Renato Leotta

Turin (1982)

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Renato Leotta, EROS E PSYCHE, Centuripe (EN), Sicilia. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis e Galleria Continua. Ph. Mauro Colapicchioni e Luca Guarnieri

The artist will realize a site-specific work in the village of Centuripe, in Sicily. His works come from a careful and prolonged observation of a place or a landscape. In his search for the boundaries and limits of the two-dimensionality of the image, he often refers to literature in the choice of the titles of his works and in the texts that accompany his exhibitions. Among his most recent solo exhibitions are: ‘Sole’, Castello di Rivoli, in 2020 and in 2019, at the Magazzino Italian Art Foundation and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in New York. In 2019, he won the Italian Fellows American Academy Award in Rome. For more info: His Elpis collaborator is Pietro Scammacca.

«The project proposes a union of images, between archeology and landscape, intended as a fusion between artefact and nature. Between matter and matter».

The exhibition


curated by Pietro Scammacca

EROS E PSYCHE is a project by Renato Leotta, curated by Claudio Gulli and Pietro Scammacca, conceived for the village of Centuripe and its landscape. A widespread exhibition composed of archaeological and archaic images, located in the rural and urban context of the Enna village.
The title recalls a terracotta statuette of Eros and Psyche embracing (about 200 -100 BC), found in Centuripe and currently part of the British Museum collection. After a period of research on the centuripine manufacture and the complex history of the archaeological events linked to it, Leotta has orchestrated an en plen air museum itinerary composed of posters representing a selection of centuripine finds that are part of the British Museum collection, thus imagining a hypothetical temporary section of the Regional Archaeological Museum.
The project is not moved by a simple territorial claim of these finds, but wants to question the ways in which archeology and cultural heritage become part of «identity» mechanisms. Throughout its history, archeology has often been exploited for reasons of cultural diplomacy and as a support to colonial narratives. In this case, Leotta’s intervention instead proposes a possible form of union through the theme of beauty, an embrace that echoes the events of Amor and Psyche, between the characters of the human and the divine.

Free access.

The village

Centuripe, Sicilia

37°37’21.0″N 14°44’24.7″E

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Renato Leotta, EROS E PSYCHE. Panoramic view of Centuripe (EN), Sicilia. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis e Galleria Continua. Ph. Pio Andrea Peri

Centuripe is a Sicilian village of 5,172 residents in the province of Enna, which is 63 km away. The origins of «Centuorbi» as it is known in Sicilian dialect, go back to prehistoric times. The Archaeological Museum presents the city’s history and topography, its inhabited sites and economic activities; it also preserves local terracotta works from the Hellenistic period, with masks and statues that showcase the high technical levels that were already being reached at that time. The territory still has many sulfur mines, which were actively used until the 1920s. The economy is mainly agricultural and livestock-oriented, and citrus fruits from the surrounding valley are abundant.

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