Fondazione Merz


Michal Rovner, Contact / Contatto, 2020_ Insieme, International Festival of Rome

1 – 4 October 2020


a work by artist Michal Rovner at the Basilica di Massenzio, Rome

Rome’s three main annual literary events – Letterature – Festival internazionale di Roma, Libri Come, and Più libri più liberi – join forces to form Insieme, a new festival of literature.
Scheduled from 1-4 October, the festival will unite books, writers, scientists, philosophers, artists, musicians and readers, in a major event.
Insieme will be held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and in various outdoor sites at the Parco Colosseo.

The Foundation collaborates with the International Literature Festival of Rome, curated by Andrea Cusumano and Lea Iandiorio, and presents the work Contact / Contatto by Israeli artist Michal Rovner on a wall of the Basilica di Massenzio.

Michal Rovner has paved the way for the use of moving images as a non-narrative and non-cinematographic medium for creating images and pictorial installations that, like painting and sculpture, evoke timeless realities. The artist proposes his own installation that is specific to the architectural situation that hosts it.
The Israeli artist considers history as a chronological succession of interruptions, a chain of breaks. In this context, his work ties in to both archaeology and politics. The elements on which it is based are human figures that create lines like a writing in motion. The force and the contrary force that these lines generate breaks and cracks. These human figures are in perpetual motion and seem to represent the movement of the human race that proceeds slowly in a time that is actually a strange fusion of all times.