The ancient tanks of Atri cathedral have the opportunity to tell the relationship between outdoor space and closed areas, difficult to access. Through the works, the artists bring in a secluded place portions of the world. Hints of nature, materials and compositions tell, in their own way, what happens outside. In a closed environment, and without external openings, Dehors puts back in the center everything is external, lighted.
In the tank they rebuild nature ways and laws; air, landscapes but also the elements of nature evoking the function of that space over the centuries. The twelve invited artists are interpreting the space, relocating, thanks to the works of art, the tank outside its own walls. Ziad Antar underlines the paradox of a music that is not there, it is only in the noise evoking it, and of a thud that instead becomes harmony. Bertille Bak, through a process of shared art, tells the story of a small village, where human relationships bypass space limits and become opportunities to recalibrate the world priorities. The original function of the cistern is, for Adelaide Cioni, an opportunity to restore in the environment what identifies it and, through an indirect and simple sign, what has a portion of the whale inside its element, the water. Lionel Estève puts the sea of Halkidiki inside, through anonymous stones which, re-contextualized, can evoke the light and transparency of an infinite landscape. A self-portrait and a landscape are represented by Matteo Fato from an object that is at the same time the identity of the artist and the par excellence representation of the outside world and of the relationship with nature. From the cosmos there come instead the gems of Myriam Laplante, celestial bodies moving forward as disturbing insects from underground. Even deeper than the tank itself. For Lek&Sowat the inside does not exist, the only way to tell what is restricted is to throw it out. Without air there is no narration and the story begins in thinking again, also aesthetically, the outer space. The work of Luana Perilli is a concentrate of Nature, its elements are involved in the construction of a delicate and complex composition where, unexpectedly, fragile things have a responsibility to support the balance and maintain harmony. In the relationship between inside and outside, Paris Petrei rather chooses escape routes. From an inside, whatever it is, you really should have the possibility to go out, and it is good to adopt well-designed evacuation plans. Through the color, Gioacchino Pontrelli brings the outside world in enclosed spaces, full of the Tank History. The color balance is the thread that reconnects what we are to what we have around. A mirror can return the image of everything, we just need to see it. Henry Teale, with a small and unstable element, endlessly repeated, brings the air and the wind in the subsurface. The extreme weakness of the individual becomes the force as a whole, and a petal can become a monument. Writing in the sand is the most unstable thing we can imagine, but Raphael Thierry chooses to tell the gold of youth and the hopes about the future through micro-granules of river sand. Time, like sand in the hourglass, decides the next.