We started to understand the ABCD of Virgilio Sieni starting with A as Architecture, today we will explore Archeology, a word that Sieni usually used to mention during his work…
«Archeology comes to us through a pile of rubble, of perceptions that consider the figure constantly incomplete, always imperfect. My thought goes to the sculptures of ancient Greece, to the cut off busts that we see today. The image of Archeology is the one of a time that has gone.
Instead when I talk about Archeology I look at the past.
I consider everything that belongs to an archeological system, full of life.
A skeleton for example represents an archeological context for me. The first Man is within the skeleton, we are formed by our bone system that originates surely some time BC. So we include the first Man within ourselves. I feel that we are part of the whole, of a whole that we still include yet. We own Archeology.
Certainly Archeology notices the entire passage of the ages, that come to us in our contemporary time.
I am refering to Archeology as something important to look at, not a dead system, but one that I am interested in and that may nourish me.
Many things are lost and sometimes we just read them and that’s all.
Think of when you will say: “In 2010 the people lazed” and no one will know what laziness is. Sometimes when I see some communities that practice idleness, I admire that attitude but I feel that I am no longer prepared for it, at the contrary I’m looking to a continuom. I feel this as a loss of freedom, I lost the “being able to laze”.
So Archeology constantly reminds me of the things that we have lost completely, completely.
Our skeleton arrived at this point thanks to a growth within stratification, within the development of many elements, waste and wrong movement attempts.
So Archeology informs us of all the attempts of mankind to arrive perhaps to today’s tragedy, to all of today’s rubble.
Perhaps Archeology can once more represent a way to catch the light in this darkness. Archeology has this faculty of “lucicanza”.
I’m not interested in the idea of a recovery, to bring to light who knows what, but I am interested in what was once owned by all. It is as if Archeology informs us again that there is no private property.
The concept of Archeology is tightly attached to Man’s original times, I like to think exaclty at this time so extended, beyond the life we’re living in this moment, we are nothing, we are experiencing and then…»