Installation / March 2012
The office - contemporary art space affair, Rr. Pjeter Budi, 4 - Tirana (Albania)
Memory is inevitably subjected to a postproduction process by us, it depends on our moods, on the importance of certain details or specific moments; memory is what we strive to preserve from our lives, and yet it is ever evolving.
The new artwork by the Italian artist Stefano Romano, “Memoria collettiva”, specifically conceived for the microgallery, could be linked with the postmodern concept of meta-narrations, such “narrations” that unify people which in different moments in history were in the form of Religion, and Politics; and which in our times have been replaced by personal “stories”. So it is the union of these personal stories that builds the collective memory of today.
The work talks about the tension that is embedded in every choice we make in our life. A choice brings you inevitably to the loss of something else: “So when my life was separated between two countries (Albania and Italy), in an irreversible way, time built such dynamics of life that could not be embraced by simply deciding where to live, because unavoidably, with the choice, I would also lose something”. The tension that developed between these moments is symbolized by the microgallery’s walls; the space between these two borders one in front of the other is a metaphor of the flow of life.
The artist asked some people close to him in different ways (from family to acquaintances), to remember for him a moment from his life. Every person spoke of an episode or a series of episodes related to the artist’s life, a memory, which inevitably was also the history of the relationship between them.
Having collected the memories from the people, Romano wrote them on red pieces of cloth (a color which is very present in his recent works), re-appropriating in this way these memories through writing. The pieces of cloth were sewn together creating an entire fabric, which was fixed to the gallery walls, rolled up in a way that it’s impossible for the audience to read those personal stories, and stretched to the maximum point of tension that the fabric can sustain, after which it will simply rip apart.