Caltagirone is a small city in Sicily, famous for its ceramics and its purported local tradition. Three hundred craftsmen are working in the city. In Caltagirone, craft it is not rare. Different historical ages, styles and forms are mixed together into the world of tradition: a non-historical magma where objects lose their original meaning to become traditional.
In the collection of objects, the artifact “Teste di Moro” and other traditional vases, have been re-thought based on the actual clandestine immigration from Africa to Lampedusa Island in Sicily.
The comparison to the Moor invasion of long ago reveals the a-historicity of the ‘living’ folk tradition, and shows the connection between the forming of a local culture based on historical events and the translation of culture in objects.
During the design, seemingly distant worlds—such as the traditional artifacts and illegal immigration—began to blur together, revealing unusual correlations: News report, historical and contemporary data, iconic images, different materials and techniques, are mixed up creating unexpected narrative decorations.
The traditional wine bottle has become the support where to speak about the use of clandestine immigrants for fruit’s harvest, and the majolica flask is transformed in a personal object that tells details about a trip between Nigeria and Lampedusa.
All the faces depicted in the ”Teste di moro” vases are characters of an unknown story.
Instead, all our new designs are differently portraying an existing person. In this way we substituted the fiction with an element of reality in order to stimulate questions and conflicts in the user.