Antoine PIERINI created the series of work « Contemporary Vestiges / Vestiges Contemporain » to question our relationship to the Mediterranean Cultural heritage, a foundation to our societies with a universal impact.
This series of works includes « amphoras and jars » and the installation titled « the warrior ».
The amphora is a Mediterranean object by excellence : made out of clay, they were used during Antiquity to carry liquids and other more or less exotic products from one side of the Mediterranean to the other.
Tracing the history of its movements and distribution evokes the lifestyle of all the people and civilisations who, for thousands of years, contributed to shape and feed into our identity. It also questions our relationship to what the Greek, and then the Romans, called Mare Nostrum.
Since the dawn of time, this sea allowed goods and people to travel, whatever shores they were from.
Antoine PIERINI has chosen to name his collection “Contemporary Vestiges”; an oxymoron that seeks to challenge us. The association of the word "Vestiges", which refers to the ancient, heritage, perhaps also precious, fragmentary and fragile character of an object and of "contemporary" surprises: how can an object be old and contemporary at the same time? By diverting the amphora, an ancestral and useful object of its primary function, by reinterpreting its shape and decor in a contemporary way, Antoine PIERINI offers us an element of response.
"Vestiges", in the plural, is also understood as a synonym of the word "trace". The vestige is the trace left by someone or something, it is what remains of something that has disappeared. In this sense, the "vestige" is very often an object that is exhumed. Other questions then arise: what to do with this object, this trace left by someone else, this heritage when we discover it? Accept it, ignore it, reject it?
For us, contemporaries of the 21st century, the amphora is a vestige in itself since we no longer use this object. What then makes it contemporary?
"My artistic approach and my aesthetic, which resonates with the cultures of the past and seeks to question our heritage" could be one of the artist's responses.