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Mariateresa Sartori
Mariateresa Sartori, Il suono della lingua (The Sound of Language), 2008
Francesco Allegretto
Mariateresa Sartori, Il suono della lingua (The Sound of Language), 2008

In the installation Il suono della lingua, The Sound of Language, specifically created for the Querini Stampalia Library, the artist has given importance to overcoming the limits that blur our perceptions.


We discover in it two themes also to be found in all her creative career: the first is the recognition of an order imposed by “rhythm”, as though behind each of our relationships with the world or behind the creation of any kind of beauty there might be found a basic rule. The second, deeper and more hidden, is the pinpointing of a connection uniting human experience to its own origins, something primitive that we feel and that brings us near to something that “we have, of necessity, lost at some time during our childhood”.


The sounds of language, detached from their semantic weight and revealed in their essence as sound, are in a way subtracted from time and space. Beyond their referential function the languages are freed from the weight of the “earth” and suggest themselves as the living material of our perception. They become the tools for a deeper communication, they manage to lead hearing to remote zones, towards something that has been lost: the original timbre of our maternal tongue “when the music of the words was everything because meaning had not yet dethroned the marvel of sound, rhythm, and melody”. They place us, then, near ot our origins, to that birth which took place through sound even before vision.


In a society that has completely unlearned listening, an artistic experience such as that of Sartori could be extremely significant. By re-elaborating language as though it were a mantra, and by freeing it from the conventions we have forced on it, the artist allows us to go back through hearing to something primary and forgotten: the pure and ancient sound of words, the raw experience of our first contact with the world.  


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Alvise Rabitti
Giovanni Rosa