Eni is a partner of the exhibition Anime di Materia - La Libia di Ali WakWak at the Vittoriano in Rome, from 16 January to 28 February 2013.
The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the artistic universe of Ali WakWak, the most important contemporary Libyan sculptor, through forty large-scale sculptures completed since April 2011, two months after the Libyan uprising, with helmets, firearms, ammunition, and other accoutrements of war, which are transformed into anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures.
“Anime di materia‘ (The Souls of Materials‘) presents the rebirth of Libya, which, like a phoenix from the ashes, is regenerating itself with new energy and new splendour. Each of the works in the exhibition is the made up of assembled pieces of weapons and express an emotion. The work of Ali WakWak is like musical notes and the symphony that emerges is very powerful and loud, but this time the noise is not that of war but of a vital energy bursting out, the vibrations of which are now focused towards a full and positive future.
His experiences, his life in a country marked by a painful history, both at the personal and collective levels, have given additional shape to the material giving it an even more tangible significance: men, women and animals surrogates of war. Life from death, rebirth from the latency of pieces of iron that have yelled destruction for such a long time. The artist uses art as a universal weapon and never stops dreaming and hoping, making of his personal war a quiet struggle.
The exhibition, promoted by Health Research & Development, a spin off of the University of Bologna, the Libyan Disabled Charity in Benghazi, as well as the King Senussi Castle of Benghazi and curated by Elena Croci, represents the universal intangible values that have always been the immaterial part of being human that is most clearly perceived during a conflict.. Through his “ material icons‘, Ali Wakwak describes the matrix of such principles.