Gaia Di Lorenzo

Roma (1991)

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Gaia Di Lorenzo, Temmatemenetè. Pietramontecorvino (FG), Puglia. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis e Galleria Continua. Ph. Christian Mantuano

The artist will realize a site-specific work in the village of Pietramontecorvino, in Apulia. She constructs her works by superimposing seemingly distant levels of meaning passing from painting to sculpture and incorporating text, sketches and digital prints. Her subjects come from social media images, likewise from antiques and works of art and her colleagues. Among her most recent exhibits exhibitions, we mention: ‘We contain each other (Breve storia di una spugna)’, ADA, Rome in 2019 and ‘Sitting Amongst’, Jupiter Woods art organization, London, in 2018. For more info: www.ada-project.it/gaia-di-lorenzo/. Her Elpis collaborator is Bruno Barsanti.

«It is reassuring that every place, person or culture has a ritual dedicated to the suspension of obligations and the subversion of orders. I just want to bring them back to light, remember them. I focused on two fundamental elements of these occasions in Pietramontecorvino: that of the threshold and that of a-moral songs, the Sciàmbule».

the exhibition

Temmatemenetè

curated by Bruno Barsanti

Temmatemenetè is a widespread intervention in Terravecchia, the ancient village of Pietramontecorvino. The title – a plausible translation of which is «I would kill you, but I don’t feel like it» – coincides with the refrain of a sciàmbule, a form of traditional song widespread in some villages of the Dauni Mountains, practiced on a precarious swing made with a fire log suspended by a rope at the front door of the houses. Handed down exclusively in oral form, the sciàmbule were only sung during the week of Carnival. They allowed a temporary overturn of established hierarchies, customs and the morals in force, conveying from time to time forbidden messages and feelings of love, disdain or pain.
The idea of a physical and symbolic threshold is at the center of the intervention by Gaia Di Lorenzo, whose main focus is the entrance door to the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace. Here the artist installs a large aluminum curtain that recalls the traditional fly-screens widespread in the villages of the South (scendelille in the local dialect), surmounted by an inlaid wooden crossbar on which the phrase Temmatemenetè is engraved. This action of decontextualizing a typically popular element has the effect of projecting the entire courtyard into an unusual domestic interior dimension. To echo the main installation, other fly-screens in the alleys and squares of Terravecchia transform the passages and doors of abandoned houses. They and the wind – a constant presence in the village – are entrusted with words and messages that resurface from a distant time and give new life to the sciàmbule.

Outdoor installations, free access.

the village

Pietramontecorvino, Puglia

41°32’33.4″N 15°07’43.4″E

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Gaia Di Lorenzo, Temmatemenetè. Panoramic view of Pietramontecorvino (FG), Puglia. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis e Galleria Continua. Ph. Christian Mantuano

Pietramontecorvino is a village of 2,700 residents in Apulia in the province of Foggia, which is 40km away. Holding an Orange Flag certification from the Touring Club, it is located in the Subappennino Dauno, and the old town, known as «Terravecchia», retains much of its original medieval architectural features, with tuff houses. The Torre Normanna, the Matrice church, and the Ducal Palace form a monumental complex at the top of the spur.

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