Prelievi H3/X/Y classe E (Pettino, L’Aquila)
I wanted to try combining the architectural ‘stacco’ and ‘strappo’ (rip-and-detachment restoring technique of fre- scoes), reconnecting to a historical, social and cultural
necessity to preserve memory. I am speaking about a recent kind of memory, a contemporary one, a memory that belongs to everyone, that is collective, of those who lived in the suburbs of L’Aquila, the parts that had been most recently built in the city, and yet the ones that were stricken the hardest.This is why I went to L’Aquila trying to “save” some construction memories that for some of us are already history, as it should be for everyone.
The choice to present a triptych (here it is displayed only one particular of the hole piece) communicates with both the traditional and modern Medieval painting traditions along with L’Aquila’s strong symbolism drenched in religion, paganism and mysticism. Number 99 (a multiple of 3) particularly recurs in every corner of the city: 99 fountains, squares, churches, bell tolls, etc...This is a legend, more than a historical certainty, a belief that the inhabitants of L’Aquila diffused by word of mouth, and that will increasingly tend to disappear given the current closure of the historical centre: that common space in which the cultural imaginary of a population lives and develops.