Alighiero Boetti

Lu Prisenti

The Prisenti

Polychrome satin
1985

Courtesy of Museo della Fondazione Orestiadi – Collezione Museo Civico Ludovico Corrao

Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994) was a conceptual artist recognized as one of the founding members of Arte Povera. His works employ a diverse range of materials and techniques, from ball point pens to textiles and embroidery. Boetti often created textile designs which were woven by artisans and craftspeople from specific geographical locations. Later in his career, he began referring to himself as “Alighiero e Boetti” (Alighiero and Boetti) to signify his duality as an artist.

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  • Prisenti are long embroidered drapes made in honor of San Rocco (St. Roche), the patron saint of the town of Gibellina in Sicily. Boetti’s design, which was commissioned for the processions in 1985, features both image and text. The town name is duplicated in black-and-white grids on either end of the drapes, while multicolored squares frame the work’s edges, which give acknowledgement to the artist’s collaboration with Gibellina’s local women artisans. The silhouette of Sicily, with the colourings of the Italian flag, stands out at the center surrounded by the blue of the sea and profiles of various animals—recalling different Mediterranean cultures of which Sicily is the geographic center. The work was later exhibited in the 1993 Venice Art Biennale.

  • Prisenti are long embroidered drapes made in honor of San Rocco (St. Roche), the patron saint of the town of Gibellina in Sicily. Boetti’s design, which was commissioned for the processions in 1985, features both image and text. The town name is duplicated in black-and-white grids on either end of the drapes, while multicolored squares frame the work’s edges, which give acknowledgement to the artist’s collaboration with Gibellina’s local women artisans. The silhouette of Sicily, with the colourings of the Italian flag, stands out at the center surrounded by the blue of the sea and profiles of various animals—recalling different Mediterranean cultures of which Sicily is the geographic center. The work was later exhibited in the 1993 Venice Art Biennale.

  • Prisenti are long embroidered drapes made in honor of San Rocco (St. Roche), the patron saint of the town of Gibellina in Sicily. Boetti’s design, which was commissioned for the processions in 1985, features both image and text. The town name is duplicated in black-and-white grids on either end of the drapes, while multicolored squares frame the work’s edges, which give acknowledgement to the artist’s collaboration with Gibellina’s local women artisans. The silhouette of Sicily, with the colourings of the Italian flag, stands out at the center surrounded by the blue of the sea and profiles of various animals—recalling different Mediterranean cultures of which Sicily is the geographic center. The work was later exhibited in the 1993 Venice Art Biennale.

  • Prisenti are long embroidered drapes made in honor of San Rocco (St. Roche), the patron saint of the town of Gibellina in Sicily. Boetti’s design, which was commissioned for the processions in 1985, features both image and text. The town name is duplicated in black-and-white grids on either end of the drapes, while multicolored squares frame the work’s edges, which give acknowledgement to the artist’s collaboration with Gibellina’s local women artisans. The silhouette of Sicily, with the colourings of the Italian flag, stands out at the center surrounded by the blue of the sea and profiles of various animals—recalling different Mediterranean cultures of which Sicily is the geographic center. The work was later exhibited in the 1993 Venice Art Biennale.