Polvere che gira /

Each particle of dust can be considered as the crystallization of a long process of a continuous transformation that carries with it an exclusive path and memory.

The dust whirls, and its almost invisible size (made up of thousands of grains that we do not perceive with the naked eye) makes us part of this fascination to grasp and use the smallest and most intangible units: the graphene nano-particle, the Higgs boson, the “intelligent dust”… Or what information and what original testimony can the micro-particles that came off from a hammer blow that Piero Cannata – in an act of iconoclasm – gave to the second finger of left foot of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s David. This question is what underpins the Martellata_14.09.91 project and is at the beginning of a line of research by the artist on dust as elementary matter and its memory in the form of particles.

Through Polvere che gira formalizes her research through a (partially hidden) device that, when a spectator enters the room, emits a silent burst of dust and forms an ephemeral cloud that gently descends. When the particles fall, they continue to move with the movements of the visitors and the air currents and – taking advantage of their volatile and almost uncontrollable capacity – they will end up mixing with the sediments of the building or disappear outdoors. And without making a sound, it will disperse, accumulate, sediment and erode, again, gathering information along the way.

Work co-produced with Hangar, Visual Arts Production and Research Centre; and with the support of Sorigué Foundation.


Here an interview about Polvere che gira by the Sorigué Foundation.