Exhibition: November 24th – December 18th 2012
Opening with Performance: November 23rd, at 7 pm.
with Alessandro Sau, Cristina Meloni, Rugiada Cadoni, Igor Muroni
Developed by Giovanni Casu
Curated by Giusy Sanna

Tour with the Curator: 2.12.2012, 4 pm.

What is cultural heritage? What does it mean to belong to a certain culture? The exhibition project Empirical Survey on a Heritage is working on possible answer towards those questions. The main object of investigation is the Sardinian culture and the works of 4 artists mantaining a very complex and different relation with Sardinia and its heritage.

Alessandro Sau and Cristina Meloni were born and raised in Sardinia. In 2012 they got seleced for the 3 month-residency, established by berlin-island programm in collaboration with Culturia (www. culturia.de)
Rugiada Cadoni from y Liver and Igor Muroni represent artists with Sardinian migration backround. Their families´ origins are in Sardinia, but both of them were born elsewhere and never lived in the country of their parents. However they feel contected with Sardinian habits and costums through the tradition, that was passed on in their families.

Is it possible that common roots leave a track that goes beyond the geography, beyond the genetics? In the case of Sardinia, there has been a strong motivation of distinction from the culture of the italian mainland. The cultural heritage of Sardinia, consisting in physical artifacts such as an typical architecutre and tangible culture such as folklore, Sardinian language and natural heritage is therefore an important element in this artistic research.
Empirical Survey on a Heritage is the second and concluding part of berlin-island programm, a trilogy of projects about Sardinian culture. This trilogy started in 2010 with the residence- and exhibition- project Genau, Sardinia! and continued in 2011 with Holiday Island. The implementation of the concept has been made possible by the Sardisches Kulturzentrum Berlin (center for Sardinian Culture). The entire project has been developed by Giovanni Casu and curated by Giusy Sanna.

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