“Giuseppe Gallo’s works are characterised by a thick interweaving of signs, symbols and shapes from the real and imaginary worlds. Human profiles combine with stylised animal forms in a playful riot of signs...” Achille Bonito Oliva
‘I giocolieri dell’armonia’ (Harmony Jugglers) is the title of the monumental installation by Giuseppe Gallo that will open the fourth edition of Hypermaremma on the Tagliata beach in Ansedonia.
Twelve figures follow one another in an evocative and alienating procession in which they seem to dance in absence of gravity. Their profiles stretch from the ground towards the sky like shadows that split into two parts reflected in a mirror. Each silhouette has different characteristics and identities and tells the story of life developed not only in space but also over time, a path that connects different moments in the ages of humanity within a single dance. The work becomes a sort of dialogue shared with the spectator, as if the latter too were taking part in the procession of humanity that the work represents.
The sculpture summarises the archetypal dualism of the human being: instinct and utopia, the basic concept of Gallo’s research. The figures embody this antithetical duality through the dynamic position of their bodies as against the static position of the nape. Through their torsion, the heads of the “Jugglers” recall the emblematic position of the thinker, charging the entire work with an energy in progress that precedes an action that cannot be completed. The composition is made up of twelve silhouettes, appealing to a numerical language dear to the artist: indeed, the number twelve indicates the completion of a cycle, the perfect totality.
‘I giocolieri dell’armonia’ is a work that speaks of territory to the territory, telling the story of some of the peoples who crossed the Maremma in the past, contributing to the richness and cultural heritage of the region.
Realized in collaboration with Mar. Sid. Maremmana Siderurgica and La Barca.