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Magazine article Sculpture

Lambert Collection

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Avignon, France

The Disappearance of the Fireflies

Through November 25, 2014

Inspired by Pasolini's famous 1975 Corriere della sera essay, "The Disappearance of the Fireflies" uses the extinction of a beloved species as a springboard for a considered med - itation on the meaning of freedom, progress, and nostalgia. Pasolini equated the demise of Italy's fireflies- pollution began to kill them offin the early '60s-with rampant polit - ical corruption and oppression: the firefly, source of individual and collective light, is nothing less than a symbol of liberty; its death nothing less than a harbinger of social and ecolog - ical disaster. His metaphor remains relevant today, and it finds a sensitive realization in this exhibition, installed within the cells, corridors, and courtyards of Sainte-Anne Prison (located behind Avignon's Papal Palace). …

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