Immigration and the suffering of people forced to flee or leave their homes are the subject of the new work by Jago, born Jacopo Cardillo, known as the Social Artist – for his ability to tell his story and engage his audience through live streaming, photos and web videos – and recently featured in a major exhibition at Palazzo Bonaparte.
The life-size black Italian marble sculpture depicts a young refugee sleeping in the street and is significantly titled In Flagella Paratus Sum - I am ready for the scourge. After spending a month at sea on the Ocean Viking ship and stopping for three days at the Olympic Stadium, placed in the center of the playing field as if for an embrace, the work continued its journey and was installed in early August on the pavement of the Ponte Sant’Angelo. The choice of such a scenic location is not accidental: the homeless young refugee in search of a future is at the crossroads between St. Peter’s Basilica and the ancient prison of Castel Sant’Angelo.
The work will be sold at auction, with an auction base of 1.250 million euros, and the entire proceeds will be donated to SOS Mediterranee, an association that helps refugees.
Dal 5 agosto al 5 novembre 2022
La scultura collocata sul ponte S. Angelo è sempre visibile.