Tomás Saraceno's new project arrives in Syracuse, in the archaeological area of Neapolis

In the monumental area of Neapolis in Syracuse arrives from July 29 Tomás Saraceno's new site-specific project, AnarcoAracnoAnacro.

Tomás Saraceno ’s project entitled AnarcoAracnoAnacro arrives in Syracuse, in themonumental area of Neapolis.

The Argentine artist of Italian origin who lives and works in Berlin is considered among the major players in the international contemporary art scene and one of the most influential activists for the preservation of the planet. In the exhibition AnarcoAracnoAnacro Saraceno presents a multimedia project designed and created specifically for the Syracusan site, one of the most important archaeological complexes in the Mediterranean with an area of about 240,000 square meters that includes the Greek Theater, the so-called Sanctuary of Apollo Temenite, the Ara of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, the latomie of Paradise, Intagliatella and Santa Venera, up to the so-called Tomb of Archimedes. This is the first time the artist has brought his own project to life here.

From July 29, 2021 to January 30, 2022, the traditional archaeological routes of Neapolis will be involved in Saraceno’s experimental narrative journey. Composed of several chapters, located at numerous points far apart, the exhibition builds its own sensory and semiotic world, evolving like a veritable life-form over the months. Archaeology, ecology, arachnomancy, art and social activism will dialogue, weaving new visual poetics.

Curated by Paolo Falcone, and promoted by the Sicilian Region - Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, the Archaeological and Landscape Park of Syracuse, Eloro, Villa del Tellaro and Akrai, the exhibition is produced and organized by Civita Sicilia in collaboration with Studio Tomás Saraceno, INDA - National Institute of Ancient Drama and Accademia d’Arte del Dramma Antico.

The exhibition is conceived as a narrative device aimed at multiplying the stories told by the archaeological site and intends to question the centrality of human history, particularly that of the West, which finds its founding moment precisely in the classical era. The web, arachnomancy, evocation and reinterpretation of myths, as well as the concept of metamorphosis become guiding concepts for rethinking and rediscovering theinterweaving of life forms, timelines and symbiopoietic networks that animate the area, bringing the public’s attention to turn to those who have inhabited it for millions of years, such as the 46 species of spiders found within. Arachronicities and anthropochronies, geo-histories and hydro-histories, hybrid and post-human mythologies narrate the urgencies of the present through oracular languages and imperceptible vibrations, asking visitors to pay attention to the webs of life that connect us to our surrounding ecologies and to recognize the responsibility needed to stop the destructive cycle of the Capitalocene.

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Image: Tomás Saraceno, AnarcoAracnoAnacro. Ph.Credit Olimpia Cavriani

Tomás Saraceno's new project arrives in Syracuse, in the archaeological area of Neapolis
Tomás Saraceno's new project arrives in Syracuse, in the archaeological area of Neapolis

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