Poli Antarctici Constitutio

  • 2019
Silk and wool cloth

ø 250 cm

Installation view at Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia

  • Photo: Bruno Cattani

Poli Antarctici Constitutio is a collective work, a silk embroidery with a diameter of 2.5 meters, reproducing the Antarctic pole as represented in the XII Book by Athanasius Kircher, In Mundus Subterraneus, dated 1664-65. This embroidery has been made by a dozen women, in almost two years of work. None of them was a professional embroiderer: mostly friends and acquaintances of the artist who attended at her studio and dedicated a few hours of work, every now and then, as a break from their main working activities. A collective work, where stories of life of different countries, chatter, secrets and laughter took root in every stitch. This is connected to the performance Being There (Birmingham, 2019) and to the show How Do I Imagine Being There? (Reggio Emilia, 2016).