Reconnaissance Spirit - Fabulae Romanae

Studio Orta - 7009
Studio Orta - 7009

Date: 2012
Ref: 7000.09
Materials: Silk, cotton, various textiles, webbing, steel structure, resin
Dimensions: Dimensions floor & height variable, (Diameter parachute each 110cm; Mannequin 165 x 120 x 60cm)
Exhibition history: 2012 MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts Rome
Courtesy: Collection Ermengildo Zegna

Fabulae Romanae is the title of a filmed-performance and a major exhibition of Lucy and Jorge Orta's site-specific performances in the city of Rome. In the film, the artists depict a symbolic excursus across Rome through the eyes of a series of ethereal characters –genius loci–. These spirits draw from archaeological and historical research, and observations on the cultural and social map of the city and interrogate social, anthropological and philosophical themes.

The spirits perform intimate rituals in the streets and monuments of Rome, they become contemporary sentinels, who silently interact with the city’s landscape. Throughout their meanderings, the spirits are guided by a poem written by eco-poet Mario Petrucci specifically to accompany their journey. The verses narrated in Italian and English weave story-telling layers into each scenario.

Fabulae Romanae was commissioned by ZegnArt, for the artists solo exhibition at the MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts Rome (22 March – 23 September 2012). It was supported by the University of the Arts London Centre for Sustainable Fashion, with the assistance of designers Mio Jin, Lara Torres, Oliver Ruuger, Sum Yu Li.