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Lumbarda: Flowers of Alhambra by Lemeh 42


grey) (area – space of contemporary and media art, Korcula and 3 Volta Gallery, Lumbarda presents:

Lemeh 42 (Italy): Flowers of Alhambra

location: 3 Volta Gallery, Lumbarda

29. 6. – 9. 7.

opening Sunday 28th June 21 h

This work is freely inspired to Washington Irving’s tale The rose included in Tales of the Alhambra, a collection of tales written by Irving during his long staying at the Alhambra. The protagonist of this tale is a beautiful woman kidnapped by the sultan and imprisoned inside the Alhambra, the antique fortress where the sultan lived along with all his court. This Irving’s tale is based on the foundamental metaphor between the woman imprisoned inside the Alhambra and the roses cultivated inside the Alhambra. The Alhambra, as a fortress, had to protect its inhabitants from all the possible external dangers and in doing so it standed as a wall that divided the external reality from the internal one; so forth, instead of protecting the Alhambra finished to isolate its inhabitants and instead of preserving it killed them. So, as the flower needs water and sun so the feminine beauty needs it. Our work is focused mainly on the main character, the protagonist, leaving aside all the other secondary characters of Irving’s tale. We have done this in order to recreate this character from the internal. She feels trapped because her heart as well as her soul are trapped and the Alhambra becomes an extension of the protagonist.

on-line video: http://www.vimeo.com/467753

Lemeh 42: http://lemeh42.indivia.net

open daily 20 – 21.30 h or by appointment

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