Site-specific installation
800 x 300 x 30 cm

Reasoning of memory in an archaeological site naturally leads to thinking of stones, stones that tell stories, tangible traces of lost recollections. In Ostia Antica the stones stand out as monuments to memory, especially around the ruins of the Synagogue, the place where the stories of the Torah were told, a thousand times interpreted, the result of centuries of different readings, a receptacle of several metaphors and eternal heritage of the Jewish people. In the same way, what we remember is often the result of many revisions; and of what has really happened we cannot state for sure how much it is left, what matters is that we continue to tell stories.

The stone thrown by David to Goliath, represented many times by the history of art, in most cases, results in the image of David with his slingshot. This time, however, that same pebble acts as a pretext to tell the story from a different point of view, where the physical trace of that unique mythological stone return us a version of the story that features of Goliath, who fell in ancient Ostia. The imprint of his dead body, whose height is proportional, starting from the measurements reported in the “real” biblical story, to that of Michelangelo’s David, adds a new symbolic dimension to this story, whether true or false.

Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNOstudio