Biennale Internazionale Arte Plurale – Palazzo della Promotrice delle Belle Arti
Torino (12 November – 21 November 2009)
Plexiglass, paper, pigment and glue on hardboard.
Path and project summary (from the Biennale enrollment form)
First of all, the work's title: Quaquanana. Quaquanana is one of the few words that Gigliola says and like every synthetic language, it has many meanings. Quaquanana is a type love, a beautiful feeling that begins when two people meet each other, it's the Other one to whom Gigliola entirely goes towards without fear and censorship. Quaquanana is also the name of the strong bond that joined us during all these years, many of them daily spent together daily at the Centro Diurno “Aquilone”, where I worked for six years (till 2005).
Getting to know Gigliola was for me a proof, a certainty that I had to take myself and my view of the world seriously and also my existence that only occasionally and fearfully I let emerge. From that moment I started painting with authentic conviction and continuity. Our meeting again, for the work of Quaquanana, reechoed this experience. It is difficult for me to sum up such a strong experience in words, when it was the lack of words that characterized our encounters.
As for the project that we are presenting to you, I suggested to Gigliola to come to my studio and tell you about Quaquanana, and in particular to do it in the way it was for us; spontaneous and fun, entertaining each other, without introductions or explanations. So we met twice a week for a month. We couldn't have imagined what was going to happened before seeing the work of the each other. There was only the desire to experience a month of deep empathy, taking for granted that what would emerge, spontaneously, would be plausible and emotional. To confirm the resonance that emerges every time we meet, even the result of this new puzzle could not be symbolically clearer, “she gave voice and meaning to my research” (first part of the diptych, red hearts on paper) and “I represented a spokesman and a reply to her message” (second part of the diptych, acrylic and white scratches on plexiglass).
Quaquanana seemed to us perfectly represented from the beginning. Very satisfied we had a coffee and then we went out for a pizza.