THE COMEDY IN QUILT
A selection from the collection from 23 to 26 September at “Abilmente Roma”
Fiera di Roma, East Entrance, Via Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, 00148 Rome RM
Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso by Dante Alighieri represented in 57 textile panels
A group of Italian quilters of all levels, inspired by the songs and descriptions of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, interpreted and represented a group, a frame, a sky, a scene, a landscape, the pain suffered by the damned … creating a great story made of fabric, threads and colors. The images of these quilts evoke infernal sensations and more; in front of some you can “hear” the screams of the damned, the smell of sulfur and the cries of devils, the expiation of those who have a fleeting memory of life and peace in contemplating divine power and wisdom.
If in the Divine Comedy the dramatic and lyrical dimensions are expressed through the noble language of poetry, the purpose of the authors was to perceive them and try to translate them through the techniques of Quilt Art.
Interpreting with fabric a great cornerstone of Italian literature such as Dante is not at all simple or obvious, but it certainly constitutes a great challenge.
26 the Artworks exhibited
Here are some of the artworks on display