Matilde Cassani, Tutto (2018), mixed media installation, performance
In collaboration with: Francesco Bellina, Stefano Edward (Comunità Tamil di Palermo), Santuario di Santa Rosalia di Palermo
Section: City on Stage
Tutto draws on Sicilian baroque traditions and updates them by revealing the complexity of the new and different cultural inputs the city of Palermo experiences today. A daytime rework display, specifically designed for Quattro Canti in Palermo, will blast a series of colourful slips of paper with messages and images into the air. After the explosion all the pieces shot into the air will slowly descend, dropping on the heads of the spectators, remaining partially attached to the facades of the surrounding buildings, clinging to a series of ropes connecting the buildings, and finally falling to the ground.
In the days following the embroidered cloths, a selected number of paper slips and a photograph of the event will be hosted in Palazzo Costantino until 4 November, acting as a reminder of the celebration and becoming a collective memory for Tutto. The installation takes its cue from traditional Sicilian baroque events and engages the local residents, suggesting an official day of celebration to be added to the city’s calendar of festivities. The work focuses on the idea of celebration as a tool to describe a wider system of political, social and cultural environments.