The Monferrato and Roero Woods, the limits imposed by confinement, the exploration of oneself and the natural environment, in a closed dialogue between the photographs of Tomaso Clavarino and the illustrations of Patrizio Anastasi, which confront each other, resemble each other, and overlap.
‘Ballad Of Woods And Wounds’ is a stream of consciousness, an investigation into pure places lived during a period of tension and disorientation, namely the lockdown in Italy, and over a defined period of time which, with little margin for error, runs from 9 March to 19 May 2020. Both artists, forced into social isolation in an environment of little to no anthropization, had the opportunity to redefine their gazes, limiting interpersonal exchanges and movement.
A short and intense journey of discovery, a reflection on society and contemporary living, a trace of a unique, perhaps unrepeatable time.
The artworks of Clavarino and Anastasi interweave, they talk to each other, as if they had been developed together. Clavarino's photographs are a personal and intimate narration of an inner tension, which speaks of his roots, of his relationship with a place that is important to him and full of memories. Anastasi's illustrations are a reflection on the exploration of the limit and one’s own limits, on the wait that allows one to focus on body and mind by creating a bridge, a connection, between the human being and the Nature that surrounds him.
‘Ballad Of Woods And Wounds’ is a sort of country ballad, in which you can breathe the earth, the smell of the forest, and where an almost melancholic stillness provides the backdrop to a broader reflection on the very essence of our nature.