-packs in the center of which is placed a Russian icon depicting the Christ Pantocrator, Multicolored LED lights illuminate the inside, giving the work a supernatural aura. It is a reinterpretation of the “Edicola Sacra” (Sacred Shrine), whose internal elements symbolize the union of the incarnated Logos of the Cosmos (Christ Pantocrator) with human desire (chocolate). The artist thus addresses the concept of faith by asking the spectator a provocative question.

ORACULAR SKULLPTURES – [INVOCATION]
The main core of the exhibition is the Oracular Skullptures series, 10 animal skulls lacquered in pastel colors with golden details, between the sacred and the profane: the glossy surface recalls the spray painting of cars, giving the skulls a “toyish-look”; at the same time, the skulls look like magical creatures, astral beings from outer space or other worlds. These objects evoke the power and spirit of the animal reconnecting mankind with the natural world – instinctive, unconscious – and the transcendent.

“BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD” – [BEAUTY]
At the end of the “hieratic path”, a 3D cardboard print of the Venus e Milo (created by NextMaterlias LTD from Milan) stands as a totem awaiting for the visitor. The statue is covered with medical bands like it was wounded, except of the head, the heart and the venter, illuminated by LEDs. The intent is to show the idea behind the famous statement by Prince Myskin in Dostoevsky’s The idiot: « Beauty will save the world ». On the body of the goddess, and on the back wall, a video montage will show the goodand evilof the world – redeemed by the silent epiphany.

The intent is to recall the tremendum, the maiestas, the mysterium fascinans of this terrifying and irrational experience, but also all-encompassing and full of wonder: the sacred. Hence the title of the exhibition:

“Where is my sacred?”
And so – dear visitor – where is yours?

Ph. Priscilla Benedetti