AlbumArte, an independent space for contemporary art in Rome, presents the solo exhibition of Romina Bassu (Rome 1982) entitled “Arché”, which, in addition to the exhibition, will include a series of workshops, guided tours and debates involving various communities active in the area.
The initiative is financed with funds from the Lazio Region.
The archetype is a content of the collective unconscious, which determines the tendency to react and perceive reality according to typical forms, constant in different cultural groups and historical periods. The archetypes, contained in the deepest levels of the unconscious, are never directly accessible, but emerge in figurative language, myths, dream symbols, folkloric representations, all manifestations that can be used in analytical therapy to investigate the way in which the collective unconscious shapes the fundamental forms of adaptation, so they become social conditioning.
The artist intends to enter into profound contact with these figures of mythology, relating to each one in order to synthesise it and poetically trace a path of rehabilitation of the stereotype and profound self-care, which is precious in this very difficult moment in which we have all become more fragile and upset, because rediscovering and legitimising the goddesses within one's own personality represents an enormous potential for interpreting oneself and social interactions. Myth, in fact, evokes images that, even if not immediately understood, as in dreams, remain important on a symbolic level. Greek mythology reflects the patriarchal society of the time, which has continued in various forms until recent times. In this project we will analyse the influence that these myths have had on the development of female psychology, questioning which Goddesses, or their traits, our culture does not support - for example Aphrodite belittled for her sensuality and condemned to represent, in time, simply the prostitute.
Activating the archetypes within oneself and putting them in dialogue with each other means carrying out a reconnaissance of identity as opposed to the ideological stereotypes delivered by historical tradition. Rediscovering and legitimising the goddesses within one's own personality represents an enormous potential for the reading of oneself and of social interactions; this awareness is fixed in one's relations with others, giving rise to the ethics of collective responsibility.
The project foresees an intense interaction with the territory and the communities, through a dense agenda of appointments during the exhibition.