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HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION COMES TO AN END IN THE CITY OF BANYULE VIC.
Beyond the Masks – by the Sardinian Cultural Association
An exciting journey of discovery of the archaic masks, costumes and rites of pre-Christian Sardinia.
· Presented by Banyule City Council and the Sardinian Cultural Association of Melbourne (SCA), with support from the Autonimous Region of Sardinia
· Photographs by Luca Pisci
· Curated and designed by Paola Steri
The SCA, one of the many Cultural Groups within Banyule's rich Multucultural Community, is proud and thankfull to have partnered with Banyule Council, in presenting this Exhibition, which has only recenly closed, in the context of the "Storytellers From the Banyule Art Collection - Autumn/Winter Banyule Arts & Culture Program".
It is not the first time that the SCA has collaborated with Banyule Council, as in 2009 a simmillar partnerhip saw the painting of the Mural titled "The Continuing Journey", which still resides at the Post Office car park wall of Rosanna Village in Rosanna.
Many thanks go to Paola and Luca, two relatively recent young Sardinian arrivals, for their dedication, passion and efforts in presneting you “Su Carrasegare / Beyond the Masks"
This Exhibition, which followed the equallhy successfull one of the same theme held at COASIT's Italan Museum in Carlton earlier in the year, took you in an exciting journey of discovery of the beliefs and rites of pre-Christian Sardinia. You will see powerful images of the archaic masks and costumes still used today during Carnival, su Carrasegare, in the villages of Barbagia in the Sardinian Island, in Italy. The etymological study of the origin of Sardinian words assists us recapture the long lost meanings associated with these haunting masks, costumes and rituals.
The 12 fascinating photographs realised by the photograph Luca Pisci want to tell something hidden until now and recently discovered thanks to the support of “Progetto Sa Sartiglia” and the analysis of the prof. Dedola (https://sasartiglia.com), source of inspiration for the photograph who soon we’ll be back in Italy to realise the second reportage about the carnival masks.
The project has been achieved thanks to Paola Steri, Graphic Designer with has curated this exhibition in collaboration with Banyule council and thanks to the Sardinian Cultural Association which, during the Opening night, some members of them will wear the folkloristic costumes of their Island.
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Luca Pisci (1986) has always been fascinated by the mysteries of his native land, Sardinia. He is currently engaged in a major project devoted to Sardinian culture, of which this exhibition is part. (https://lucapisci.com ) Paola Steri is an Italian graphic designer, originally from Sardinia, who has organised events for several institutions and coucil and now she is managing her own advertising agency. ( http://paolasteri.com )