Saudade do Futuro
Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Amarante (Portugal) Site specific installations Oak galls and yarns; embroidery on cardboard Project developed during the artist residence in Amarante (Portugal) with Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Municiality of Amarante and Jeune Création Européenne For the Museo Municipal Amadeo De Souza Cardoso Giulia Berra presents a project strictly connected with architecture that deals both with the contest of Amarante and with the social-economic situation of Portugal in the period of the Artist Residence. It is an utopian dimension, where the references to Nature become aspirations of changing and rebirth. Between the granite arches, a galaxy of oak galls, collected in the city Park, is developed. Galls are “pearls of wood”, caused by plant parasites, that find in these abnormal outgrowths the perfect condition to complete their life cycle. Connected by the web, they become a constellation of planets, a metaphor of the Man/Nature relationship. On the walls we have instead two panels of azulejos, presenting a raffia-on-cardboard- embroidered motif of cicada spoils. If usually the Tale of the Cicada and the Ant refers to P.I.I.G.S. Situation, the artist instead was inspired by ancient legends which associate these insects to the mysteries of metamorphosis and resurrection. Cicadas, in facts, spend years underground as larvae and burrow their way out and shed their skin when they are ready to become an adult and fly away. So, abandoned spoils are the frozen state of the exoskeleton of a cicada, eternized teenage state.