The mark we leave does not depend on the direction we take but on the view we have of the world. After all, "if you go round and round staring at your tail, it is useless to offer you horizons", as Maria Luisa Spaziani summed up with a pleasant harshness granted only to poets. And so maybe we have to go to unknown places, with the verses of the masters in our pockets, not so much to follow in their footsteps, but to try to find what they were looking for. Artists do it by vocation, by necessity, by culture, history, tradition but more than anything else because they can't do without it. They deal with the path of mankind and seek the meaning of things. This is why the Foundation concerns itself with them and promotes exhibitions such as "Human crossing", which reflects precisely on the imprint, on the mark it leaves: "Footprints of culture and Peace".

The inauguration is scheduled for April 17, the works can be admired until May 17. “Covid permitting” is now almost superfluous to write, but what the virus cannot prevent will be the online dissemination of the contents of the exhibition, which will be ensured even in the event of new closures. In fact, during the installation the organizers will have the opportunity to create multimedia content every day with interviews, in-depth videos on the authors, photos, texts and live streaming which will testify the progress of the work, illustrate the details of the exhibition and the philosophy that animates it. Everything will be available on the website and on the social networks of the Foundation and the International Association of Plastic Arts Italy (Aiapi), which is collaborating in the event.

Pablo Caviedes and Giulio Orioli, the two artists chosen by the curator Roberto Ronca, will accompany us on this journey with completely different narrative airs and intentions, but with a focus on the same subject: the path of the human being.

By moving we change territories, cultures, ways of thinking, in short, we evolve. Sometimes we even arrive on the moon wearing boots that leave a shallow footprint, but which in the absence of wind becomes indelible and remains there. Man's task seems to be to transform the environment, yet this does not happen only with technical-industrial thinking, but above all through the development of culture.

"The meaning of things lies in knowledge itself and the only knowledge that helps progress is that which is shared. The movement is twofold: what is imported is at the same time exported from another place; and if the mind is a non-place that lives only when it grows, it is the exchange that can keep it alive”, explains Ronca. "The human being - he continues - grows only in a virtuous circle of exchange of experiences, cultures, minds, life. What does all this lead to? The search for Peace, the ultimate goal of the cultured man".

This is also why Maria Dolens invites us to experiment with new paths, to look ahead, to venture on unexplored paths. Seneca has been saying this for two thousand years: "If one follows in the footsteps of another, he finds nothing. Indeed he does not even seek."

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