Lighea at UNA Galleria / Piacenza

Lighea group show with Elisa Giardina Papa, Carla Grunauer and Andreia Santana 

from Sept 23, 2023 to Feb 10, 2024

via Sant’Antonino 33

29121, Piacenza

UNA is delighted to present Lighea, a group exhibition with artworks by Elisa Giardina Papa (*1979 Messina, IT), Carla Grunauer (*1982 Tucumán, AR) and Andreia Santana (* 1991 Lisbon, PT), with a text by Marta Papini.

«Mermaids embody everything that hangs in the balance between two opposites: beautiful and ugly, male and female, seductive and monstrous. Through such an indefinite nature, they challenge, much like the works on display, our way of exploring and understanding the world.» ¹
Lighea is a perturbing novel by the Italian writer Tomasi di Lampedusa, set in Sicily at the beginning of the 20th century. The story revolves around a mermaid, who re-emerges from the abyss of mythology to connect the time of the story with a tradition rich in myths, magic spells, and hybrid characters that move between the animal, divine, and human world, permeated by desires and impulses.
Lighea becomes, for us, an ideal place where the tradition of the popular myths and beliefs, of half-pagan / half-religious rites and spells affirms itself as an integral part of artistic practices, characterized by the coexistence of the contemporaneity and the distant past, which is yet very much alive and present.
Elisa Giardina Papa, Carla Grunauer, and Andreia Santana are the invited artists to participate in the project: Starting from highly different backgrounds and birthplaces (Sicily, Argentina, Portugal), all three explore cultural, semantic, and intimate origins. They then give shape to creatures that seem to come from an ancient and fabulous bestiary, and that, like Lighea, embody deep, collective desires, or to new forms suspended between the organic and inorganic, in which the contemporaneity, the ancient past, and the pagan mythology overlap and merge.
The three artists reflect, each of them with a personal approach, on the return to the cradle of civilization, the history, the mystery of knowledge and creation, and their fragile production and transmission.

¹ excerpt from Marta Papini’s text for Lighea exhibition