15 Apr 15 May 2009
A Lighthouse for Lampedusa!
A lighthouse equipped with a powerful beam could provide important support to those navigating at sea and reduce the danger of shipwreck. The light would also convey an important message to migrants: "We’re here, we aren’t hiding". For those living in Lampedusa the lighthouse could become a meeting place, exhibition space and a venue for conferences, concerts and other cultural events.
The building of the lighthouse will now be possible thanks to wide local and International support. Over the winter an initial model was presented at the dispari&dispari project exhibition space in Reggio Emilia. In Florence Thomas Kilpper has designed a model to be set within the outside area of Villa Romana. Furthermore other works by the artists are presented, among which two documentary videos and some large scale xylographs from London and Frankfurt.
Thomas Kilpper, born in 1956, is renown for his works that intervene with artistic readings of specific social and political contexts. His work has been shown in prestigious spaces such as the South London Gallery, the Generali Foundation in Vienna, the Schirn Kunsthalle, the Kunstverein in Frankfurt and the Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe. He is currently preparing an engraving on linoleum, in collaboration with Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, measuring 800 square metres and intended for the floor of the ex Ministry of State Security building (the Stasi) in East Germany.
Thanks to Andrea Sassi, dispari&dispari project, Reggio Emilia.