Foam rubber, ceramic, mixed media
30.03.12 | 25.06.12
Gerardo Di Fiore
God save the Queen
God Save the Queen is the title Gerardo Di Fiore has given his exhibition at Madre Museum and also the title of a work specially made for this show. Using the title of the hymn belonging by traditions to all territories of the British Empire, the artist extends these boundaries to draw on a deeper meaning and identifying the "Queen" of the hymn with Mother Earth or all the Queens threatened by human egoism, with reference to the verse: “ O Lord God arises/ Scatter our enemies,/ And make them fall. / Confound their knavish tricks/ Confuse their politics, / On thee our hopes we fix.” The Queen is also a tiger surrounded by sterile foam rubber trees, a metaphor for a wild nature surrounded and almost stifled by extraneous, artificial, polluting and dangerous elements,. The title is also a tribute to Madre Museum which stands for “Museum of contemporary Art DonnaREgina”.
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