Sculptures of Fragmented Travelers Find Their Home on the Amalfi Coast

Bruno Catalano Sculpture on the Amalfi Coast

Artist Bruno Catalano‘s fragmented sculptures have touched down on the Amalfi Coast. Four of his Travelers are displayed on the waterfront, with the stunning Amalfi landscape filtering through their fractured bodies. As a French artist with Italian origins who was born in Morocco, Catalano feels a strong kinship with these voyagers, who walk with suitcases in hand.

“In my work, I seek movement and the expression of feelings; I make new forms emerge from inertia and manage to smooth them out to give them new life,” shares the artist. “Coming from Morocco, I too have traveled with suitcases full of memories that I represent so often in my works. They contain not only images but also life, my desires: my origins on the move.”

Among the works on display is Blue de Chine, which is dedicated to migrant workers who travel far and wide in the hopes of being able to support their families. The sculpture's blue tint is intended to evoke the uniforms of workers and seamen. The piece is highly personal for the artist, as he was also one of these workers, coming to France from Morocco with just a suitcase.

Two of his other sculptures, Hubert and Simone, are a study in contrasts. Hubert, bare-chested and barefoot, is a humble traveler with a carefree spirit. Sculpted with a body reminiscent of Hellenistic sculpture, his bronzed chest is exposed to the elements.

In contrast, Simone is elegantly dressed in a suit and tie. He walks with confidence, suitcase in hand. In his oversized luggage, he brings his hopes and dreams with him as he looks out into the distance at his future. While all of these travelers have their differences, what binds them together are their abilities to blend into their environment. Through the fragmented parts of their bodies, Catalano allows these voyagers to become part of the location, giving them new memories to place in their suitcases.

Thanks to a collaboration between Venice's Ravagnan Gallery and the Municipality of Amalfi, Catalano's Travelers will be visible on the waterfront until September 30, 2023.

Four sculptures from Bruno Catalano's Travelers series are on display on the Amalfi Coast.

Fragmented Sculpture by Bruno Catalano

“Coming from Morocco, I too have traveled with suitcases full of memories that I represent so often in my works,” shares the artist.

Bruno Catalano Sculpture on the Amalfi Coast

“They contain not only images but also life, my desires: my origins on the move.”

Bruno Catalano Sculpture on the Amalfi Coast

The sculptures will remain in place until September 30, 2023.

Fragmented Sculpture by Bruno Catalano

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All images by Pino Falcone. My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ravagnan Gallery.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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