Concept

MArt school of art, invited by Federico Bertolazzi of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, in partnership with the Cátedra Agustina Bessa-Luís, the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome and the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) in Lisbon, organised the printmaking exhibition Orto di Incendio, marking the release of the Italian translation of the book Horto de Incêndio by poet Al Berto.

The artists were invited to work freely from Al Berto’s poetry at the MArt Printmaking Studio to create a body of work consisting of a series of ten artworks, either in multiple prints or not. Fidelity to a matrix, the way it is perceived and the similarity, dissimilarity or variation in the prints amongst themselves was in each case a personal choice, assumed as a creative premise or as a result of the work process itself.

Some of these artist’s practices do not include engraving or printing, while others include them regularly in their work. This project aimed to openly welcome this diversity by providing the encounter between the different authorial paths and the work of Al Berto, using printmaking as a tool as well as a way of thinking.

From the 27 series of works, 10 collections were produced and now edited by MArt Printmaking Studio. 

Ana Natividade

Head of MArt’s printmaking studio