Christ Stopped at Novoli
The installation manifests itself as a small chapel, or temple, with elaborately framed photographs of the saints printed on wood or metal, and hanging, as if in niches, around the room. The installation reflects the importance of religious symbolism in the life of the local farmers. Every January Novoli holds the festival of fire. Originally a pagan celebration to mark the end of winter, it now celebrates the village’s patron saint. Each farmer brings a bundle of vine cuttings to create an enormous bonfire of 90,000 bundles. One of these bundles is represented in the centre of the room, referring to both ancient customs and an interest in Arte Povera.