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Artists: Michela Baldi, Susanna Cati, Gianluca Esposito and Fabio Maria Alecci, Patrizia Fratus, Marisa Iotti, Eleonora Monguzzi, Sonia Piscicelli Izn
Curated by
Barbara Pavan
Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, 2023
Bobbio (PC): Salt Water Spring, loc.Rio Foino | Malaspina-Dal Verme Castle, Torrino Road
Sponsored by Ass. SCD Studio and the Municipality of Bobbio
With the patronage and contribution of the Municipality of Bobbio
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NATURALES QUAESTIONES is a project inspired by the treatise of the same name on natural, ethical and scientific philosophy composed by Seneca, its principles and structure of which it maintains the subdivision into seven chapters/exhibitions and the multidisciplinary figure that places nature and culture in dialogue through art in a contemporary perspective that advocates scientific and technological research at the service of a new balance between man and the environment. The exhibition events included in the project are intended to provide an opportunity for discussion on the urgencies of our time by opening up reflection on the responsibility of the individual in the dynamics of environmental protection, evolution toward circular economies, and enhancement of daily virtuous practices such as, for example, combating waste. The project also highlights the need to recover the value of time through a fruition of the exhibition itinerary made available with guided tours and collateral events to meet and discuss individual themes with a view to stimulating a broader dialogue among a heterogeneous public that knows how to include different generations – from schoolchildren to the elderly – and people from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. The NATURALES QUAESTIONES paths promote a different enjoyment of contemporary art, the natural context, encounters with others and time. Seven locations have been selected in as many Italian regions to host the event over a two-year period. In each of them seven installations or art interventions will decline a keyword identified among the possible ones in the relationship between us and the planet.

It begins with NATURALES QUAESTIONES. THE CURE in Bobbio, one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages, on Sept. 2 and 3, 2023, an event curated by Barbara Pavan and promoted by Associazione SCD Studio with the contribution and patronage of the Municipality of Bobbio. Works include textile installations by Michela Baldi, Patrizia Fratus, fiber artist Susanna Cati and embroidery art intervention by Sonia Piscicelli Izn, as well as works by Gianluca Esposito and Fabio Maria Alecci, Marisa Iotti, Eleonora Monguzzi.

Susanna Cati. Fons, fontis

A full schedule of events – workshops, book presentations, lectures, guided tours – flank the two contemporary art trails

The first develops in the area of the Sorgente dell’acqua salata (loc.Rio Foino) from 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 proceeding from Coviamo Semi, the ephemeral art installation-action that evolves into a concrete action, by Marisa Iotti. Two works from the modular installation Fons, fontis, a project supported by Acqua Rocchetta and developed from Susanna Cati‘s recent research in the use of plastics, are on display here. Through the interaction of technology, science and production activities, it is increasingly possible to regenerate waste products and thus consolidate an already started path of circularity that protects natural resources and the environment in which we live. Through this body of work, the artist solicits further reflection, free from prejudice, on the virtuous possibilities of plastic, shifting the responsibility of the polluting factor from the material to man who is the real element that determines the difference between useful and harmful. Fantastic and imaginary creatures allude here to a future in which the resources of human intelligence will be put at the service of a different approach to the environment that allows all living things to exist and thrive. A little further on, Sonia Piscicelli Izn uses embroidery to portray the minimal manifestations of the surrounding nature by shifting the focus from landscape/panorama to detail, thus highlighting the extraordinariness, the uniqueness of every element that surrounds us, even the most insignificant to eyes now incapable of intercepting the wonder in which we are immersed. Through artistic intervention, Piscicelli also reformulates a different relationship with time, reappropriating the slowness of observation, of manual execution, of the preservation of the finished work as a testimony of the instant, as a memory of place. It is a care that the artist puts into every gesture, every glance, and extends to the relationship with others in sharing the work with those who wish to leave with needle and thread a trace of their passage.

Sonia Piscicelli Izn

At 9 p.m. in the green area pertaining to the Castello Malaspina-Dal Verme (Torrino Road) is the unveiling of Crochi di luna, an installation by Michela Baldi inspired by a legend of the Monti Pallidi that tells how the Salvans, mythical inhabitants of the Dolomites, in a single night covered the mountains with a blanket woven of light and silver threads by spinning the moon’s rays to save the wife of the prince of the kingdom, as well as the daughter of the moon, from dying of homesickness for her homeland in exchange for the promise of being able to inhabit those places forever. Baldi’s crocuses reconnect the ancestral narrative of men to that of the earth, and by giving away at night the light they have gathered during the day, they remind us that nature gives back what it receives.


The second guided tour unfolds through the park of the Castello Malaspina-Dal Verme on Sunday, September 3, starting at 11:30 a.m., starting with the installation signed La prima stanza home gallery that explores different semantic possibilities proper to the concept of nest, placing side by side Gianluca Esposito’s ceramic sculptures with modules made by Fabio Maria Alecci. A short distance away, Patrizia Fratus synthesizes in a single installation two of her many declinations: artist-gardener as well as storyteller with her Why are the leaves green? three figures somewhere between the real and the fantastic, each with its own identity. Can we possibly love someone we do not know? Whom we cannot call since we do not know their name? Can we live with someone we know nothing about? – he asks himself. No, we cannot. Consciousness is born from knowledge and so here are the leaves that become faces, bodies, personalities, subtracted from the generic and shapeless definition and returned in their individual specificity, different and unique like us, waiting to be met and (re)known. Eleonora Monguzzi concludes with an installation that dwells on the etymological meaning of the term “reflection.”

Participation in all NATURALES QUAESTIONES events is free and without reservation.

Patrizia Fratus, Perché le foglie sono verdi