SACER ESTO – Special exhibition of the canvas “Reeducation”, by Mircea Ciutu @ the Atelier Montez (Rome, Italy)
Vernissage: April the 6th, 2018, 18.30 h (@Atelier Montez, via di Pietralata 147/A, Roma)
They are sacred men, the lost and estranged young people represented by Mircea Ciutu in its giant canvas “Reeducation”: an artist who carries within himself, profoundly, the echo of his own land history. Born in 1989, at the end of the cruel dictatorship of Ceausescu, Ciutu preserves a vivid collective memory, which represents, as a constant, in his work.
The figures of “Reeducation” are sacer hominies, bearers of bare life, no right and no duty, creatures wandering waiting for someone, anyone, to take away even the only nude life they still possess. There is no penalty for those who kill the homo sacer: the sacrality, or curse in archaic Rome, becomes the sacredness of the victims of every conflict or tyranny.
In the former Roman outskirts of Pietralata, now attracted by the centripetal motion of a capital that grows day by day, diversifing itself and becomes globalized, the artwork will be presented at the Atélier Montez: a regenerated industrial architecture that has become a space for artistic aggregation.
Reeducation, a mighty canvas, will be exhibited in this context: the blade of a secular altar that contains and fuses the contradiction of the sacred and the accursed, incorporating a poly-focal perspective on the Romanian dictatorship into gesture painting and its high pastas.