Respice finem is a site specific installation specifically designed for the Straperetana exhibition. The work consists of the presentation of dozens of posters and is inspired by a motto reported on the architrave of a window of the village of Pereto (AQ) site of the exhibition. The text recounts AD FINE RESPIC that after a small research has been referred to the Latin motto “quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem” (Whatever you do, act with prudence and consider the consequences). The phrase is therefore an exhortation to prudence and responsibility. The idea of this work is to reactivate the phrase by referring it to the present of the territory. The posters combines the words with the photographs taken by the artist at the high school attended by him, the Art Institute of L’Aquila, strongly affected by the 2009 earthquake.
The work therefore aims to re-read the country’s “naive” custom of writing motifs and proverbs on the walls in a deeper and fatal sense, but also to reactivate the Latin motto apparently so far but also strongly current.
Respice finem, posters, 100x70 cm, 2017
Straperetana is born from an idea of Paola Capata and Delfo Durante. For the first edition, curated by Saverio Verini, 15 artists were invited, who made a series of interventions scattered in the village of Pereto. Dislocated dwellings, bars, disused rooms, but also lanes and streets: the project involves the whole country, with artists who interacted with the interior and exterior spaces through the use of different means of expression, from painting to installation, From photography to performance. The title of the exhibition, straperetana, alludes to a fierce "country" dimension, but extended, amplified. The comparison between the ancient rural village and the artist's vision creates a friction between tradition and contemporaneity; A dialogue contaminated by ancient and new energies together, capable of enhancing Pereto - his stories, his urban design - and the works here hosted for the occasion. All the works are measured with the features of the site, in terms of concepts and aesthetics, thanks to the numerous surveys carried out by artists over the past few months, which allowed them to come into contact with the context, approaching Pereto's history and uniqueness. Straperetana is also an opportunity to discover an unexpectedly rich history and heritage site located in a beautiful land border between Abruzzo and Lazio, just 70 kilometers from Rome. The artists participating in straperetana are: Giorgia Accorsi, Elena Bellantoni, Dario Carratta, Francesco Ciavaglioli, Adelaide Cioni, Giovanni de Cataldo, Matteo Fato, Fondazione Malutta, Fabio Giorgi Alberti, Matteo Nasini, Leonardo Petrucci, Calixto Ramírez Correa, Marta Roberti, Alessandro Vizzini, Maria Teresa Zingarello.