Ligne de Front :: ART on the great war

On the occasion of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Artois.comm gave birth to Ligne de Front, a project where art, memory, and development of the territory blend in an extraordinary result. An exhibition sees 10 cities linked in the district of Artois, painfully at the forefront as a theater of the war, for a historical exhibition and an art exhibition where eleven artists in residence have been asked to develop site-specific projects: Rossella Piccinno / Neuve-Chapelle, Giulia Andreani / Richebourg, Claude Lévêque / La Couture, Tristan Senet & Philippe Manière  / Festubert, Jan Kopp / Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, Laurent Sfar / Cuinchy, Olga Kisseleva / Cambrin, Denis Darzacq / Auchy-les-Mines, Dominique Sampiero / Haisnes-lès-la-Bassée and Sophie Ristelhueber / Vermelles.

We were intrigued by the work of Rossella Piccinno, Italian filmmaker and video artist who has always been active in France, with her film in Limine (in the doorway) inspired by the story and the image of “Cristo das Trincheiras.” A statue of Neuve-Chapelle, damaged by bombing in 1915, was recovered from the Portuguese soldiers and kept in their trenches. Since 1957, it is in  Portugal in the Monastery of Batalha, over the graves of two unknown Portuguese soldiers dead during the Great War. A work of Piccinno that aimed to explore the memory of war, the process of construction of collective memory and the spiritual power of “telling stories.” On the threshold of the physical traces of the memory of the territory and the passing of time to wonder again about the possibility itself of memory and art. Are we really able to “imagine” and “understand” the war? Is it possible, through art, to heal the collective consciousness hit by a trauma?

Augusto Petruzzi

Ligne de Front


Neuve-Chapelle, 14/06/2014 – 28/09/2014