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DELHI: Virginia Zanetti: The Pillars of the Earth | curated by Ravi Agarwal



DELHI: Virginia Zanetti: The Pillars of the Earth | curated by Ravi Agarwal

“A collective action that gives a new view on the possibility of people’s emancipation.

The action reverses the perspective: the individual supports the world, along with others, crucial nuance whether to play an active or a passive role in society.

Lasting peace and the wellbeing of human beings does not depend only on the reform of society but also on the transformation of every individual’s life, which can contribute to change both the destiny of a nation and the fate of humanity. Aim at reversing the point of view, sharing the experience with people from different areas, creating a new wandering community in search of a new ethics or spirituality. The work explores the concepts of rebirth and revolution through the reversal of the vision. Walking to reach tops from which you may “see” better, we talk, exchange ideas and spontaneously create a new community of people. People doing handstand are supporting the world becoming the Pillars of the Earth and trigger a process of collective construction of new concepts and new ways.


This project started in India. I chose this country both for its spirituality and its fast development in these last years. I am more interested in rural areas, in each of these places I cooperated with local people in order to create a series of workshops and partecipatory performances that would encourage the exploration of individual and collective potentialities.

The project is an invitation to everyone to turn upside down the point of view and the perspective with which you observe the Earth. Every action takes on a particular meaning for people who are co-dependent on that location, as a dry river, a lake under building, a cotton factory, a mine etc.”

-Virginia Zanetti



Virginia Zanetti was born in Fiesole, Florence in 1981. She lives and works in Prato. She graduated in painting with the highest grades at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and obtained different art education masters.

She exhibits and collaborates for lectures, workshops, residences with several Italian and foreign institutions for contemporary art, such as Man in Nuoro, CCC Strozzina in Florence, Museo Pecci in Prato, MAC Lissone in Italy, Bern Kunsthalle and Bellinzona MACT in Switzerland, HH Art space, and Mog Museum in Goa and Gram Art Project (MP),in India.

She won the Movin’up support for young Italian artists by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism.

Her work has also been published in many articles and in several publications such as A Cielo Aperto, A brief history of curating in collaboration with Hans Ulrich Obrist published by Postmediabooks, Milan.


The exhibition will remain open till 10th March 2017. Visiting hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm


Date: DA Friday, January 06, 2017 a Friday, March 10, 2017

Time: From 6:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New Delhi

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 50-E Chandragupta Marg (entry from Nyaya Marg), New Delhi