I recently visited an exhibition with an exotic title, Kiribati, in an important palace for contemporary art in Rome, the Pastificio Cerere in San Lorenzo. Today the pasta factory is the home of countless artist studios, spaces for independent craftsmen, a department of NABA University and a restaurant. An innovative and multi-functional space. I invite you to visit it, also to capture the atmosphere that, in past years, gave birth to it, transforming it from a historic pasta factory to the seat of the artistic research of the “Roman School”. Even now this palace maintains a certain charm, a place rich in history and character in a young neighborhood of our city.
Kiribati is the personal exhibition of Antonio Fiorentino. An disorienting exhibition to “travel through”. In it, the artist exhibits for the first time a series of works made last year after his stay in the Kiribati islands in Oceania. A state that is located in a unique geographical position, on the international date line. The first state to see dawn each day, as if these islands were magically projected into the future before the rest of the world.
But what is the future of Kiribati? This is what Fiorentino is pondering. A legitimate question, in a world that must be safeguarded now more than ever. Every year Kiribati loses “something”, as rising seas due to global warming slowly overwhelm the archipelago.
The exhibition offers glimpses of ideas, a journey into the future of an imaginary world. He tells us this story through a large installation and a video. Where do we come from, where are we going, who are we? The artist wonders about this. And, if the world in which we live is in danger of disappearing, what will happen to us? What will the earth be like some time later, and how will we be?
Fiorentino gives us white spaces, full of ruins, with some gold details. A space to live in search of an inner thought. Because mankind cannot be indifferent to “changes”, climatic ones and cultural ones, because both depend on us.
But the world of Fiorentino is also romantic and romanticized, not entirely catastrophic. In particular, the video is installed in the Molini Space, in the basement of the Pastificio, a space recently recovered after the restoration works in the former mill of the pasta factory. If you want to immerse yourself in an imaginary future in a space of the past, visit the exhibition.
Kiribati, Pastificio Cerere. Artists on show: Antonio Fiorentino. Info here.