We are thrilled that the artwork «Le Serment de l’Eau, 2022 », is now part of the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou Collection @centrepompidou
Thanks to Maestro Chiara Vigo, Philippe Bettinelli, @amisducentrepompidou and @anthony_van_den_bossche
Hard drugs consumption table in stainless steel
Byssal thread carded by Maestro Chiara Vigo
In the Sant’Antioco Archipelago in Sardinia, several colonies of Fan Mussels can still be found; enormous slender shells anchored to the rocks by their byssus, a secretion of threads with golden glints that only the sun is powerful enough to reveal. For thousands of years free divers have descended 8, 10, 12 metres to cut a few grams of this precious sea silk, then carded and woven it into garments for priests, lords and queens.
Chiara Vigo is the last maestro of the byssus. Her every move is the living archive of a lost civilisation. Her knowledge is not for sale, it is a gift. It is an oral tale she tells her granddaughter in the hope that one day she too will perform Le Serment de l’Eau, will dive and weave this delicate thread which still ties us to King Solomon, and maybe even the Golden Fleece, as some historians claim.
On a May afternoon in 2022, in her Sant’Antioco workshop, Chiara took a little ball of byssus, humming the prayer to water. Gently, she carded the raw material and extracted the first thread. Under her dark and imperious gaze, she made us promise never to sell it, and then laid the legend across the palms of our hands.
Gift from the artists and Maestro Chiara Vigo to the museum.
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Text: @anthony_van_den_bossche …