Saturday 8 September, in Piazza Grande in Palmanova, I will participate – with the Tavola delle Sirene – in “Il Mare a Palmanova”, dinner in blue for the 40 years of the law 180, co-organized by Consorzio Il Mosaico and the City of Palmanova, in collaboration with creaa, A+AUD and with the patronage of the Healthcare Company 2, Bassa Friulana, Isontina.
It will be an opportunity to dine with friends on the same or other wavelengths, sharing the experiences related to the direct attendance of the years of Basaglia in Gorizia between 1966 and 1972, to relive and cultivate again, with joy and gratitude, the imprinting of freedom that still animates Sheren’s art/life journey.
“Nascita di Venere..1484 è 2018″, cm 9,5×25,5 was painted by Laura Cristin in February 2018 on a little board – rescued from the wood-shed – that had served to test the marine colours (in the Nineties) for bigger paintings. The self-portrait on the left is taken from a photo of the performance “Healing in London” at the Kingsley Hall (September 2017) set in the atmosphere of the birth of Venus painted by Botticelli in 1484.
On Friday, August 3rd, at Synesthesia Festival in Mondolfo (PU), la Notte Bianca will take place from 7 pm till 2 am. Sheren will recreate a living and participatory installation starting with a metaphorical sea as an open space to navigate in the waves of Love. Starting from the sunset, Sheren’s fluctuating and collaborative presence/installation will take shape and life. One can contribute to the en/chantment by shaking, for example, sachets of sugar like sticks-of-rain, wetting the feet, sharing something Sherenesque or in other sensitive ways suggested by free imagination. At times, SherenaDa (in mp3) by Dario Della Rossa will help along with other tracks on the same wavelengths.
Full program at https://www.facebook.com/events/478116239283620/497590010669576/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity¬if_id=1532674390234530
Clockwise: 13: sentimental B.day installation with mailart received from Joel Cohen; 14: Natalia receiving from my mum the diary of my grandma Angela at ADN of Pieve Santo Stefano (Arezzo) – incidentally, Fumis Angela was born on 10 June and died on 17 June 1968 – ; 15: standing at the entrance of the Archive of Diaries; 14: donation of my (art)diaries LC (also containing CG) and ST to Archivio Diaristico Nazionale – incidentally ST that stands for Standards (Tarot paintings) can also stand for Saverio Tutino who founded the Archive and ‘created’ the myth of Che Guevara (born on 14 June) in Italy – ; 27: with Sticker Dude Banana Cake (new receipe) in connection with the reunion of Grateful Dead in Santa Clara (California); 21 (12:07 Summer Solstice): attending the meeting “tra pari” at CSM of Parco Basaglia in Gorizia.
In 2018 many anniversaries occur, such as the 40th from Basaglia’s law #180 (May 1978) and of my marriage (February 1978), the 50th from my trip to Bandiera Gialla (January 1968) in Rome with the psychologist Letizia Comba. This June, special coincidances took place around my B.day. The above card can reveal/explain more. Though, the core of it is only detectable by heART!
Clockwise: “LoveS” VI standard 2009, “Wonderbookcase” oil on glass 1987, detail of velella in ensign XII “(la) vie” 2015, page from the diary “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-’16”.
From 10 to 15 April 2018, in Verbania, at Villa Giulia, on the lakeside of Pallanza, there will be the third week of “Le Stanze delle Meraviglie Wunderkammern”. The event is curated by Marisa Cortese for the association Siviera, with the patronage of the Municipality.
The “Stanza dei Tarocchi come tra-s-formazione” is a contribution of mine for Room number 12, set up in the corridor of the first floor.
Vernissage : Tuesday, April 10th at 5:30 pm
Visiting hours of all the exhibitions: every day from 3 to 7 pm
Talk-participatory-performance about the Tarots: Thursday April 12th, from 5 to 6 pm, in the hall of the reception room.
THE TAROT ROOM. A selection of Tarot ensigns manufactured since 2004, will be exhibited. These are painted on (disposable) blue textile, with the primal intent to fix the emotions felt during the performances as Sheren. Similar to the scroll paintings of the Tibetan tangka, in the end, they have turned to be mostly, pages from a diary of my art/life. With the attempt to give a temporary order to the turmoil of the soul, each of the Arcana has been re-invented with free spirit and a pinch of irreverence. In handmaking them, never I felt obliged to start from the Tarot # 1, nor to plan to complete the series of 22. The whole path of ensigns/standars so far produced, appear to me as a sort of roadmap to enlightment. The selection chosen for Verbania reveals neverending transformations from chrysalis to butterfly (VI “LoveS”, IX, XV and XVIII of the Irish triptych, in particular). It recalls sea voyages among the dolphins and the velelle velelle coming from the Ocean to the Mediterranean. If beached, the latter – aka “By the Wind Sailors” – dye the shores in blue. A velella – recreated in white organza – rests on Standard XII, renamed “(la) vie”, which is the remake of an optical color changer used during the Great War to communicate in Morse, where there was no electricity.These revisited Arcana speak of the attitude of “looking at the sky, feet on the ground”, reminding of journeys in the past times, that the full immersion in the dimension of heART makes us feel still close.
TALK-PARTICIPATORY-PERFORMANCE. On the occasion of the interactive meeting of Thursday, April 12 (17-18 pm), the Tarot ensigns of Room 12 will be temporarly moved in the hall of the reception. Before any talk about them, the Standards will be re-lived, re-animated and re-discovered with those who will like to take part. An original karaoke with the Music composed by Dario Della Rossa will occur. Guest of honor: the original DIARY “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-16”. My grandmother wrote it in “… Intra e Pallanza due belle cittadelle… ” as a refugee from Staranzano, North East of Italy. Soon the original diary will be donated to Archivio Diaristico Nazionale of Pieve Santo Stefano (AR).
Beside, some significative and inspirational objects met along the Tarot way – such as the rain stick or the EVA Mariposa butterfly – will attend the meeting.
Books of “Memorie di Fumis Angela” will also be available (transcribed and printed in 2016, online edition http://memoriediangela.alicepaviotti.com), as well as some artist books “ST”, featuring my diary/memoir 2017 about the Tarots as STandards and ways of tran-s-formation.
… and the story goes on
“go-cart VCE-LDN”, alias VII Tarot. Clockwise: “ShirEn on gondola” and “looking from pink curtains” masks made in 2003, disc OB-LA-DI’-OB-LA-DA’ revisited 1968-2016, “il terapeuta..1962è2017” and “Totem 2004-2008-2017” acrylic on wood 2017, textile panel in jeans and tulle. At the side, details of the ensign.
In September 2017 I will be in London, at the LOONIES FEST – Creating Healing Lunacy – in Kingsley Hall. The one day event of Saturday 9th (10am-10pm) includes Exhibitions, Performances, Poetry and a panel discussions.
The Private View for the “Survivors Stories”, a visual art group exhibition, is on Tuesday 5th (5-7pm), finissage on 19 th September. The Fest is run by FEEL (Friends of East End Loonies) and it is about mental health from the point of view of those who are often silenced by the system. Web page and full program at http://friends-of-east-end-loonies.blogspot.it/p/loonies-fest.html
Kingsley Hall Community Centre, Powis Rd, London E3 3HJ
My participations at the Fest, from the 5th to the finissage of 19th September relate to the frequentation, together with my family, to the Asylum in Gorizia (Italy) during Basaglia’s years (1962-72), ‘important imprinting’ of freedom for the courses of my art/life. The Fest offers a precious opportunity to go on with the ‘recovery tour’ started last year in Rome; a chance to immerse my autobiography in meaningful stories and places, so that to bring out something that can be shared and further developed.
The textile panel “go-cart VCE-LDN” will be shown in the Survivors Stories. It refers to the 7 th card of the Tarots, that deals with the body of the anima helping us in the human achievements. My work displays 2 gondola (masks) in place of the traditional Arcana #VII’s war-chariot. Basaglia – The Man who closed the Asylum (crf. J. Foot, Verso 2015) – was from Venice. San Clemente Asylum, closed in 1980, was also in its laguna. The disc OB-LA- DI, OB-LA-DA revisited 1968-2016 has to do with London and the Beatles and with the psychologist Letizia Comba, scholar of A. D. Laing. The painting “il terapeuta..1962è2017” included in the ensign, highlights the role of music.
“Healing in London” will be performed at the Loonies Fest on the afternoon Saturday 9th.
A panel discussion on the theme of the benefits and importance of the Arts as Healing Mediums will follow.
My action is a belated ‘thank you’ to Letizia Comba (1932-2000), psychologist in Basaglia’s team. As a teenager in difficulty, fifty years ago, I was “handed” to her care. She explored brand new ways to help me, with personal involvement/responsability, also accompaning me to Rome to attend “Bandiera Gialla” pop song radio program. Later I realized how precious have been the seeds received. I felt the task to guard them carefully and to cultivate them so that they had blossomed and fructified at the right time. Love can heal, can be a wave that caress, cuddle and support us. The action will re-create not-only- metaphorical-waves of memories in the original music composed by Dario Della Rossa. The gratitude is also for the many that donate their humanity and live through the daily practice of love, passion and freedom.
Last but not least, in and around Loonies Fest in London, I will fully explore the beauty and strenght of human relations, with old and new friend-artists, such as Dawn Redwood at aardverx. This fortnight 5-19 September will also serve for a fully immersion in U.K.’s mental health policies, comparing the state of the arts to the Italian ones.
Left to right clockwise: “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-1916″ book 2016; portrait of Angela1914, detail of Tarotensign XII (la)vie by Laura Cristin 2014-15 based on the optical signallers used in the Great War, photo of Angela’s 70 B.day on 10 June 1966 in San Pier d’Isonzo (Gorizia), page from the original diary.
In the last months some relatives-and-not had passed away. So it was good, last December, to have this “Memorie” – a diary of my grandma Angela– printed in 100 copies. According to the wish/interest of my mum Anna (the only daughter still alive), we were kept busy in the last two years, with the transcription of the text featuring the Great War in Staranzano (North-East of Italy) and the profuganza to Intra (Verbania) in 1915-16. The nephew Alice, for the great-grandmother, put it all through, along with my preface and some photo from the family album. This way, the memories will continue to travel. Some copies will be sent to relatives who emigrated in Brazil in 1923. By the way, they kept the original diary as a precious token from Italy, up to 1960.
More in the online version at this link:http://memoriediangela.alicepaviotti.com/
Main image on the left: Christmas Tree 2016
TOPs: pop-up card “Pirouettes” – Santa Claus pendant for “La Festa dei Cugini” 1992 – ‘Xmas tree top – Supermoon in Gabria (Gorizia) 13NOV2016 – starfish in “Re-vault” bust 2014-’16 – photo of my grandma from her diary “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-1916” – detail of “oisEAU” 1998 – selfie at City Lit in London 2016.
heARTs: TRIPtych for the Mothers of Capua 2016 – crib in Naples (San Giovanni Armeno) similar nativity scene (figurines) was sent to Dario1 – “Wunderhouse” oil on glass 1987 – “Pirouettes NEW” ball with Brunori Sas figurines – the garden of peace at Kingsley Hall in London.
BASE Foliage: detail of “Re-vault” in Gaeta (Latina) – Pulcinella tambourine in Naples – Rainbow Dash at aardverx in London – “OB-LA-DI’, OB-LA-DA” disc revisited 1968-2016 – at London Biennale opening in Rome with Raffaella Losapio and David Medalla – Kingsley Hall window.
TRUNKs: performance “hell-HEAL-hill” in Rome – Siren/dolphin fountain at Napoli Centrale – Reynolds and I in Rome after having painted on her heart – Olivetti writing ‘Xmas Carols 2016 – Afrodite “Pudica” at Archeological Museum in Naples – door-window at Kingsley Hall – baby hazel tree in “the field” of Bagnaria Arsa (Udine) similar photo was selected for the calender of the municipality (April).
This year, approaching Christmas, I gave myself many stories that poured out from the memories of people, things and situations met in the months gone by. Soon the recollections linked with the past and developed in dreams for the future. A not-so-tangible ‘Xmas tree took shape in my heART. Next step was to try to make all this visible for the most, before letting it go. The story began with buying an Advent Calendar that resembled the “Wunderhouse” painted in 1987. Saint Nicholas helped me to get four tickets at the front row for a concert in Udine on 2017/02/24. At Saint Lucy Day, I found a pop-up card with the musical instruments in a stationery shop. Revisiting it with figurines so to create new balls, was my favourite past time. Then I sent it out so somebody else could play with it and invent brand new stories. Choosing the decorations for the annual Christmas tree was an apotheosis of memories, not to mention the supermoon of December that crowned it all! This © hristmas Carol is not for sale, but perhaps everybody can create his/her own moment of happyness, being inspired by the selection of trunks, basic foliage, hearts or tops of my tree.
October is always a special time for me: memories are revived and take new shapes and perspectives. This year, two main trips occurred: first “Re-vault sTRIP” – already printed in limited editions as a paper-triptych – was sent worldwide in the mailart “calisthenics for the soul”. Second one was the making of “Twin Mother from Udine to Capua”. It’s a portable altar on handmade paper, based on the memory of a 1994 painting dedicated to my mother, enriched with some calligraphic writing at the sides. It will be sent shortly to the Museo Provinciale Campano of Capua, for an exhibition at the Matres Matutae room. All this comes to my mind after having baked a delicious apple cake, that I sprinkled on top with the content of five sugar packets brought from Naples as a keepsake!
“Re-vault sTRIP”, 3 pages leporello cm 10,5 x 29,6, with antefacts and developments of Re-vault, 22 copies in English and 22 in Italian, story on one side and illustrations on reverse, 2016
On San Gennaro Day, I had 22 copies – in English and just as many in Italian – of “Re-vault sTRIP” printed. The instant book consists of a 3 pages leporello, written on one side and fully illustrated on reverse. It’s about the prior history that led to “Re-vault” textile bust, performance and the developments after August 30th. Among these, a selfportrait in Naples, together with a ‘real’ Sheren.
The sTRIPs will soon be sent to mailartists worldwide.
Poster of “A Corpo Libero” tribute for Goliarda Sapienza in Gaeta, August 30th, 2016.
Card with details of the jeans textile bust “Re-vault”, h 75 cm, mixed tecniques, 2014-’16. Clockwise: Siren’s filling – front view with the moon and the constellation of Scorpio (Antares), uterus and anemones – dolphen, moon and starfish in the back.
On August 30th 2016, in Gaeta (Latina, Italy), from 19:30, at the Terrazza Borbonica in via Bausan 1 (better known as Punta dello Stendardo) “A Corpo Libero”, a tribute for Goliarda Sapienza will take place.
The performance “Re-vault” closes the tribute at 21:00.
Immersed in a nocturnal vault approaching the new moon, a performance for Goliarda starts off. It happens from Gaeta sea, inhabited by Sirens, and so beloved by her.
« What I have thought for you and I will discover on the shore is not a lifeless bust of Sea and Sky. This textile bust/pillow is meant to attract the traces of your memories, fleeting for the most but well evident to the heart of many. It perfumes of liberty and joy and I have named it “Re-vault”, aka Arcana XVI. Once filled with our affinities, with veils/waves along with consonant tunes, it will become a soft pillow to cuddle the revived memories of you. A sort of calisthenics for the soul will take place on August 30th, 2016, exactly twenty years after your departure from this physical world. Forever in our heARTs ».
Laura Cristin Sheren
musics by Dario Della Rossa
Link of “A Corpo Libero”: http://pinacotecagaeta.it/a-corpo-libero-tributo-a-goliarda-sapienza-1926-1996-a-cura-di-stefania-scattina/