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09.05.2022 - 12.06.2022
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Opening: Monday 09.05. 7.30 pm
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 12 am - 8 pm
Where: Art Radionica Lazzaretti, Frana Supila 8, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia


The exhibition title is derived from the opening phrase of the proverb "Se son rose fioriranno, se son spine pungeranno" ("If they are roses, they will bloom, if they are thorns, they will prick"). Inspired by this, he wanted to make something "from Dubrovnik for Dubrovnik".

"Walking down Stradun, I saw traces that articulated the rhythm of my steps on this main street in the center of Dubrovnik. They were like flower fossils, carnations raising their calyxes to the sky. Flowers that, like in many cities around the world, commemorate the people and events that have shaped the history of the place over time.
A monument of anonymous traces that deserves to be brought to light. Thus, from the bullet marks left on the Stradun as permanent damage, a new artistic work called "Bouquet" emerges, which connects the war experience and reality of Dubrovnik from 1991-92 with the current war in the Ukraine. These scars have become normal to our gaze over time. "Giovanni Morbin brings them to light, transforms them into "something different" and arranges them into a beautiful bouquet.
Next to the bouquet is a small portable gramophone, mangiadischi, from which the song Proposta (Proposal) by the Italian group I Giganti, sung at the San Remo Festival in 1967, is played. In the first verse, the song suggests, "Put flowers in your gun barrels."
Another work entitled "Se son rose fioriranno" is an object consisting of an antique postcard with a photograph of flowers and three gerberas. The postcard traveled from Cornedo Vicentino (VI) to Dubrovnik, was sent on April 7th and arrived on April 20, 2022. On a postcard titled Lazareti Art Workshop, the author sent us the title of the exhibition "Se son rose, fioriranno".

Neither the one nor the other flowers are roses, neither are they roses, nor will they bloom.

Exhibition view

You can find more information about Giovanni Morbin and his work here on our website or here on B/K/S about this exhibition.

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