AUTISTIC KIDS RE-CREATE ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORKS FOLLOWING THE MESSAGE OF TEMPLE GRANDIN / A SHOW IN ITALY FROM JUNE 3

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

“AUTISTIC CHILDREN SEE

WHAT HUMAN BEINGS CAN’T SEE”

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GUEST WRITER: STEFANO ALBERTI

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There’s a great expectation in Aprilia (near Rome, Italy) at the “Marconi” Primary School where on June 3 a unique and special exhibition will open displaying works created by autistic students.  We talked about this some weeks ago. Teacher Patrizia Sapri – assisted by children parents, colleagues and friends of the non-profit organization “Il Senso della Vita / The Sense of Life” – led a beautiful exsperience inspired by Roberto Alborghetti’s images (“Lacer /actions” project).

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

The “provocative pictures” about the 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. So 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. 

Now, this incredible experience will be told through an exhibition and a special book which will introduce achievements and results.Visitors will have the opportunity to admire compelling works made by Erik, Massimo, Flavia, Gaia and Nicole, some of the kids who participated to the “Atelier of colors and emotions”. 

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

Teacher Patrizia Sapri says: “The exhibition in Aprilia displays 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 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 same final work.”   

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

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THE HEALING POWER OF COLORS: DISABLED STUDENTS WORK ON ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S IMAGES

Guest writer: Patrizia Sapri

Last October I had the chance to visit, at the XIII Century Aldobrandesca Fortress (Tuscany, Italy) the extraordinary “Colors Of An Apocalypse /The decomposed Publicity Posters” exhibition showing Roberto Alborghetti ‘s stunning “Lacer/actions” artworks. I was very impressed by the show. I usually work in special schools on the theme of colors as recovery and strengthening of existing residuals basic skills. Colors, materials, movement and emotions: I found all this in Roberto Alborghetti works.

I asked him the consent and the permission to use some of his works in the educational and social activities I’m doing this year. And so we re-worked some of the visual and artistic pieces displayed at Roberto Alborghetti’s exhibition I appreciated so much last autumn. The project was led in the afternoon for a group of disabled students; some of them are living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

The colors of “Lacer/actions” works were reviewed through the eyes of my students who have manually performed their “Cre/actions” using various objects and materials. “The Atelier of colors and emotions” – this was the name of our experience – ended with great satisfaction of the students and their families. Music accompanied the lessons and students wrote words and comments about feelings, moods and sensations they felt while working on Roberto Alborghetti’s images. We achieved interesting results and a compelling visual and emotional impact (see the photogallery). Yes, a great experience!

I thank Roberto Alborghetti for his collaboration and sensitivity towards my “special students” and my social work. Parents, educational team and “Il Senso della Vita” Parental Association Onlus, with President doctor Marina Aimati, want to thank him heartily. We all wish to continue this wonderful experience working on Roberto Alborghetti images because they give lot of incentives to our activities and professions.

Patrizia Sapri

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