by Enzo Distinto
curated by Valentina Apicerni
November - Dicember 2019
"Wall Water" is the trace of two rivers that intersect, the Sebeto, the secret river of Naples that born from Monte Somma crossed the city and poured into the Mediterranean, and the Nile. The rivers are represented as two walls of water that rise upwards, forming a liquid surface with gradual colors that change from green to yellow, symbolizing the meeting between different civilizations, unified by a common element that marks the utopian disappearance political boundaries between countries and allows you to view the Earth as a single large continent, freely crossed by all.
The artistic research of Enzo Distinto starts from cartography, from the study of geographic and hydrographic maps on which he works with sculptures and sculptural compositions giving new configurations to cities and borders. This overlap of real — existing territories— and imaginary — possible territories— is also reflected in the stratification of the reading planes: they are mental and non-geographical spaces.
History and legend, places and non-places, the geopolitical and sacred dimensions, memory and current events flow together in its traces of the Sebeto and the Nile. Because they are the symbolic traces of two river divinities and two continents, of the ancient intercultural dialogue between peoples and of their mobility across the Mediterranean: here the barriers are only a wall of water.
“Enzo incorporates all these aspects into an extremely poor installation of poor art, made of marble scraps, steel bars and water. What used to be a blocked passage is now even more blocked, so that every movement must be conscious. Everyone is obliged to have their own experience of stone waste. Everyone has to negotiate with the old walls [...] It is the kind of exhibition that makes you want to experience it in yourself, and everyone is rewarded by the impossibility of doing it "Jimmie Durham
On the end of the exhibition's finishing, a monograph on "Wall Water" and on the works that Enzo Distinto has dedicated to the element of water over the years will be presented. An editorial project by the Made in Cloister Foundation and lemme edizioni, with the contributions of Valentina Apicerni, Jimmie Durham and Angela Tecce.