paesi vari, 2011
cut-outs, series of 18, 20 x 20 cm
Lands, regions: existing, no longer existing, wanting to exist. “Paesi vari” are fragments of a larger reality or memory. These 18 cutouts of maps were taken from an old encyclopedia. Removed from their context we are no longer able to discern their provenance. Cut-outs derive from a practice of digression, where the mind is free to wander and open to a chance to happen. Following perimeters, cutting along boundary lines, flipping and showing their reverse, new territories are suddenly created.
These colourful cut-outs may cross multiple regions, or be filled by solid fragments of oceans or waters. Each image creates a new space and frontier, inviting us to reflect on what these colourful shapes represent. These constructed realities of “places” that signify not only physical space but historical and socio-political identities that can be defined and redefined and at each phase abstracted to form some new world or territory. Paesi vari might be called an attempt of the discovery of the antipodes, an unannounced research that culminates in the discovery of its unprecedented proximity.