Mad for Naples…and SommaVesuvio 2

MadforNaples … and SommaVesuvio – 2

“San Gennaro-or Vesuvius-and miracles”

19 artists again to dive in the Neapolitan mind
2nd edition 2017-2021

“Saint Janvier n’aurai pas existé sans Naples,
et Naples non pourrait plus exister sans saint Janvier “
Alexandre Dumas père

Thus, in the Le Corricolo work, Alexandre Dumas father recounts his encounter with the legend of the patron saint of Naples illustrating in detail the great value of “protector against every danger”, a danger that Neapolitans represent for Vesuvius: it is no coincidence that the most emblematic miracles of St. Gennaro are those of protection from Vesuvius eruptions. Divinity, misfortune and miracles are essential elements of Neapolitanism, characterized by traditions and legends, more or less sacred and more or less pagan rituals.

Discovering and deepening this “Neapolitanity” is the aim of this second edition of the project “MadforNaples and … forSommaVesuvio-2“, giving artists the opportunity to go beyond aesthetics, in the heart of our civilization, by imbibing our more characteristic sensations : precariousness, danger, the indispensable relationship with the divinity, the trust and the hope that something can always happen to solve the problems. The Neapolitans still live with the relationship with San Gennaro as if it were a pagan divinity, according to the canons of Greek culture, just as the Vesuvians live with the Madonna and for them a divinity far away from everyday life it is not conceivable.

During the first edition 22 “Crazy Artists” at the end of their stay have left their impressions, sensations, memories, emotions and works of art, collected in a catalog illustrating the artistic path of each of them, emphasizing the appreciation for the “art of living and how important it was to “come to understand” our particular philosophy of life. The product of the “contamination” created between Naples and the Somma Vesuvio area with the international breath of a group of 22 artists, all women from the farthest corners of the world (from European countries to the United States, Argentina, Peru, to Australia and New Zealand) is today a heritage of great interest and artistic and cultural value. An experience that has been consolidated and increased by relaunching the project at the end of 2017. The project has then been postponed till 2021 due to the COVID 19 situation.

This new edition, which once again sees the full sharing of the Association Vesuviani in Cammino, develops with renewed interest and with new peculiarities, along several lines of deepening: places and the wider territory of the Neapolitan metropolitan city and the most complex knowledge of “the Campania civilization”, in comparison with the international contemporary reality; itineraries and routes: linked to the historical, artistic and architectural heritage, and to naturalistic and landscape sites; traditions and identity: with the aim of highlighting what really constitutes “the Parthenopean and Vesuvian spirituality” and to offer the hosted artists the opportunity to “go further” in this knowledge;  local production:  such as  the Piennolo del Vesuvio DOP, the Vesuvian apricot PAT, the Monte cherries, the Lacryma Christi DOC, the honey of the Somma Vesuvio hills, the Nocillo and the Catalan grapes, as well as the processing of stockfish and cod and production of pasta, bread and wheat “pastiere”.

The project intends to capitalize impressions, feelings, emotions of the experience that the artist will bring in their own countries of origin and the collected contributions will constitute an interesting database and become real “testimonial” of the project and of our territory.

The project provides for the participation of the following 19 international artists who stayed in Naples and the Vesuvian area for 2 weeks with a program of cultural knowledge of local realities :

Thérèse BOISCLAIR (Canada) • Talia DUCLOS (Perù) • Lis ENGEL (Denmark) • Danisa GLUSEVIC (Chile) • Martin JOYCE (USA) • Kerstin KAGER (Austria) • Volkmar PETERMANN (Germany) • Alexandra KHAN (Switzerland) • Bénédicte KLENE (France) •  Jana MASIK (Czechoslovakia) • Micaela PAGENER (Germany) • Sanne RASMUSSEN (Denmark) • Cynthia RUSE (USA) • Annette SCHREIBER (Germany) • Serenella SOSSI (Italy/France) • Gabriella TARANTO (Italy) • Christiane TURECZEK (Switzerland) • Fu WENJUN (China) • Yolaine WUEST (France) •

CLOSING EVENT AND DISSEMINATION OF THE PROJECT

A final exhibition closing event for the presentation of the works created is scheduled from May 28 to June 7, 2021, in the prestigious site of Castel dell’Ovo in Naples, hosted by the wonderful cultural location fo the Sala delle Carceri, that will show in a very special presentation the works realized by each artist. During the event, the artists will be invited to illustrate their experience on our territory and convey to the territory their personal, distinctive, international look on the contemporary world of visual arts. They will bring these impressions, sensations, emotions of their lived experience, back to the their countries of origin and thus become real “testimonials” of the project and of our territory and constitute a useful, new tool for the dissemination of a wider knowledge of our territory in Italy and abroad.

Some pics of the past edition