LIVING (A Charmed Life)
May 7, 2011
Embassy of Italy in Washington
The Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, is pleased to present in its own Hall Piazza Italia, during the European Union Embassies’ Open House Day, a site specific installation by the artist Andrea Bianconi, entitled “ Living (A Charmed Life)”, which narrates the history of Italy for the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification.
The time views as a collection of messages, which made up history.
Bianconi resolved the issue with a basic, highly scenographic structure of great impact that is the intercessor of small messages entrusted to objects that cross history, our history of Italy.
The installation looks like a huge circle chandelier, from which, like a waterfall, 150 knotted strings, ropes, and countless objects are materialized.
The objects are chosen by the artist for their unification direction; at the first view, they may represent nothing, from unworked but highly evocative material which, when combined with material of narrative value, create that spark of understanding the viewer particularly appreciates.
In fact, Bianconi’s works must not only be viewed but also lived as an experience of the present and the past.