On view at the exhibition, SUB DIVO, Contemporary Park Art Project / CPAP, Villa Aurelia
Trekking tent III, 215x195x108 cm
Parco archeologico Valle dei Templi, Agrigento
Nessuno is a site specific work done in 2014 by Giuseppe Lana on the occasion of the exhibition Sub Divo/ Sotto il cielo, curated by Giusi Diana, at the Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi in Agrigento (UNESCO site), in Sicily.
The Mediterranean garden where the work is set is part of the complex of Villa Aurea, the nineteenth-century residence of Sir Alexander Hardcastle, captain of the Royal Navy and British English patron who bought the villa in the early ‘900 and financed archaeological excavations in the ancient Greek city of Akragas. The place has an unique charm; Here nature and history live mutual references in perfect harmony. The garden is located on the ancient early Christian necropolis, in Latin: “Sub Divo,” that is to say “open-pit”, a few meters from the monumental Doric Temple ” Della Concordia “. In this wonderful archaeological and scenic background, Giuseppe Lana does not attempt mimesis, but locates, in the bucolic and romantic landscape, an ultra-pop object, industrially produced and made of plastic: a common green fluorescent tent, that turned towards the open landscape, surprises and intrigues all visitors. The “alien” object is actually an invitation to stop and look back towards the coastline. An ironic call to the public, often careful towards the touristic “consumption” of the archaeological heritage. Giuseppe Lana’s tent becomes thus the provocative emblem of the traveler who lives and admires, as opposed to the tourist who hastily consumes. From a conceptual point of view: pause and wait, insecurity and freedom are the elements that distinguish the work facing the Mediterranean Sea which saw Ulysses accomplish his journey, his Odyssey. However, that sea in which the ancient myths are based, in our time is a remind of other trips and other landings. The island of Lampedusa in fact is just beyond the coastline, clearly visible from the Valle dei Templi. Other odysseys are daily experienced by those escaping war and famines, seeking their freedom arriving in Europe through Italy. That is why the cheerful and anti-monumental curtain becomes serious and reveals a great truth, giving us a lesson of civilization. The right to nomadism to which the work of Lana refers, with its shape unchanged for thousands of years, is an essential right, which embodies the desire for freedom inherent in every human being, being either the ancient myth of Ulysses or the immigrant coming from countries at war, in search of his destiny.