AUTISM AND ART / AN EXHIBITION ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE INSPIRED BY “LACER/ACTIONS” WORKS… “SEEIN’ WHAT HUMAN BEINGS FREQUENTLY DON’T SEE”

GUEST WRITER: STEFANO ALBERTI

In last Springtime, Roberto Alborghetti works have been the focus of “Atelier of colors and emotions” project which involved in Italy (Aprilia, Latina) children with disabilities and affected by Autism Spectrum Syndrome. The activity was promoted and led by teacher Patrizia Sapri and non-profit organization “Il Senso della vita Onlus”. The experience based on Roberto images which have been reproduced manually by children. The project merged into a final exhibition tooking place some weeks ago in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena) with the title  “From Lacer/actions to Cre/actions”.

Kids worked for months on Roberto Alborghetti images, called “Lacer/actions, making some incredible works. The  exhibition in Tuscany raised lot of interest and attention comparing photographic copies of the original images by Roberto Alborghetti and the works performed by the pupils (watercolours, tempera and various materials). During the show teacher Patrizia Sapri told visitors about this unusual experience and how guys found a way to express emotions and creativity through colours and abstract from Roberto Alborghetti artworks.

The “provocative pictures” about torn and decomposed publicity posters and cracks were de-constructed and re-created by autistic kids who entered the visual world of Roberto Alborghetti receiving suggestions and emotions and re-viewing images through the sense-organs. They discovered an inner dimension to explore and learn. Music accompanied the lessons and students also created words and comments about feelings and sensations they felt while working on Roberto Alborghetti colorful works. 

Teacher Patrizia Sapri said: “The exhibition displayed works made by autistic students. I studied in the past, and rediscovered in recent days, the great lesson coming from Temple Grandin, doctor and professor at Colorado State University (USA), bestselling author and autistic activist (in 2010 she was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, for the “Heroes” category). She said that autistics are able to see what human beings frequently don’t see. They see a “wonderful world” that people barely grasps. They perceive a series of visual stimuli that normal people can’t perceive. Autistics think in pictures. They live in a world of pictures and colors. That’s the reason why autistic kids are so fond of Roberto Alborghetti’s works which were re-created and re-lived using different tools and techniques. Based on their state of mind, they angrily painted or gently covered all spaces. In their mental order everything have to be perfect. And they have the wonderful gift to clearly see and perceive in advance – in their mind and heart – the final work.”   

4 responses to “AUTISM AND ART / AN EXHIBITION ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE INSPIRED BY “LACER/ACTIONS” WORKS… “SEEIN’ WHAT HUMAN BEINGS FREQUENTLY DON’T SEE”

    • Thank you so much Deborah! I appreciate so much your kind comment also in consideration of your life experiences and your wonderful artworks. I hope one day to share again other exhibitions as we had at Parallax Art Fair. My best wishes!

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