Finis Terrae

Posted in my news by vittoria chierici on March 19, 2020

Oggi e’ il 19 Marzo 2020. Festa di San Giuseppe. Tra oggi e domani inizia la primavera. Una strana, contagiosa e malata primavera. Siamo in piena pandemia da coronavirus. E’ come la peste. Questo post continua un blog, vivawitt, iniziato perche’ volevo pubblicare eventi della mia generazione, quando non c’era internet. Riapro questo blog perche’….non ci si deve fermare mai. Il post e’ scritto in Italiano e in Inglese, che non ne e’ la traduzione. E’ una scrittura bilingue.


Cari amici italiani sono preoccupata per voi; allo stesso tempo credo sia meglio reagire e comunicarci le nostre idee, oltre a salvare la vita propria e degli altri. E’ come prendere un’altra distanza: non quella fisica, tra corpo e corpi, ma quella mentale, tra coscienze e conoscenza. Non sono riuscita a tornare in tempo in Italia. Vi scrivo da lontano, dalla fine del mondo. Da Eastport, Maine. Una piccola, stupenda e un tempo gloriosa citta’, tutta a Nord e a Est degli Stati Uniti, al confine del Canada.


Hi there, I am writing  a few  ideas during this surreal and horrific time for my Italian people. I have been in  Eastport Maine for several months now, and I am really lucky to be here; but I miss my sisters and my friends. I understand the fear; the panic.I would like to be there. Although, this, It may be a time to think: “It is in the thick of calamity that one gets hardened to the truth – in other words, to silence.” Albert Camus, wrote in his book, Le Plague,1947. I also hope that artists go back to work, art is not a career it is not a job it is a matter of living or not living.


Today is March 23rd I suggest my fellow artists in Italy and in New York to keep on painting, filming, projecting may be keeping up with the tradition of painting by the window. Here are some examples from the past.

E. Munch 1882


                         Marc Chagall 1924

Giorgio De Chirico, 1915.

Dear Elisabeth,
A young lady here in Eastport is showing her works by her house window. None can go inside. Just from the outside. It is a first step about what we were talking of :  showing one or more piece along Water Street from store windows. A drive in art shows, If the situation will get worse.
The other idea but probably more for the Italians, it is painting from home, by the window. I had this idea time ago, before the emergency. Because paintings by a window are very common in the art history and It may be considered a genre.

                                 Nelson Mandela.


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