On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalogue will be published:
Besides, it’s always the others who die
A publication edited by Lu Cafausu
Distributed by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, Germany
About 200 pages, ISBN 978-3-86984-080-2
Contents: A collective text based on a conversation held in Rome on January 19, 2014 between Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce, Mattia Pellegrini, Roberto Tenace, Caterina Pecchioli, Davide Ricco, Gianluca Marinelli, Sara Alberani, Irene Coppola, Sarah Ciracì, Lisa Batacchi, Luca Musacchio, Marco Benincasa, and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.
With special contributions by Stefan Banz, Francesca Marianna Consonni, Adrian Paci, Alcide Pierantozzi, Antonella Rizzo, and Franco Vaccari.
Approximately 20 images, found the same day at the flea market, that are quoted in the text, and a series of drawings by Francesco Lauretta portraying people in the pose of recently dead bodies, executed during the 4th edition of “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)”.
About the publication: This book, whose title is the epitaph on Marcel Duchamp’s tombstone, is one of several initiatives that Lu Cafausu has developed around the theme of death, starting from “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)”.
This Celebration is an annual event, made by the Italian artist collective whose members are Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti and Luigi Presicce. The artists proposed to turn the November 2 traditional celebration of the Dead, the “Day of the Dead”, into a new holiday: “La festa dei vivi (che riflettono sulla morte) – The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon Death)”. For the first edition of this celebration, on November 2nd, 2010, they invited those who were interested to be part of a pilgrimage, probably the shortest and slowest in the world, that departed from its destination (rather than arriving at it): Lu Cafausu in San Cesario di Lecce.
Lu Cafausu is a mysterious small building, an architectural remnant that the artists have elected as a source of metaphors and narratives. It is “an imaginary place that really exists”, around which the presence of death floats. Any day, the small building might in fact be demolished to accommodate more parking space for cars, or might also fall apart due to its precarious, old architecture. It could also be turned into a frozen, dead monument. Because of this feeling of the presence of death, Lu Cafausu is an ideal place for a new celebration. “La Festa dei Vivi” is for those who, in order to give meaning to life, reflect upon death; their own, “first and foremost.”
We think that the book will be a wonderful occasion for including, rather than our previous texts or documentation of projects, some ongoing ideas and suggestions coming from the encounters with old and new friends. We would like the book to face the theme of death from different points of view and we would like to include as a connection to it, the accident, chance, the unexpected or, let’s say, the “cafausic” (referring to Lu Cafausu arcane properties…).
Gelosia (jealousy) was, by chance, the name of our boat during the 2010 pilgrimage. Jealousy is a feeling related to the death of love, and yet at the very heart of love’s aliveness… Lu Cafausu taught us that coincidences are meaningless if taken as mere coincidences: only when you are aware of connections you can become free to open yourself to their mystery, to their truth or, rather, to their multiple, inextricable, and fragile truths. And then, after all, as it happens, it’s always us who die.
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