The traditional artwork of the Madonnari arrives in Conflenti: Tiberio and Marta Mazzocchi paint the Virgin of Visora

Conflenti – The traditional artwork of the Madonnari reaches the small village of Reventino. To revive it Tiberio Mazzocchi and his daughter Marta. The 2 Lombard artists painted with chalk of their arms Madonna of the Oak of Visora. The initiative is a part of the 2022 version of “Pleased & Conflenti” the pageant that invades the village till July 30 with conventional music, workshops, conferences and tastings. This yr, to counterpoint the occasion, the presence of the Madonnari masters: a “poor” however valuable sacred artwork that in the present day is barely carried out by a couple of artists on this planet. A ardour that Tiberio additionally handed on to his daughter, a lover of festivals and Conflenti, drew his father into this new troublesome journey. The work was in truth carried out immediately on the sampietrini, one of the troublesome surfaces to work, and solely with the powder “within the purest historic artwork”, with none liquid that acted as glue. The resilience of the work relies on atmospheric phenomena, the wind can simply take away some particulars, and the rain spoils the design. An artwork that’s as ephemeral as it’s fascinating. The 2 labored for a number of days and the result’s wonderful.


“I reinterpret sacred artwork in a contemporary key”

“Bringing this artwork again into the current” is the intention of the Madonna Grasp. Here is how he recounts his beginnings within the business, which befell across the 2000s: “I realized this artwork on the road, trying on the different Madonnari as if it had been a category… I noticed a Madonnaro working, and I used to be shut by to observe him. Studying is a really lengthy course of. The approach is kind of troublesome: it’s important to work on surfaces akin to asphalt, stone and on this case cobblestones, that are very treacherous. You need to have such a capability to attract, it stops (between one stone and the opposite) and you could think about it as if it had been complete, however with out seeing it.

Marta can also be an autodidact: “I additionally began participating in festivals as a younger lady. I watched the Madonna like my father and slowly this ardour was born in me too”. Collectively additionally they share the for the music. There are numerous similarities between music and Madonnara artwork, Marta explains: Each are ephemeral. Within the sense that the work solely endures if you happen to {photograph} it and the music if you happen to document it, however then trying on the {photograph} or listening to the music is just not the identical as seeing and listening to it stay.

Mazzocchi explains this method: “It’s a purely Italian artwork. It is very uncommon outdoors of Italy, it does not exist anymore… I’ve additionally been to Germany and America Little Italy the place I’ve performed massive festivals like Baltimore, however I am not very focused on that sort of artwork overseas.” The artist has thus give you a brand new key to attracting new generations and being appreciated past borders: “My specialization, along with commissioned sacred work, akin to on this case that I’ve to color the native Madonna, I principally reinterpret Sacred artwork in a contemporary and up to date tone, I replace it and carry it again to 2022 with new content material and new messages. Reinterpreting sacred artwork and bringing it again to the current. I can even try this in Germany and America. These figures thus carry a really exact and complicated message”. All this by not portray sacrilegious photos, however combining completely different components and entrusting essential messages to the work. Exterior of Italy, this artwork is now a part of the road artwork.


“Being Madonnari is a lifestyle”

“The primary Madonnari – he continues – are mentioned to have come from Veneto. Then, over time, they moved south, primarily to Apulia, as a result of these traditions had been considerably misplaced within the north. After the Nineteen Seventies, on the Pageant delle Grazie in Curtatone, within the province of Mantua, the organizers tried to deliver collectively all of the Madonnari who had scattered a little bit. And from that got here a little bit little bit of this story of the Madonnari who took half in crucial festivals on this planet. At this pageant, which historically takes place on August 15, there are dozens of Madonnas who all work collectively, beginning within the afternoon they work 24 hours a day”. Folks choose to work within the evenings and at night time, additionally as a result of the asphalt can burn their fingers, “it is a very tiring and tiring job,” says Marta, who explains how the historic Madonnari did it for work, recalling: “straccetto and Pino (two madonnari who they’re now not round) they actually lived a life on the road Now, through the years, research are additionally made on this artwork, many individuals who observe it have studied and labored artistically. However it nonetheless stays one thing conventional, a bit like conventional music.” As a result of being Madonnari “is a lifestyle”.

Mantua is subsequently crucial pageant nationally and internationally, however there are additionally different essential festivals akin to in Nocera Inferiore or in Calabria in Taurianova, San Costantino Albanese during which the 2 artists have participated. Not solely festivals, prize competitions and participation in patronal festivals are organized in several international locations of Italy. Marta remembers her expertise in Borgo Ticino, the place a big Conflent neighborhood lives, the place she additionally considered creating the Madonna. A job that’s normally performed individually, however created in pairs, as on this case: “We now have a division of roles. The work is private and the collaboration creates one other dimension, area administration should happen. On this Madonnara artwork he paints from prime to backside and there must be a coordination from a bodily perspective as properly.

In Conflenti, subsequently, after the large mural depicting a baby portray and a guide sought by the younger affiliation “Libramenti”, these days one can admire the work of the Madonnari who, in a short while, have created most of the particulars that Madonna della Quercia of Visora.




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