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VENICE, A FISH OUT OF WATER?

MARILLINA FORTUNA

VENEZIA, UN PESCE FUOR D’ACQUA?  “VENICE, A FISH OUT OF WATER?” LUGLIO 2010

immagine ITA-ENG per MARILLINA VENEZIA 2010A depicted Venice: recognizable, and yet wonderful (a fish, maybe a dancing harlequin in a lagoon). Free: as only a fish or an harlequin can be…or maybe about to be caught or “give itself in”…

Talking about the sea in Venice, to recount my sea…(always full of surprises and waste material to assemblage), in Venice. Venice hosting this exhibition! Talking with the consciousness of being close

to an error, simplifying this city using metaphors: words translating emotions which arouses. But there’s also the temptation to restore, as a tribute to its “inspirer”, “condenser” of concepts which are dear to me.

Venice as a synthesis of a journey across the Mediterranean  which seems to have found both a starting point as well as a point of arrival in this place. An initiation, a landmark or simply a symbolic place ‘of’ and ‘for’ excellence?

Venice, seems to me a demonstration of wonders created by man: a group of islands forming a single island, anchored in the mud of a lagoon thanks to petrified trunks forming its foundation. Compact and disorganized: almost a fortified city yet, at the same time, much fragile. Venice is probably the most ‘visited’ city in the world; and nonetheless so ‘full of secret’, so unexplored, so mysterious. As Tiziano Scarpa  says in his book –“ Venice is a fish” – inspirer to both the title of a work of art as well as the exhibition: “Getting lost, the only place where it’s worthwhile  going.” Maybe there’s nothing to add…

But Venice seems to me – this must be said in a ‘sea’ of doubts-, a clear metaphor for life: in its unique being, in its search, in its contradictions. As its ‘woman’ being. Woman not ‘female’, as another marvellous Mediterranean city…

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