A fight for equal rights might have started 100 years ago but it still echoes a same message of a compromised individuality that comes back unheard. This battle inspired the new form of art – “Suffering Majesty’-‘maestà soffrente’ by designer Gaetano Pesce.
At Salone del Mobile 2019, a contextual design installation “Suffering Majesty” plunged out of the realm of a silent existence by slashing the ruthless truth with 400 arrows piercing a female body chair accompanied by six giant polystyrene heads of beasts objectifying human cruelty. Italian legacy designer Gaetano Pesce gave an opportunity that lead everyone talk about the long overdue conversation. The installation looked like a poetic concoction that touches the waves of human emotions.
Mega armchair that resonates the classic female body sat in Milan’s famous main square, Piazza del Duomo, in front of the Duomo Cathedral at the heart of Milan city. The installation fumes the rise of an old and persistent context, the biggest talk around the world—violence against women.
The installation comes with a globular female body arm chair that looks like a lush fertility goddess tied by a chain to a wrecking ball. On the auspicious celebration of the Up 5&6’s 50th anniversary, the design by Gaetano Pesce has earned a place in the history of Italian design through the Emblem of fertility goddess chair which was originally launched in 1969. Back in time the piece was designed in a hope to set free the idea of women as prisoners. Prisoners of the predisposition of men, and living in a world where full liberation was inacceptable.
Today the tangents have changed but the timely imagery still exists. The new interpretation of the chair stood tall at 26 feet during Salone del Mobile, an international interior design event has 400 arrows piercing the overgenerous silhouette. Pesce’s intended to focus the conversation on violence against women a very troubling issue in not just in Italy, but all around the world.
Today there are many voices being raised against violence against women but somewhere the horrific patriarchy still exists that requires innate sense of diffusion. It only pulls the world backwards to reversible growth.
Gaetano Pesce said,”It is a dialogue between technology and craft, between the manmade and the natural and between monumentality and lightness. I hope the visitors will appreciate the futuristic high-tech aspect of the installation but also that it is deeply poetic and human.”
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Story: Ar Swati Sharma
Photographer: Daria Budnikova