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Via Alessandro Paternostro, 75, 90133 Palermo, Italy
Pervilion is delighted to present a new work by Clementine Keith-Roach in the artisanal district of Kalsa, Palermo. As Italian Capital of Culture, host to Manifesta 12, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Palermo offers fertile ground for artistic interventions, and Keith-Roach taps into some of the city’s objects of worship.
‘Herm’ traces the confluence between antiquities and relics, accurate casts and false impressions. A key reference is the mutilation of Agatha, a patron saint of Sicily from the third century. Legend has it that as a young girl, the dedicated virgin refused to marry the Roman governor, and was tortured by having her breasts cut off. Keith-Roach explores the meaning of abstracted body parts in a series of impressions made in collaboration with Edizione Precarie, a local women’s collective of paper-makers. Items are stamped and vacuum-packed, like the hard cheeses in deli counters and market stalls – pre-empting their eventual journey out of Sicily in the circulation of consumables. Within their taut and transparent plastic packaging, the body parts shake off the dust of the reliquary and reveal the fetish of the hermetic seal.
Please join us in via Alessandro Paternosto for the opening libation.
Image: Herm, 2018 (detail) © Clementine Keith-Roach