LAMPEDUSA / THE OTHER MEMORY by CAZZANIGA and MANENTI

27/01/2015
LAMPEDUSA / THE OTHER MEMORY by CAZZANIGA and MANENTI
January 27th. International Holocaust Remembrance Day
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
“Sciatu Persu” by Laura Cazzaniga. Photograph courtesy of Giacomo Nicola Manenti and Laura Gazzaniga
On January 27th the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated. Laura Cazzaniga and Giacomo Nicola Manenti decided to celebrate it by travelling to Lampedusa [Italy], in order to narrate the island’s memory, made up of stories of migrations, confinement, imprisonment.

These two artists' works openly refer to the central themes of migration and the historical memory of the island, that during Mussolini’s regime was used as a “prison” for political internees.

Many anarchists have been exiled there, including Errico Malatesta, who then managed to escape to the Tunisian coast.

Laura Cazzaniga's work: “Sciatu Perso. Omaggio a Malatesta, ai confinati, agli evasi”. [“Sciatu Persu. Homage to Malatesta, to the internees, to the escapees”] refers to this event. “Sciatu Persu”, which in Sicilian means “Lost Breath”, is also the name of a section of the island’s coastline, where the artist decided to intervene with a site-specific installation, carried out in a cave.

A copious number of threads descends from the stony wall, to recreate some “bars”, much softer and more voluptuous in the effect, as they follow the rocky conformation's variable flow.

At the edge of a peak, just above the cave, Giacomo Nicola Manenti placed his work “Due angeli” [“Two Angels”], consisting of two beached logs lying in an iron cage. Manenti also intervened on a White cliff in front of Rabbit Island, a very evocative place, where he put 200 paper sheets, with ...read more

MANENTI

Giacomo Nicola Manenti (1955), artist and climber, is one of the founders of gruppo Koinè,  established in 1995 in Milan.

CAZZANIGA

Laura Cazzaniga (1981), currently living in Spain. She studied at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera-Milan with Luciano Fabro and attended Vito Acconci's studio. She collaborates since 2007 with gruppo Koinè and since 2009 with the multidisciplinary collective Escuela Moderna/Ateneo Libertario.