Alberta Pane↧ Read
The third Venetian exhibition of Alberta Pane – a group show featuring works from Ismaïl Bahri, Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Paul Hage Boutros, Christian Fogarolli and Marco Godinho – was inspired by Giacomo Leopardi’s La ginestra (the broom). The poem is about a yellow flower that grows on the slopes of a volcano, a flower that spreads perfume and color on a black and lethal sole. However, when the volcano erupts, the frail and delicate flower is doomed to die, like the poet's attempts to educate this ruthless world.
We conceived this book as a limited edition of the poem, illustrated by the artist's pieces. We used a lightweight paper, which has two different finishes on the recto and verso, thin and delicate like the broom's petals, it features a transparency which exposes the images while reading the text. The latter is visually tainted by the images, creating the feeling that a "pure" and absolute reality cannot exist.
Photos: Marco Maria Zanin