Point of view. Leif Arffmann


My journey trought the fileds of eternity continues after Erotic Abandonment. During my walks I came across this wonderful work of Pietro Canonica. One of the images will surely become a sheet of my installation Erotic Abandonment.
What is the difference between eroticism and pornography, between desecration and kitsch is an exciting topic, but this is not what I'm interested in seeing this lady holding a skull beneath the breast. What interests me is that only man judges the beautiful and enjoys it.
Interested in what the man is like a thought of the english philosopher Roger Scruton that I love very much.
So I just got this note written by the Danish theologian Leif Arffmann and I like to share.


In 2012, from 23th to 25th of March, I visited the conference “TanExplora”, in Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italy. This was where I first met the works of Valeria Paniccia, as the installation “Erotico Abbandono” was to be seen in the palace. It was impressing and of high pedagogic value to be accompanied through the installation, from one grave monument to the other. The words “beauty” and “memory” took me by the hand, as it is very important for the memory to make a stop by marks of beauty and put the question: Where was I?


The installation “Erotico Abbandono” made it very clear, that grave monuments not only represent a certain age, a certain century or a certain period, but also he archetypes which we identify as being above the age and century, the timeless values. The sexuality is part of this. Therefore the grave monuments often have to represent both the beauty and sensual expressions of a beloved wife or daughter, but also the grief and mourning, caused by the absence. The installation of Valeria Paniccia expresses the ambiguity of this feeling and makes it possible for the language of art to speak of the great values of the life.
In cyberspace (on the Internet) I have seen the exhibition “
Non ti farai immagine alcuna”. This exhibition is of very high importance, as the way we talk about God and try to combine the word God with expressions of art is a way to talk with actuality about religion. During many centuries the evangelical lutheran theological tradition stresses the importance of the word (sola scriptura). But during the last years a new wave has turned up: The importance of the picture. To speak about God is also to speak about the diversity of expressions. This is just what “Non ti farai immagine alcuna”shows with intelligent examples.
The installation and the exhibition are of great value for the language of art in the present age and I shall be looking forward to other works by Valeria Paniccia.

Leif Arffmann
Master of Theology. Dean in the Danish Lutheran Church