Meet Raffaello Ugo, an artist who creates moving sculptures with recycled materials powered by water and founder of AVVOLTE L'INVERSO, a puppet theater company.
He is a shaman who serenely continues his research and transforms it into beauty to be given back to the whole community.
Today Raphael says: "The image of the shaman corresponds to that ideal world mentioned in our Constitution. Every citizen has the duty to carry out, according to his own possibilities and his own choice, an activity or a function that contributes to material progress or spirituality of society. It would be nice if we could say that we have managed to do just that and that our government has removed any obstacles that could have prevented us from doing our job well. "
His theatrical productions of considerable interest were FLUSSO and NAUTILUS, two shows for actor with water-powered theatrical machines. Water has always been the element present in his shows and it still is in his installations.
“ When it rains, water wets all things, and things touched by water have a thrill. But the water doesn't stop on things because the water flows, the water has to flow, you don't have to stop the water. The water that stops suffers, feels suffocated. The water must flow, it cannot be forced indoors. The containers, the bottles, are the prison of water, the water can no longer breathe, it feels suffocated, in prison, because in prison you suffer, you get sick. You can even die in prison. When I see her like this (the drop of water falling makes a sound) I think I love her, and she knows it. This water is happy, I hear it laughing… »From Nautilus by Raffaello Ugo, When it rains.
Raphael closed his company because «the theater, as it is organized, I was not able to manage it. As we have said before, it is difficult to stay creative when you have to follow all the administration practices and feel the breath on your neck of commitments that you cannot refuse and of payment deadlines or other practices that take away the energy that should all be addressed to the field of art. "
He continued his research in the artistic field and in 2018 invited us to the inauguration of CADENZE, his new installation, always composed of mobile sculptures moved by water and accompanied by short and dazzling stories. One of these is "Twelve Seconds".
“ You can't stop the water, because when this happens you die. When water is prevented from flowing, someone dies somewhere. Whenever this leaf spills its contents, a child dies. It happens a long way from here. Some say they are children different from ours, and I believe it is true. When our children die of thirst after a long run, after a game of football, they are all sweaty and must immediately drink a large amount of water. When those other children die of thirst, they open their mouths and the flies deposit their eggs on their tongues. Every 12 seconds a child dies of thirst ... a balance ... that is broken ... and when a balance is broken, it is broken for everyone. When there is no water there is silence. It is not the silence of when you listen, it is a very strong and heavy silence, it is as if objects, all things became mute and blind and deaf. There is no more water, there is no longer the soul, nothing has more life without water. Only water can show the soul of things, it is the flowing of water, the soul of things, the soul of the world. Sometimes someone says there is no water in the desert, but that's not true. In the desert there is water and the small animals that live there know it, and it is enough for them. There are many good things in the world ... and some bad things. Sometimes I wonder if good and bad things are in balance with each other ... "
Raphael writes to me today: «Probably, however it goes, we are the seeds of that spring that will necessarily arrive. We are still underground, we protect ourselves as we can, we wait. But we are in a cyclical world ».
Raphael has always struck me deeply, and will continue to amaze me with his extraordinary visions. He opens chests, from which treasures come out.
Agostino Cacciabue, Tages Theater.
Quartu Sant'Elena, 10 February '22