Artistic project “Sa Sartiglia”
Sa Sartiglia is an artistic project by Nicola Marongiu that praises Oristano’s tradition and its archetypes. It comes into being from Sardinia’s infinite facets, revealed through the uniqueness of each work of art, from the particular to the universal. The starting point is Su componidori’s mask that, going beyond the suggestive and exclusive set of Oristano’s spectacular and exciting Carnival, makes the spectator the protagonist of its timeless entity.
To achieve his vision Marongiu combines this revealed (universal and timeless) dimension with the choice of innovative materials such as carbon, titanium, glass fibre, Kevlar. He relies on an exclusive collaboration with Alfonso Canfora, who transforms these materials through a precious and careful handcraft process. Works of art such as Bella’e die, Maitzóla, Camelia, Moros, Tirsu, DNA (…) and the triptychs Über Alles, Equinóziu, Destinu, Essèntzia, born from the complementarity of Canfora and Marongiu, are moulded in eternal symbol.
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to the Water-Worship
Prehistoric, historic and contemporary times
Voyage through the places, the rites and the traditions of Sardinia, with a glance into their ancient roots, behind carnival masks. The interconnections between the signature elements of Sardinian Carnival – with its various typical characters as well as its ritual combats – and Death and Resurrection Myths that can also be found in rites of Adonis (Siria, Phoenicia), Dyonisus (Greece), Baal (Canaan) Osiris (Egypt), Tammuz (Babylonia). The “Carnival” (Italian: “Carnasciale”, Sardinian: “Carrasciale”, “Carresegare” or “Carrasegare”) read as “submersion, flooding, inundation and desecration” of the Power. The precious traditional event held at Oristano during Carnival, called “Sartiglia”, can also be observed into its genesis, into its ancient inception – way beyond of its reformulation occured during the times of spanish domination in Sardinia. In this way, going back to the archaic roots of Sartiglia, we can look at the true nature of “Su Componidori” (the sacred and leading character of Sartiglia, holding that special object named “Pippia de Maju”) as a Shaman, an Estatic, a Prophet: “the one who makes water pouring out from clouds”.
Related to water worship, we also have various nuragic holy wells and springs, in Sardinia. Waters known as healing, miraculous: for example, in San Leonardo di Siete Fuentes (located next to Santu Lussurgiu) Templars even built an hospital, as well as a church. Therefore, we can find many types of Sardinian ritual/ceremonial breads, related to ancient rites dedicated to Adonis. An example is Su Pani de is Bagadius, in Siurgus Donigala: they use to transport this special bread, evoking the Dead Jesus Christ on the Cross. Priestesses and priests, just as the various personifications of Nature’s God, have been morphed (reversing their original sense) over the time into “devils” (Maimòni/Maimòne, Cambilargiu, Brutu, Mascazzu, Leunardu, Musteddìnu/Boe Muliake), in Sardinia. Everything about this is related to the same cult: the Cult of Water.
Sardinia, stunning holiday destination but, first and foremost, sacred place – in the deep, powerful sense of the word – rich in evidences, as we have seen; and we must take care of such evidences, we have to preserve them and to interconnect them, in order to be able to get (so to share) the Essence: a Holy Well, a Nuraghe, a Domu de Jana, the Giants of Mont’e Prama, as well as each and every word, expression, tradition and toponym of Sardinia, are our Treasure.
In this documentary preview are visible the installations which are part of the artistic project called “Sa Sartiglia”, and they have been composed choosing from among 33 artworks of the first cycle originated through the collaboration between Nicola Marongiu and Alfonso Canfora.
Each artwork is uniquely named and is moulded into materials connected or inspired by elements, archetypes, geographical names, traditions and rites that bring to the Universal through the Particular.
Symbolic locations chosen for these installations, are:
Pozzo Sacro of Sardara (archaeological site of Sant’Anastasia)
San Leonardo di Siete Fuentes, Santu Lussurgiu
Nuraghe Losa, Abbasanta.
“Sa Sartiglia” images
A sneak preview of “Sardegna Tempio delle Acque: behind the scenes”. Some Artworks from Sa Sartiglia artistic project are visible here as protagonists of the installations composed in the symbolic locations of Sardegna Tempio delle Acque.