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    Azzurra De Gregorio

Nostra Signora della Salute, a research about devotion and health protection.

The project Nostra Signora della Salute does not arise from the desire to provide a philological iconographic reproduction of a religious subject, which has in fact been reinterpreted according to the artist’s poetic and aesthetic sensibility, but from the desire to investigate the rituality and magic connected to creation and the offering of votive images. Ex voto is in fact ‘a Latin phrase derived from the ellipsis of ex voto suscepto, “according to the promise made”, and indicates a formula affixed to objects offered in shrines to thank the recipient of the gift (God, a saint, the Madonna) of having answered a prayer. The extension of the meaning led to the designation of the object of the offering with the same phrase, also applying it to the votive offerings of the ancient world.
In a period of health emergency like the one we are going through, in which science, medicine and official knowledge are unable to provide effective answers to combat the ¬†pain the suffering, turning to ‘supernatural’ forces to obtain comfort and help appears to be the only way to rediscover one’s roots and regain possession of one’s destiny.

It is also important to underline that these shots intend to give a new dignity to artifacts that have always been considered minor expressions, since they are considered synonyms of folklore, popular tradition and superstition.