Cover your ears and you will hear fire
Ivan Gallery

The exhibition starts from the idea that we, as human bengs, were formed and lived, for tens of thousands of years, a good deal of our time gathered together, staring at something so mysterious as fire, that hypnotizes and feeds the imagination. It has a dual nature: it protects us from the hostile universe around us, from frost and beasts, but it is also wild and destructive. Fire is profoundly metaphysical: it is in fact the only element that makes the nothing visible, burning things until they disappear into nothingness; hinting, maybe, at something beyond them. I think here may lay the origin of the "numinous feeling", of the sacred: a community gathered around something that is beyond understanding, terrifying and capricious, but nevertheless something that makes life possible and protects it.