Art: ancient and modern Med 'monsters' in Rome

'Same beach, same sea' by Cristiano Carotti on migrants

04 December, 15:33

    ROME - From the ancient monsters of Scilla and Cariddi to the contemporary ones of ''closed ports'', the Mediterranean is once again perceived by the public opinion as a symbol of fear and a threat - emotions that the sea used to spark in seamen before modernity, according to an exhibit in Rome. And for some, the monsters to be chased are those crossing the Mediterranean aboard unseaworthy vessels, looking for a better future in Italy and Europe. These themes are at the center of ''Stessa spiaggia, stesso mare'' (Same beach, same sea), an exhibit on the work of Terni artist Cristiano Carotti at the White Noise Gallery in Rome, with 20 artworks on display in Rome until December 22.

    Curated by Eleonora Aloise and Carlo Maria Lolli Ghetti, ''Stessa spiaggia, stesso mare'' includes art focusing on research on the Mediterranean and the most recent migration affecting it. The artwork ''Seagull SS17'' is at the center of the show: a paddle boat, a popular holiday icon, turned into an armed vehicle, militarized and transformed into a dangerous instrument to show the double face of xenophobic phenomena connected to populist movements. It is the ideal vehicle for a citizen to deal with a sea that is once again perceived by some as inhabited by mythological monsters - migrants.

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