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32 Square Meters of the sea (mediterranean)
The project is inspired by 32 Square Meters of Mare Circa (1967) by Pino Pascali
Nicola Guastamacchia, 32 metri quadri di mare (Mediterraneo), 2021, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Tunisi
9 December 2021
18:00 – 20:00
the work consists of 27 square steel tanks - as many as the EU member countries – containing coloured water with different concentrations of red pigment.
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The project is inspired by 32 Square Meters of Mare Circa (1967) by Pino Pascali and reflects on the impossibility, nowadays, of imagining and representing the Mediterranean Sea without considering the tragic migration crisis. Appropriating the title and format of Pascali’s work with some variations, the work consists of 27 square steel tanks - as many as the EU member countries – containing coloured water with different concentrations of red pigment. Aniline, the blue dye used by Pascali to colour the water, spontaneously oxidizes over time, turning dark red. This side effect of the chemical is the pretext to reflect on how we, contemporary Europeans, imagine our Sea, and on whether it is possible to detach the thought of it from that of the many lost migrants.

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