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La Pietà - PASSIONATE PULSION INDIGNATION LOVE


We are sadly all too accustomed to images and news of violence and abuses carryed out against the innocent, that another exhibition dedicated to these subjects might seem yet another intrusion in our natural right and tendency to seek those corners of peace and serenity that we all long for. Each of these etchings contains two key images that enable a better reading of the whole: on one side the violent act or its symbol brought to the headlines by the daily chronicle, and on the other, its opposite; the image that recalls and reminds us of our primordial state prior -violation, innocent, that is. The abyss of difference between "how it was ment to be" and the reality, is one of the elements that inspires this series of "La Pietà". In the same image there is the most famous "Pietà" by Michelangelo with the Madonna and her Son, together with a palestinian mother that gently caresses the head of her daughter dead 'by mistake' in a feud. A little girl that gracefully swings whilst on the background there's the scene of an orgy. A cart loaded with emaciated figures of children on 'the way back' from the lager together with two happy kids playing on the trycicle. The foot from which erupts a gun with the coranic verses from which the motivation of the jihad is interpreted, together with Christ's feet with the holes. The real theme infact is redemption carryed out by all - especially unaware innocents - in all possible ways through all times. The death and suffering of someone taken by surprise, or who is unaware and submits without understanding; the absolute astonishment and terror in front of the ferocity. Other than the obvious indignation, rage, we also feel an emotion of deep compassion in the buddhist sense of the term; a profound love soaked with an incomprehensible hope.
Giovanni Greppi

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SERIES ON LA PIETA' ETCHINGS

All works of the cycle ̉La PietàÓ by Giovanni Greppi, are multi-plate coloured etchings (one-of-a-kind) each cm. 41x55. The date that is also a title, refers to the day the work was completed.




These words appeared in red on a sign at the entrance of the church of Nyamata (Ruanda) were 10 thousands people were massacred between the 10th and the 15th of April 1994. When in 1997 it was decided to make of the church a place of remembrance, someone wrote this sentence at the entrance of the sanctuary.