Pontos was the primordial god of the sea, the sea itself, born from earth at the dawn of creation.
Like in Massimo Cacciari’s declination, the Pontos is intended as the sea uniting and dividing, and here applied as a territory simultaneously giving and subtracting anthropological, political and geographical connotations and identity.
This series investigates Sicily as a surface shaped by the contemporary conflicts and political issues threatening Europe’s identity as a cohesive place.
As a mirror and metaphor for the whole Mediterranean, the region at the edge of Europe, facing Africa and the Middle-East is here portrayed as a transitory space where territories, cultures and history are overlapped and intertwined. The “liquid materiality” of the Island is spontaneously denying the identity over-imposed by Europe’s legal system in which human rights are constantly unrecognized and defined by juridical confines and citizenship. A materiality denying the creation of borders and questioning the notions of “inside” and “outside” as well as the meanings of “belonging” and “expulsion”.
The general feeling with which Sicilians approached the latest mass exodus has been that of an extension of its recurring past. Thus, the current landscape is seemingly responding with a slow and spontaneous process of hybridization of cultures, landscape and demography.
This work ultimately aims to juxtapose the rigid structure in which the rest of Europe is fencing inside itself to the mutable connotations of Sicily and the Mediterranean as a liminal territory and a mutable identity