Francesco

Arena

Torre Santa Susanna, 1978

Mare della tranquillità | 2013

Mare della tranquillità, 2013
(Metal, wood, performance)
cm 500x175x75
Foto: Martin Argyroglo
Courtesy: Galleria Monitor, Roma


An old domestic dining table has been cut into four pieces, each of which has become the corner of a much larger table measuring 5 long by 1.75 metres across and 75 centimetres high. The inserted section of the new table is in untreated dark metal.

In this way the private surface of a dining room table from a private dwelling – once the gathering place of a family – has been combined with the public surface of the table in Reims where, on May 7th 1945, the Germans signed their surrender. This table is evoked in its size, a large surface on which the destiny of Europe was decided and where its future geographical and cultural boundaries were drawn up. This work aims to reflect on how public decisions influence the lives of individual citizens.

Besides being a sculpture in its own right, the table is also the space where an action will be performed throughout the duration of the exhibition.
The title of this performance is? Superficie con linea, like the title of an abstract painting. In this case the performance will be the meeting point between two works, the table being the first and the second simply a pair of new shoes that have never touched the ground. For each of the 54 days of the exhibition a man will climb onto the table, put on the shoes and walk along the middle of the table from one extremity to another, all along the five metre length of the table, for 575 times. In this way, by the end of the 54 days of the exhibition the new shoes will have travelled exactly 155 kilometres, the length of the Berlin Wall, which stands as the most tangible visual – and highly symbolic – element that divided Europe in two at the end of the Second World War.

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