The aim of my
project is giving my own interpretation of myths and legends linked to my
motherland and, at the same time, seeking the inner fears of human beings. Folk
tales, they live in our everyday life, through our gestures and habits: It is
possible to find them in a CRACK from the ceiling, in a scream breaking the
Silence of the woods, in my cat’s eyes staring at me at night.
The word Streghi
has the same root of italian Streghe and Stregoni (Witches and Wizards in
English) and it means Evil Spirits. In Lucca'S folklore, “Streghi” figures are
not interested in human beings and, mainly, they do not practice magic against
people. Generally, they live in the woods far from human beings: even if they
are animal shaped entities, it is possible to see them celebrating Sabbath
under a walnut tree at night. If you bump into their night parade, it is quite
common to receive from them a candle that will turn into a bone. It means that
the next day they will come to your house and ask for their candle back. Only
Gatto Mammone or a knife in the bark of Streghi’s tree could protect you.
What if a presence
was watching for
hours sitting on the walnut tree in front of your window? Ember eyes, mocking
and mean, invites you to dance around a bonfire of burning bones. You can
choose to go with them and your fate will remain unknown.