Description

In this historical moment, communication plays an extremely important role. Our task is to be able to extricate ourselves within a dense jungle of news that surround us at all times, and interpret all this information to better understand what we are experiencing. I choose to associate my series of works called Nu Shu with this suggestion. It is precisely a series of works on language and communication, in particular it is a reflection on the dynamics of understanding a message. This work is inspired by the language called Nu Shu, a secret language created by women in antiquity in China in the Hunan region, unbeknownst to man, in order to communicate their memories and experiences with each other through embroidery on fans and clothes which were mistaken by man for simple decorations. Instead, they were encrypted messages that were handed down from generation to generation as a silent testimony of the female condition of that time. As a sculpture has different points of observation, this work also changes according to the observer's point of view until it changes completely both in appearance and meaning. The work is composed of a set of cotton strips, which recall the fans on which the messages were written, cut one by one and assembled making sure that only from a certain position you can see an oriental female face but, once lost that position, the "message" returns to be incomprehensible.

Alessandro Cardinale

Nu Shu XIII

Description

In this historical moment, communication plays an extremely important role. Our task is to be able to extricate ourselves within a dense jungle of news that surround us at all times, and interpret all this information to better understand what we are experiencing. I choose to associate my series of works called Nu Shu with this suggestion. It is precisely a series of works on language and communication, in particular it is a reflection on the dynamics of understanding a message. This work is inspired by the language called Nu Shu, a secret language created by women in antiquity in China in the Hunan region, unbeknownst to man, in order to communicate their memories and experiences with each other through embroidery on fans and clothes which were mistaken by man for simple decorations. Instead, they were encrypted messages that were handed down from generation to generation as a silent testimony of the female condition of that time. As a sculpture has different points of observation, this work also changes according to the observer's point of view until it changes completely both in appearance and meaning. The work is composed of a set of cotton strips, which recall the fans on which the messages were written, cut one by one and assembled making sure that only from a certain position you can see an oriental female face but, once lost that position, the "message" returns to be incomprehensible.