Goliath, 2019

Site-specific sculpture. 800 x 300 x 30 cm

In an archaeological site memory is linked to 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 was 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 returns us a version of the story that features Goliath, a giant who fell in ancient Ostia.