Opening: Friday 9 September 2022
Exhibition duration: 9-17.9.2022
Location: Mercato Centrale Milano, Italy
Curator: Sabino Maria Frassà
Participating artists: Marta Abbott, Anouk Chambaz, Benedetto Ferraro, Gaetano Frigo, Simone Giai, Rossana La Verde, Giovanni Longo, Martina Merlini, Giulia Nelli, Lucrezia Zaffarano.Letizia Cariello, Stefano Cescon, Franco Guerzoni, Peggy Kliafa, H.H. Lim, Franco Mazzucchelli, Fulvio Morella, Luca Pignatelli, Francesca Piovesan
Peggy Kliafa participates with the artwork:
“ARMORY SHIELD – PLACEBO SERIES”
2018 • Aluminum pills blisters, aluminum sheet, plexiglass, silicone, led light, cable
Φ100cm x 4,5 cm
The international exhibition “La Caduta” (The Fall) is open from 9 to 17 September 2022 at the Mercato Centrale Milano (inside the Central Station). The exhibition is curated by Sabino Maria Frassà and it presents 10 works by the finalists of the 9th Edition of the Cramum Prize alongside those of internationally renowned artists (out of competition). This year the artists invited are: Letizia Cariello (Letia), Stefano Cescon (winner of the previous edition Cramum Prize), Franco Guerzoni, Peggy Kliafa (Greece), H.H. Lim (China), Franco Mazzucchelli, Fulvio Morella, Luca Pignatelli and Francesca Piovesan.
On 9 September the Jury will also name the winner of the Prize, who will enjoy a series of exhibitions and publications. The winner will also receive the “cube”, symbol of the award, this year made by Marini Marmi in Ceppo di Gré. Thanks to the new collaboration with ArtBite, the Special Prize Bite&Go&Cramum will also be awarded on 9 September.
The finalists of the Award are: Marta Abbott (Czech Republic), Anouk Chambaz (Switzerland), Benedetto Ferraro, Gaetano Frigo, Simone Giai, Rossana La Verde, Giovanni Longo, Martina Merlini, Giulia Nelli, Lucrezia Zaffarano.
The exhibition and its related publication “THE FALL, How to Fall High” were conceived as a choral reflection on today starting from the novel The Fall written by Albert Camus in 1956.
The curator of the exhibition Frassà explains that “as in the early years of the Cold War we relive in a crescendo of tension for which the fall seems looming, inexorable and inevitable. What to do: close your eyes, record what’s happening or intervene? This exhibition tries to make us reflect on these sensitive issues, without giving certain answers, but wanting to stimulate “good doubts”.
Especially, Peggy Kliafa’s artwork entitled “Armory Shield” approaches the subject of fall through the phrase “Return either with your shield or on it” (Plutarch, Moralia 241). It is a very famous quote from the rich Greek ancient history referring to the saying of mothers to their sons in Sparta when going to war. Spartan warriors could either return from the battle victorious or dead in order to be respected. In other words, they could either win or “fall” on the battlefield. The loss of Self-respect is also the cause of “The Fall” of the main character in the famous Camus’ novel. Self-respect is the ultimate medicine, the shield which encourages and motivates us to face life’s challenges.
This edition of the Cramum Award is made possible thanks to the collaboration of Cramum with the Mercato Centrale Milano as well as: Istituto Confucio dell’Università degli Studi di Milano, Associazione Marmisti della Regione Lombardia, Marini Marmi Srl, Studio Museo Francesco Messina, The Art Talk, ArtBite, Cantina Giacinto Gallina and Ama Nutri Cresci.