On the occasion of the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarian Regimes, at Palazzo Bo, in Padua, the Tuscan artist Franca Pisani has unveiled “Shoah, collective memory” , the artwork donated to the University of Padua, in the presence of the Rector, Rosario Rizzuto. Franca Pisani has created a diptych – two paintings measuring 150 x 100 cm each – painted on Lyon canvas with oxides and lacquer according to ancient techniques. Furthermore the artist has decided to insert a message in several languages (Hebrew, Italian and English) in her diptych – the phrase “Shoah, collective memory” – to reaffirm the strength of memory.
Franca Pisani said: “I decided to use an ancient technique, the paint on Lyon silk, floating and transparent as well as refined, which evokes in my works vague archaeological visions of humanity. In addition, I will include in the paintings the phrase “Shoah, collective memory'” written in Italian, in English and, of course, in Hebrew. In the end – the artist said – my work is a path in honor of who and what has been brutally destroyed, canceled. Only faced to this we can appeal to the memory, which transforms what is lost in tribute, into the investigation of tradition, and educates the generations. It will be an emotional journey “.
The artwork of Franca Pisani will find a definitive placement in the auditorium of the botanical garden of the University of Padua.
The next October, at the cultural center Altinate San Gaetano, in the former courtyard recently become a place for exhibitions and events, the artist will inaugurate a temporary exhibition of works and installations. The show will be dedicated to the memory of the “white rose”, the group of Christian students who opposed in a non-violent way to the German Nazi regime.