The Rivers of Dust exhibition is a visual and sound journey through which three contemporary artists interpret the imagery of a territory, as it emerged from the literature that narrated them and transmitted them to today’s generations: the images of the territory surrounding the exhibition find space in a contemporary art exhibition that involves the senses to investigate them, through suggestive stimulations and powerful, atavistic symbols.
In the space of the Hypogea in Piazza San Francesco, spiritual and underground, an art exhibition takes shape made of conceptual and material works that transmit the echo of the city as propagated in Italy thanks to literature: Cosima Montavoci’s Vanitas, sculpted in bread, seem to evoke the return to the dust of which the baroque poet Tomaso Stigliani generously tells; while the installation Fogli Caduti by Claudio Beorchia reminds us of the images of “Nuovi Campi Elisi” by Leonardo Sinisgalli.
Nicola di Croce’s sound art, echoing free in space, naturally seems to reflect the elusive and mythological world of Mariolina Venezia, mysterious and dramatic, pervaded with an ancient silence, which is reflected in the inhabitants, and conceals a second mythological face.
The exhibition aims to spur a reflection on the participatory construction of the imaginary of a territory, using contemporary art as a powerful vehicle of meaning, starting from the creation of content parallels between the territory of Matera and the territory of the North East that extends from the Julian Alps to the Piave river, with a particular focus on the events of the First World War that took place there.
The B#Side War project, supported by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, will be recounted in a guided tour with the artist Claudio Beorchia, author of “Fogli Caduti”, inspired by a work that unifies, from an experience born in FVG, is planned a memory “at risk of disappearance” that concerns all the country.
At the Hypogea of San Francesco, Matera, 12th July 2019
Free guided tours available on reservation (booking is recommended: +375 5532009)