Ignazio Mortellaro at the University of Palermo

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Ignazio Mortellaro’s poetic work E già sono deserto, is one of the artist’s pieces presented at the Calidarium of the Botanical Gardens of the University of Palermo. For this exhibition, Mortellaro has created a new series of site-specific works for this particular exhibition space including a series of photographic collages, bronze and brass sculptures and a video. This last work is the result of a collaboration with performer and musician Lucy, brother of the artist.

A verse from the poet Giuseppe Ungaretti gave the title to this presentation. The artist aims to “objectify” the term “desert”, understood as landscape, a place of extreme atomization, a fluid and free space, whose mutations makes it a dizzying labyrinth “which has no stairways to climb, nor walls to impede thy passage.” (as in the story, The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths, “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges).

Literary and geographical references are imbued in the artist’s installations. A verse from the poet Giuseppe Ungaretti gave the title to this presentation for example, and Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths, “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges also served as inspiration to Mortellaro.

Image: Ignazio Mortellaro, E già sono deserto, 2018. Courtesy of the artist