QUESTO ANONIMATO E' SOVVERSIVO is a project by Ruben Montini.
It consists on a journey through each European Country and it aims to create a colossal hand embroidery piece that will be the result of the cooperation between people living across the EU.
During the tour, we invite people who practice hand embroidery, not only on a professional scale, but also as a free time activity or a hobby, and also people who simply want to experiment their skills and contribute to the project. Thus, we ask them to intervene directly on the same fabric, a white cotton cloth which measures approximately 30 meters long and 1.50 meters wide. They are welcome to occupy any space of the cloth, empty or already taken by other participants, and free to express themselves using the embroidery as media, with no restrictions or no borders, just like the EU should be.
Each participant’s contribution will be a significant addition to the final piece. However, when losing the specificity and recognizability as an individual work, it will culminate in a special dialogue, a unique motif that metaphorically expresses the beauty of the EU, a melting pot of different people, sharing common grounds and similar cultural backgrounds.
The work has started at the end of April 2017 when students and teachers at the Royal School of Needlework have worked for an entire day on the white cotton cloth. Subsequently, the work has traveled to Berlin, hosted by the Museum Europäischer Kulturen where, on the 10th of June, visitors and participants were able to carry on the work started in London and add their own new motifs on the sheet.
During the travel, the artist is accompanied by photographer Ela Bialkowska, who documents the entire journey and every single encounter. The work, therefore, will be completed by a printed catalog composed by a selection of photographs and videos illustrating the entire process.