The Last Lamentation_Study#1 _“S’ùltimu Attitu” is a performance based on the ancient tradition of the professional mourning.

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The professional mourning -also called  Lamentation –existing since ancient Egypt and common to almost all the Mediterranean countries– is a ritual that helps the grieving person to overcome the pain of their loss though the support of the community. 

Practiced by elderly women, paid to attend the funeral, the lamentation consists of loud and theatrical crying accompanied by repetitive gestures and codified litanies, epic texts that both celebrates the individual who had passed away and strengthens the sense of community. 

Inspired by this tradition, in some cultures still alive, “S'ùltimu attitu" -which means “the final lamentation” in the Sardinian dialect- is a "choral" performance where a group of local women, facing the Sea and dressed in black, will address their sorrow to the lost bodies of those who didn’t make it, silently performing some of the lamentation’s characteristic gestures.

Deprived of the textual part, the performance will focus on the elements that are common to all our countries in spite and before all religious, cultural and political differences,  rather than the ones that separates us.

Meant  to be performed in different cities along the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea,  the project iconically began in Lebanon  –where the Mediterranean civilisation itself and its commercial exchanges began– and was first presented during BAR's Open studios as a video, a series of images (the "Charts of Poses"), and a drawn map.

In Beirut, I collaborated with Creative Space Beirut a local fashion design school offering free education to privileged students and refugees.  CSB lent me the costumes for the video.

 

The project was realised thanks to the help of the Roberto Cimetta Fund,  an international association funding the mobility of artists and cultural operators in Europe and the Arab world.
Thanks to the fund I was able to cover my travel expenses to Beirut, where I spent 6 weeks as a resident of BAR -Beirut Art Residency.