LOCATION: Venice | ITA
TYPOLOGY: Glass artwork
MuranoGlass beyond the barricades is an exhibition organized for The Venice Glass Week 2018 which aims to show the interpretation skills of glass: its innovative power in representing and confronting contemporary themes in a shattering way.
13 Murano glass factories transformed something ugly, heavy and colorless (new jersey barriers) in a beautiful, light and colorful Murano glass objects. The following artworks have been designed in collaboration with Matteo Silverio
GLASS FACTORY: GIANNI SEGUSO
Zeus held a banquet in celebration of the marriage of Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles). However, Eris, goddess of discord was not invited, for it was believed she would have made the party unpleasant for everyone. Angered by this snub, Eris arrived at the celebration with a golden applefrom the Garden of the Hesperides, which she threw into the proceedings as a prize of beauty.
Three goddesses claimed the apple: Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. They asked Zeus to judge which of them was fairest, and eventually he, reluctant to favor any claim himself, declared that Paris, a Trojan mortal, would judge their cases.
After failing to judge their beauty with their clothing on, the three goddesses stripped nude to convince Paris of their worthiness. While Paris inspected them, each attempted with her powers to bribe him; Hera offered to make him king of Europe and Asia, Athena offered wisdom and skill in war, and Aphrodite, who had the Charites and the Horaito enhance her charms with flowers and song, offered the world's most beautiful woman, Helen of Sparta.
Paris accepted Aphrodite's gift and awarded the apple to her, receiving Helen as well as the enmity of the Greeks and especially of Hera. The Greeks' expedition to retrieve Helen from Paris in Troy is the mythological basis of the Trojan War.
In Discordia the new jersey barrier is turned upside down making it lose the symbolic meaning of street-barrier and transforming it into the table of discord of the wedding banquet of Teti and Pelio. Finely decorated, it hosts the dishes and glasses of Hera, Athena and Aphrodite on one side, and the golden apple on the other side. This invisible but perceptible line of separation brings the concept of “conflict” to a further level of representation: between divine and human, between ephemeral and real.
Photo: Gioia Seguso