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The Journey of the aura of the black stone of Cyprus

Please find here a short documentation of my work in three lines of research that are indeed the result of a  kind of “unplanned arbitrariness” as Adorno point out. You will find it following the index works on the menu here above.

After 2013 my practice began to develop around the idea of the grey point as possibility of a new beginning. The research about its modernist ancestor lead to the discovery of the iron powder which can be found on Sardinian and Japanese beaches after a tempestuous night. As direct consequence, I followed the necessity to touch some stones and objects in order to verify time and tried to draw the horizon with the sun on the island of Thera.

Take your time for your visit here. I would even like to offer you a glass of sparkling water to make it more pleasant. But since these works need your physical presence to appear in your time, I hope to see you during a studio-visit in my atelier in Berlin or during the next exhibition.


Here a short vorspeise

I see the origin of the irresistible attraction of metaphor and analogy, the explanation of our strange and permanent need to find similarities in things. I can scarcely refrain from suspecting some ancient, diffused magnetism; a call from the center of things; a dim, almost lost memory, or perhaps a presentiment, pointless in so puny a being, of a syntax. The writing of stones (L’ecriture des pierres, 1970), Roger Caillois.


The journey of the aura of the black stone of Cyprus project is based on an investigation about value and aura. Following “on having been here” works on stones touching, I end up in 2019 in Paphos in front of one the most important stone of ancient world, it (she) was like a carsic river emerging overground from cave.

The black stone is now exhibited in a small room in Palaipafou Museum (Kouklia). The project wants to be also an opportunity to initiate a re-valorisation of the object that was one of the most important of ancient world.