a group show: Ex Mattatoio di Testaccio

Lunatika, Solo Show Online

In that brief moment the world seemed to stand still, waiting. There was utter silence. The men of Umuofia were merged into the mute backcloth of trees and giant creepers, waiting. The spell was broken by the head messenger. "Let me pass!" he ordered." What do you want here?" "The white man whose power you know too well has ordered this meeting to stop.

Chinua Achebe, Things collapse.

Ladies, children, aquatic and land creatures in all the Seven Kingdoms!

Pieces of Moon have been seen meteoritically falling over Monte dei Cocci in Testaccio district, Rome. Locals tell of a group of mischievous hybrid creatures invading the streets after sunset to steal the fallen fragments and then stealthily, escaping to the adjacent slaughterhouse.

Seven artists went in search of their traces…

It came out that the community only appears in the nights of Full Moon of the Worm, which pushes worms and other creatures to emerge from the underground to celebrate the beginning of Spring. The creatures have always flocked to the Lunatic tavern to plan underground mud-revolutions, feast and pee on the Moon. A Flemish banner signals the tavern to the pioneers of the night and says: “Having higher aspirations”. The slogan of our creatures is strongly anti-capitalistic and proposes an alternative economic system, which is based on sharing resources obtained directly from nature, without any further processing or cultivation.

However, one evening something goes wrong. If until now they had been allowed to flourish as a self-sufficient community thanks to the distance from the human gaze, our interference has destroyed their practices based on sharing resources.

Lunatika is the first of a trilogy of tale-exhibitions. Set in a former slaughterhouse in Rome (Ex Mattatoio di Testaccio), the show resembles a fairytale in three acts, where the display changes according to the story’s progression and to the public’s intervention.

with Sofia Bordin, Ginevra Collini, Bianca D’Ascanio, Eleonora Del Bene, Andrea Lo Giudice, Bea Roggero Fossati, Lorenzo Silvestri.
curated by Alessia Baranello and Arianna Tremolanti.
photography: Nicola de Cecchi, Alessandro Marsella.