Curated by: Gabriella Belli
A childhood that endures, without losing its charm and naivety, even where life seems to reserve only danger and misery. This is the central theme of "Sabra Beauty Everywhere", an unpublished project by Chiara Dynys.
The exhibition, curated by Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, is the result of a work carried out by the artist between 2010 and 2013 in Beirut and takes the form of a cycle of 27 triptychs in wood and d 'leaf gold . Each composition contains, as in a shrine, the images captured in the streets of these "ghettos" of fear and isolation in which the artist, amidst toys and smiles, is able to rediscover the signs and wonder of a childhood lived in an apparent and disarming normality.
“When I visited the fields of Sabra and Shatila, I felt a great vital energy, a will to live that turns into the joy of living” explained Chiara Dynys. “The solidarity between children, necessary to survive in a hostile context - he continued - is capable of creating a different dimension, a world made to measure for children but with all the rules of a complex system. With this project, I didn't want to do a job on refugees or the torn Middle East. I rather started from here to reach a deeper and more universal concept: through the looks and faces of a delicate and pure childhood, I searched for the profound meaning of existence ”.
The works on display tell of an authentic and primordial beauty. The images, set inside precious chests inspired by the polyptychs of the churches, the Buddhist temples and the frames that contain the words of the Koran, become deeply religious testimonies, expression of a faith that is not Christian, Muslim or Buddhist, but is part of a universal religion.
The project, housed in the splendid setting of the Sala delle Quattro Porte, one of the most beautiful and richest in the whole museum, is in natural harmony with the sacral dimension of the space, marked by the presence of the particular sixteenth-century relief Madonna and Child , created by Jacopo Sansovino . In the center of the room, a large installation with a crystal case, crossed by the inscription in gold There is nothing outside , taken from the thought of St. Augustine, becomes a paradigm between the inside and the outside, in a direct confrontation with the inner integrity that characterizes childhood at the center of the works. The exhibition, made possible also thanks to the support of Mario Aite and Renata Zoppas and the precious collaboration of the VAFStiftung, confirms the commitment of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia in the context of reflection on the emerging problems of civil coexistence and is in line with the previous exhibitions dedicated to two artists of absolute international importance such as the American Jenny Holzer and the Iranian Shirin Neshat, who presented works aimed at issues of great social caliber.