The bath of Diana (2015)
Photographic series (various dimensions), video.
The project was born of a pictorial suggestion present in some female figures and nymphs of Palma Vecchio; a “V” gesture made with their fingers. This sign references pagan worship in northern Italy and Germany, during the sixteenth century; a dedication to the “goddess of the pagans.” A long tradition of mothers, whose myth and cult has its roots in Europe in the Neolithic between 7000 and 3500 BC, preceded it.
In the middle of the 20th Century, the anthropologist and palaeontologist Marija Gimbutas effected numerous excavations across various Neolithic sites in present day Europe. There she found a vast repertoire of images, painted or engraved figures and stones, ivory and terracotta statuettes; they are witnesses to a prehistoric European matriarchal and gynocentric system. From this alphabet of the metaphysical I developed an action, documented by a series of photographs. The photographs become the series of images, or ‘script’, for the ancient European religion of the Great Goddess, later performed by the synchronized swimming athletes of ASD Bergamo Swimming. The swimming choreography of the girls in the Olympic pool is a moment of self-consciousness, implemented through the exercise of instinct as a form of interpersonal empathic (non-linguistic) communication. The reflected community it represents is the bearer of a shared belief, manifested in a constellation of meanings, that let emerge, from calmed waters, the fundamental worldview of European archaic culture.