WATER FOR LIFE, INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION 2018: Message from Professor Stefano Francolini, Art Historian (Florence, Italy)

Beyond the personal expressive characters of form, style and creative process, artist’s artworks content and messages embrace universal feelings and human realities.

Nature is the first reference of humanity, as life springs and evolves through time, seasons and history. Humans live with essential elements for their survival such as; the earth in its widest sense, air, heat from the sun, and water.

Based on the current conditions in the world, all nations should be responsible to protect these elements. The quality and quantity of available water is of fundamental importance for the preservation and continuity of life and should be a universal aim to protect it.

Water is a source of inspiration for artists as emphasized through their artworks: the lack of it makes water even more precious, as a source of energy, and as a result helps humanity’s survival.

Artist’s through their emotion and fascination interpret in their artwork the vastness of the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers, while combining their human amazement in seeing waterfalls, or feeling the rain drops falling from the clouds, or quietly experiencing the water becoming ice.

Also considered an ancestral element, water takes the symbolism of purification, as used in many liturgical rituals of different religions, but can also inspire fear when it manifests itself as an unstoppable and uncontainable force. Water is a big part of the human constitution and our history.

This is why I feel honoured to accept Antoine Gaber’s invitation to write a prelude about the purpose of ‘Water for Life’ international event and support the participation of these artists from 18 countries.

In my personal opinion, this event is highly relevant and of great significance in the complex context of contemporary art and its promotion in the world. Through different expressive languages, contents and messages it provides high moral and social values relating to water and its usage, especially when considering that currently on our planet, 1 in 7 people don’t have the opportunity to have clean water to quench their thirst.

Professor Stefano Francolini (Florence, Italy)

Art Historian

Former Coordinator Director C3Super Ministry Heritage and Cultural Activities

Former Professor of History and Restoration Theory at the “’Accademia di Belle Arti” in Carrara