OCTOBER 1994 - STOCKHOLM

 

THE REMAINS OF THE LADY IN BREAD "LA DONNA DI PANNE"
WERE -LATE THAT NIGHT- CAREFULLY TRANSPORTED BACK TO GIUDECCA
DROVEN TO MILANO AND FLEWED TO STOCKHOLM
THESE REMAINING PIECES OF 'LA DONNA' WERE (ARE) VERY CHARGED
EVERYBODY THAT LOOKED AT THEM, EVEN NOT KNOWING THE BACKGROUND,
GOT VERY TOUCHED AND HAD A COMPULSIVE NEED TO CRY
WHEN ASKED TO GUESS WHAT THEIR ORIGINS WERE
WE ALWAYS GOT THE SAME ANSWER:
REMAINS OF
A MAYA OR INCA MUMMY SMUGGLED FROM SOUTH AMERICA
RELICS OF A SAINT OR SOME HOLY PERSON STOLEN IN ITALY
A PIECE OF AN ANCIENT HUMAN RELATIVE STOLEN FROM A MUSEUM
BUT NO DOUBT ABOUT IT
IT ONCE WAS A HUMAN BEING
NO CULTURE NO ART NO ARTEFACT
FAMILY
THEY SHOULD BE IN A MUSEUM:
PUBLIC PROPERTY
THEY DESERVE JUSTICE
THEY ARE RELICS
RELIQUIAS
SO
 

WE DID THE BOXES
AND PLACED THEM
ON A SOFT BED
THAT WOULD TAKE THEM
TO THE FUTURE
BUT SOMETHING WAS MISSING:
TO RE-ACT THE ACTION
     

TO CLOSE THE CIRCLE WE ORGANISED A SHOW IN STOCKHOLM

- CALLED THE VENICE OF THE NORTH -
WHERE THE RELIQUIAS WERE GOING TO BE EXHIBITED FOR A LAST TIME

FOR A CULTURAL AUDIENCE

 

IN A GALLERY SPACE WE BUILT A ROOM WITHIN the ROOM made OF SILK PAPER

THAT COVERED THE CEILING AND THE WALLS WITHOUT TOUCHING them

SUSPENDED IN THE AIR

 

A PICTURE OF "LA DONNA" ALSO IN SILK PAPER WAS HANGING IN THE MIDDLE

IMPEDING THE VIEW OF THE BOXES FROM THE ENTRANCE

THE FLOOR WAS COVERED WITH BREAD

 

NOW
TO MAKE A SYMMETRY
WE BAKED BIRDS IN BREAD:
FAMOUS PIGEONS

 

 

CULTURAL CONSTRUCTIONS

 

 

BEFORE ENTERING THE RELIQUIAS ROOM

THE PEOPLE WAS INVITED TO EAT

BIRDS

BAKED IN BREAD

WHICH THEY INNOCENTLY DID

HUMANS EATING BREAD-BIRDS IN THE NORDIC VENICE

AND TO VIEW THE REMAINS OF WHAT HAPPENED IN VENICE

THEY HAD TO WALK ON BREAD

STEP ON IT SMASH IT

REPRODUCING THE OUTRAGE

OF VENETIAN HOOLIGANS

 

 

THE CIRCLE

WAS CLOSED

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