Agnese Spolverini

Viterbo (1994)

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Agnese Spolverini, Per riconoscerti nel buio, Abbateggio (PE), Abruzzo. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis e Galleria Continua. Ph. Andrea Fiordigiglio

The artist will realize a site-specific work in the village of Abbateggio, in Abruzzo.
Her work is based on a continuous game of displacement in respect to the objects of the world with which she relates. A sphere of emotions – with its complexity, confusion and fluidity – always acts as a vector of meanings in her installations. Graduated from the Fine Art Academy in Urbino, in 2020 she participated in «Supercall» in Pietrasanta, and in the 11th edition of the Combat Prize in Livorno, where she won the Artracker prize. Her Elpis collaborator is Andrea Croce.

«Sympathy – etymologically meaning to feel together – allowed the miners to survive in the mine; the feeling of each individual was at the same time a collective feeling. Per riconoscerti nel buio is a widespread project that wants to create closeness rather than distance, to transform even the dark into a refuge in which to welcome others».

The exhibition

Per riconoscerti nel buio

curated by Andrea Croce

In Per riconoscerti nel buio there are many stories; all interconnected. There is the story of a mine, there are the stories of many forgotten workers, there is the dark matter, bitumen, which on this occasion revives the streets of the center of Abbateggio; and finally, there is the soul of a kind ghost, Vincenzo Di Paolo, who accompanies us in the discovery of an unknown and hostile place, which, although it seems to be a place with few inhabitants, it is linked to a collective history, rooted in the past but it also speaks to us of our present.
Along the central street of the village, the latex castings evoke the bitumen flows of the mines and mark a path that is to be followed.
Going down towards the historic center, at the intersection of Via del Carmine and Via Breda, a round arch overlooks the landscape, directing the gaze towards the area that houses the mines. In the arch, darkness and light meet, the quote that crowns the arch refers to the feeling of solidarity that existed among the workers: it is an invitation, as the writing says, to recognize the other in the dark, just like how out of necessity they found themselves working as miners.
The Ciammarichella, i.e. the road that miners traveled at night to go up the mountain and return to Abbateggio, was strewn with lanterns, fireflies that illuminate the forest. At the end of the journey an artificial passage, in the shape of a tunnel, transports you into the penumbra, but, as on a summer night, you find yourself surrounded by a starry sky.

Free access. For more info: Silvia Tontodonati tel. +39 380 683 5690 | Andrea Croce tel. +39 380 470 9589

The village

Abbateggio, Abruzzo

42°13’30.0″N 14°00’35.8″E

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Agnese Spolverini, Per riconoscerti nel buio. Panoramic view of Abbateggio (PE), Abruzzo. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis e Galleria Continua. Ph. Andrea Fiordigiglio

Abbateggio is a village in Abruzzo with 392 residents in the province of Pescara, which is 40km away. It stands at the base of the Montagna Madre, and is characterized by Tholos, dry stone houses used in the past as shelter for shepherds and flocks. Along with olive trees, spelt has long been the main source of local sustenance; for about twenty years, residents of Abbateggio have held an annual festival dedicated to this grain, attracting a multitude of tourists. The village has an artistic sensibility about it, since for several years it has played privileged host to extemporary painting competitions, along with being the stage for the «Parco Majella» literary prize.

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Silvia Tontodonati, Patrizia Simone, Gabriele Di Pierdomenico, Dino Di Cecco, Valerio Di Paolo, Adamo D’Alessandro, Association of the Elderly «Jo Danese», Pro Loco, Compagnia dell’Abate, Cultural Association «Alle falde della Majella», . «Abruzzese artists Lejo», Ass. «Abbad a te», Compagnia del Sant’Antonio and All the volunteers; accomodation: The house with blue windows, The oak, Borgo Majella, Catalan houses, Ancient dwellings, Colle della selva, Sapori di Bea, The door, The broom, Masseria Majella; refreshment points: Abbacaffé, Pizzeria _ 11 March, Col di Gotte restaurant.

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