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Italia Nostra of Luca Carra

C'E' ACQUA SU MARTE (2008) 35X35Whenever I get the chance to, especially in the winter, I like to stroll along the beach of Sori, near Genova and amuse myself by throwing flat stones in an attempt to make them bounce on the water while my kids are enjoying themselves looking for things which the sea has brought back to shore. This kind of treasure-hunt hardly ever leaves you disappointed. It just so happened that my daughter once found a precious coin from the days of the Roman Empire which could be made into a necklace thanks to a little hole in the middle of it. Or take that wonderful vertebras which seemed to have belonged to a dinosaur, which my son found, these finds were treasured and taken care of as if they had been precious amulets.

Little did it matter that the coin wasn’t really worth anything or that our monster’s vertebra was nothing but someone’s leftovers, a bone which had had its meat washed off by the salty water. On the beach of Sori -more than on any other beach, to tell you the truth- you can even find emeralds (rounded bottle pieces), lapis lazuli (smoothened fragments of tiles), kryptonite (Bakelites of old toys), tinplates, and loads of stray limbs of wood. Marillina Fortuna’s assemblages appears to be results of this sort of “treasure hunts”.

Only somebody who knows how to appreciate the value of what can be found along the shore, would go after these daily gifts from the sea. Picking them alone is a form of art. But the experience with which she assembles them into fish, flowers and various abstract themes, enchants and impresses me. So the Mediterranean sea is also this: an enormous scrap-yard which by waving and rocking brings us back fragments of rejects which have, over time, been ennobled by the salt and the wind, and not to forget by these crazy treasure hunters. Italia Nostra wanted to give its patronage to this exhibition as it’s so difficult to find art which brings up the issue of environment to without being tedious moralists.

aquae2010 (2)The junk collection avoids the risk of this problem by having no didactic purpose. Marillina’s works tell us, with delicacy, what our sea has become, but with the irony of who knows how to elevate scrap-material to something fantastic. Besides this exhibitions works and installations, we’ll be telling you something about the future, regarding the Mediterranean countries, as a consequence of the change of climate, affecting the chemistry, before its fauna-how the landline facing the sea will change- its agriculture, the tourism, the economy and how its people will be affected, “like many croaking frogs”, to quote Platone’s words- “crowd on this, always more vulnerable “pond”

Luca Carra

President of Italia Nostra Milano

 

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