The visual douplication of the main image is used as a device to symbolize the critical analysis made by LIUBA on faiths and religions, which are invited to reflect upon themselves – which lies at the center of
Moreover, from an aesthetic point of view, the presence of a main body and a strip of underlying images delineates two fields of distinct tensions – a horizontal space and a vertical space – reflecting the tensions between the earthly and the spiritual world.
In the series, also the different colors have a symbolical role: a common thread between the various Polyptycs
is in fact the color orange, the sacred color of the East, which is accompanied by a dialectic of tensions between warm colors and cold colors and between the different use of white and black – a dialectic of opposites that calls into question the concept of ‘infallibility’ that religions often assign to themselves.
, therefore, expand and rework what is contained within the live performances, focusing also on the individual details of each of them; with a particular attention to the objects used in the performances, such as, for example, the dress worn by LIUBA. The dress has been especially designed for this project, and it is able to transform its function in order to be used to pray different religions rituals – shifting from a nun garment to the puffed Buddhist trousers, or again from the veil like that of Muslim women (longer than that of the nuns) to the brooch with the Jewish Torah on the sleeve.
The same attention to detail is towards the hands of the artist, who during the performance move in different ways to pray the different rituals of different faiths.
The Finger and the Moon
is a work-in-progress site specific and interactive project involving several media. It’s about spirituality, respect, tolerance, doubt, human beings and differences. It’s a project of open questions. It’s about the importance of spirituality in life and the danger of fanaticism. It’s about social and anthropological issues as well.