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Testi di: Giorgio Bonomi e di Valentina Gramiccia
ONE WORD IS A LITTLE... EVEN TWO... OR THREE di Valentina Gramiccia - 2010
According to a statistical study, considered some years ago by Tullio De Mauro, five Italians in one hundred don't know how to distinguish one letter from another, one number from another. Thirty-eight know how, but are only able to decipher some numbers and read, with difficulty some lines of a printed card. Thirty-three are above this standard but get stuck in front of a simple graph and, even worse, completely fail when confronted with letters from a text with a complete sense, such as if abstract ideas are described or, even worse, theories that require a minimum of effort.
Put simply, Italy is a country where culture and, therefore, awareness and self-consciousness are luxurious "options". And, furthermore, this situation is not so very different compared to the rest of the Western so-called civilized world.
Adele Lotito is an important Roman painter who frequents an iconic universe made up of alphabet letters (not only Italian) and numbers (not only Arabic) and musical notes. She, therefore, speaks out clearly and adamantly, and does so with talent, precision and lightness and no superficiality, and in an exquisitely feminine way.
It seems that she's trying to decode the well-described view of De Mauro, because the alphabet-numerical horizon she has chosen is suspended within a cloud of smoke that outlines the aniconic borders of a chaos far from the cosmos.
It is a disorder that, uselessly, is trying to become ordered.
In fact, Lotito works on large surfaces, mainly aluminium, where, lying on her back, using the smoke from a candle, she creates the sought-after anomia of her paintings.
Not sentences with a complete sense, but numbers or letters, at the most a word, or notes, placed randomly, waiting, maybe, for a modern creator to put them into an order and recover the lost or forgotten meaning. In ancient times, the truth lay in the being (Iperuranio), in modern times in the human reason (Cartesian), while, instead, in contemporary times in the language.
Instead, for Heidegger, "language is at home with being". The recovery of this "reading of the world" is Adele Lotito's house-breaking tool. A tool used beyond any rhetoric, with the conceptual delicacy and precision of someone who throws out a 'la' – hopefully, with a musical note…- as if it were a smoke signal, a type of provocation in the silence, and the darkness, that believes in, at least, an echo of a response.