Piedmontese artist Fabio Viale brings to Florence a colossal installation of 15 tons of debris and about 10 tons of marble sculptures.
The installation is an extract of ROOT’LA Fabio Viale’s performance at Carrara marble quarries, created in the suggestive ravaneto of the quarries managed by the Cavatori Gioia Cooperative.
The exhibition at Galleria Poggiali Forconi entitled “Acqua Alta/Hide Tide” has been suspended because of the Covid 19 pandemic, is due to reopen as soon as possible at the Gallery’s premises in Via della Scala and in Via Benedetta.
Inside the gallery, the artist recreates a part of a “ravaneto” of the Carrara Marble Quarries, positioning the stone fragments and the crushed marble sculptures piled in a fall from ceiling to floor.
Fabio Viale, ROOT’LA - Firenze Galleria Poggiali
As explains the artist: “Michelangelo himself, in one of his writings, argues that rolling a sculpture downstream has the purpose of purging it from defects, as if each stroke, rather than destroying or ruining it, made it more perfect and powerful. for this reason, I wanted to use the ravaneto as a sculpture tool…”
And then: “beyond the gesture, of pushing down a statue, I was especially excited to walk on the stones that are in this place: they are the result of the work of many men, they are full of history and poetry, and they made me perceive a strong energy”.
ROOT’LA Fabio Viale’s performance at Carrara marble quarries was performed at the Cima Gioia marble quarries in January 2020.