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curated by Claudio Cravero

Andrea Caretto | Raffella Spagna, Céromancie: sept questions au fleuve Rhone, 2011

March 14 - May 4, 2014

Artworks by Géraldine Py & Roberto Verde, Marie Velardi, Amit Mahanti and Ruchika Negi (Frame Works), Andrea Caretto|Raffaella Spagna.

The title of the exhibition, SIC VOS NON VOBIS (For you but not yours), refers to a historical anecdote in which the Latin poet Virgil would have publicly answered to an act of plagiarism of his work. But it is also a quote often engraved or carved on some public fountains in several Italian cities. However, Sic Vos Non Vobis exhibition doesn’t refer to Virgil’s anecdote. It becomes a “reminder” recalling the value of water natural flow and its free availability to citizens. Therefore, water is “for you, but not yours”. Then, water is a common good, and it is intertwined in those fights - as described by Indian author Vandana Shiva (Water Wars) - related to the principles underpinning water democracy and the political conflicts of water privatization and distribution.
In the group show, the artworks (installations, drawings and video) display a sort of cartography of water, from a representative and narrative perspective, and especially in a cognitive sense. And the artworks show the “game of the tensions playing” in the water political control. It is a field of forces that stretches and puts water “half way” between being considered an untouchable common good or a mere “object” of profit.

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Géraldine Py & Roberto Verde, Robinet, 2006/2014

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