Exhibition Arte Porta 2021 in Fiumicino Rome.
Boats are used in all times by people to move outside their borders to discover new land different people, from the Wikinger, Greeks to Romans. The people who arrived in ancient Rome or Italy, brought their culture and their habits. The immigrates come with boats over the sea. Also they bring their cultures and ideas with them. Perhaps not accepted, neglected, and also not being welcomed.
To emphasis, the importance of this sort of exchange over the centuries till now on the stone plate is written: per mare transmigrantibus carmen. “A song for all who migrated over the sea“.
I got the idea with the boats inspired by the ancient Roman harbor. The ships arrived, were repaired and going out again. I’m from the north sea, lived a long time in Hamburg, a harbor city, and was always fascinated by the harbor. After I arrived in Italy, I worked for a certain period with boats in different ways, perhaps also a symbol for crossing borders, being in a different culture with a bit of nostalgic thought-form where I came.