(Andrea Trimarchi & Simone Farresin)
‘Moulding Tradition’ by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, refers to a local Sicilian craft tradition and at the same time it can be read as a political statement. In the 17th century Arab-African people conquered Sicily and inspired the ‘Teste di Moro’ vases that are still produced for the tourist market in Sicily. Now history seems to repeat itself. While craftsmen create vases with African features referring to Sicilian history, people with similar features are returning, not as conquerors, but as clandestine immigrants. A majority of the Italians consider these fugitives a danger for the Italian culture – an ironic twist of history. “Our project is a statement on the ephemeral concept of tradition and shows the contradictions of a decadent culture: if as Italians (and Europeans) we are able to represent our culture with a ‘Moor Vase’, at the same time we must be able to go beyond prejudice and fear, and to let our culture change in the course of time.”
After their graduation both designers have continued to work on projects in which concepts and craftsmanship are combined.
Graduation project, 2009