Curated by Rose and Dores Sacquegna
From February 26 to March 18 March 2021
Opening Day Wednesday 3 March at 18:00h
Palmieri’s Foundation, Lecce
“Worldview: Anthropology of eco-vision” is a research project and a contemporary art exhibition that testifies, with an experiential and artistic approach, the interference that human activity has produced on the natural cycles of the planet, proposing a reflection on the impact of our species on the Earth, more relevant than ever in the moment of a global pandemic and which strongly questions the unstable balance between man and nature.
Organized by Primo Piano LivinGallery | Projects & Services for Contemporary Art, curated by Dores and Rose Sacquegna, the exhibition will take place from February 26 to March 18 at the venue of Palmieri’s Foundation in Lecce. Under Auspices by Lecce’s Municipality Department of Culture and in partnership with the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture Foundation of Kefalonia (Greece), the event has a common mission that unites the work by artists, curators, researchers, activists to educate through art to sustainable development by reducing the consumption of plastic material, proposing virtuous processes for changing behaviors and lifestyles.
The event, organized by Primo Piano LivinGallery | Projects & Services for Contemporary Art, curated by Dores and Rose Sacquegna, will take place at the venue of Palmieri’s Foundation in Lecce. Under Auspices by Lecce’s Municipality and with the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture Foundation in Kefalonia (Greece) as cultural partner, the exhibition combines the work of artists, curators, academics with a common mission: to educate for sustainable development, virtuous processes for changing behavior and lifestyles, reducing the consumption of plastic material in favor of the reuse of eco-sustainable materials. Proposals in actions, work and documents that are proposed as new models for an eco-sustainable economy, oriented towards a society that does not produce waste but that knows how to create well-being with the reuse and regeneration of resources.
In national preview, the KEFALONIA PLASTIC FREE art project, started in 2013 by American eco-feminist artist Pam Longobardi with her team Drifters Project that deals with examining, documenting, collecting and identifying evidence of the crime of plastic pollution. A project that over the years has seen, among others, the support of the world organization of Plastic Pollution Coalition which mobilizes citizens, artists, academics, curators, for a shared social commitment in favor of environmental protection. Among documents, action and artworks, the American artist presents her decade-long work with the island of Kefalonia. Pam Longobardi (New Jersey, 1958), she has lived and worked in Atlanta since 1970. Longobardi’s parents, an ocean lifeguard and biochemist at Union Carbide and the Delaware state diving champion, connected her from an early age to water. After discovering mountains of plastic on remote Hawaiian shores in 2006, she founded the Drifters Project, centralizing the artist as culture worker/activist/researcher. Now a global collaborative entity, Drifters Project has removed tens of thousands of pounds of plastic pollution from the natural environment and re-situated it as collective social sculpture. Among the various projects she participated in the GYRE expedition in 2013 in the remote coastal areas of Alaska and starred in a National Geographic film. Winner of the Hudgens Prize – one of the largest prizes awarded to an artist in North America – Longobardi has been featured in National Geographic, Sierra magazine, the Weather Channel and her works are exhibited and collected in international exhibitions and museum collections around the world. She is “Oceanic Society’s Artist In Nature” and Distinguished Professor at Georgia State University.
In addition to the Longobardi, other professionals have contributed to the environmental protection project in Greece including the American artist-performer Susan Knippenberg, the French curator Sarina Basta, the director of the Ionion Center Foundation in Kefalonia, Sophie Giannakis-Kagadis and Dores Sacquegna (co-curator of the current exhibition).
The exhibition opens with the live performance “WAP II World After Plastics “, second act (we remember the first act was been in 2020 at Castel Dell’Ovo in Naples, Italy) by Italian artist-performer Massimiliano Manieri with the collaboration in the implementation by Mafalda Greco. The action highlights the suffering of human beings against a civilization polluted by plastic. Manieri was born in 1968 in Copertino (Lecce), he has been working with the Primo Piano LivinGallery since 2008 and has exhibited nationally and internationally with other organizations as well.
Worldview is a global vision and in this show we have artists from Europe to America, from Asia to Australia, from Brazil to the Middle East, who reflect with their works on the concepts of Nature-Naturans, Sustainability-Adaptation, Change -Coexistence.
Also in exhibition are the unpublished video-films by American curator-artist Nathaniel Cas Ancheta, by French duo Nancy & Philip Barwell, by Turkish filmmaker Irem Coban, by Italian performance trio titled Gruppo Sinestetico, by American director Kacie Lees, by Italian artist Raffaele Quida ( from Lecce and also present with visual works), by Croatian filmmaker Tanja Ravlic.
Among installations, photography, painting and mixed media, the unpublished works by Chilean artist Hérnan Pitto Bellocchio (we remember his presence for intervention at the petrol station in Gagliano del Capo during his artistic residency in 2020) and on display here with new works, with one paying homage to the city of Lecce, the Cypriot artist Aristi Hadjisavva, the French artists Yann Jettain and Timothée Peignier, the Swiss artist Brigitte Müller Hunziker, the Brazilian artist Luciano Fonseca Pinheiro, the Venezuelan artist Alberto Riera, the Japanese artist Tomomi Sato, the Luxembourg artist Margot Reding-Schroeder, the Dutch artist based in Australia Nel Ten Wolde and the Italian artists Luca Bray, from Brescia (he lives and works in Lecce) and Luisa Elia, from Lecce ( she lives and works between Milan and Lecce).
Palmieri’s Foundation, Vico Dei Sotterranei, Lecce (deconsecrated church of Saint Sebastian).
Days and times for the visit: From Monday to Friday: 16: 00-20: 00.
Morning: 11: 00-13: 00 and by apointment
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