Syncretic Niche

The center of Castrignano is full of niches, engraved in the stone of local buildings, which once hosted small statues of Catholic saints.

From the beginning of the 21st century, Castrignano’s diverse ethnic population began to use these niches to house their own religious and pagan idols, sometimes replacing the old ones, other times simply pairing them with the original.

This Syncretic Niche hosts a mix of sacred and profane images: saints, sacred animals, journeys, memories and web memes. It’s a metamorphic reinterpretation of popular iconography that combines hagiography, oral tradition and hybrid visual cultures to create a contemporary and multiform Olympus.

Materials

niche
projection

Ethnographers

Marta Cecconi
Gian Paolo Delfino

Sources

B. Albatros
Signora Anna

2030

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