A reference to the sun and its shining rays, which shine for two and a half meters on the concrete of the Museum like the creative and regenerating power of the mother star.
Made up of more than one hundred gold-plated scythes, Falena symbolizes fertile nature and at the same time reaper death; in the use of agricultural tools it also includes an important social and political dimension that tells of the work and workers' struggles of the second half of the twentieth century. Finally, the very title of the work alludes to the profound dichotomies that characterize the nocturnal insect constantly in search of light and which are found in Vascellari's twenty-year research: day and night, light and darkness and, at the extreme, the above and below, life and death.
An eclectic experimenter, Nico Vascellari is among the most interesting protagonists of the Italian artistic panorama. Vascellari's practice ranges from immersive installations to performative actions to participatory and relational moments in an extreme freedom of creation in which art is understood beyond any categorization.
A reflection on man, nature and the divine, Falena embodies various themes dear to the artist and, as with all his poetics, is rooted in a cultural environment where legends, myths and popular rites have always characterized human history .