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Recurring Event Event Series: U’ncuontru

U’ncuontru

A film by Adrian Paci

April 15th , 10:00am 5:00pm

On loop in the Historic Chapel 
April 1st–April 17th, 10am–5pm

Adrian Paci, U’ncuontru still image

Adrian Paci’s U’ncuontru (2021) was inspired by the religious ritual of the ‘Madonna vasa vasa’, which takes place every year on Easter Sunday in the Sicilian town of Modica and is attended by thousands of onlookers. After a long procession, the statues of the risen Christ and of the Virgin Mary come together at midday where the traditional “vasata” (“kissing”) takes place, a jubilant reuniting of mother and son. 

Free and open to the public

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In 2021, due to the pandemic, the procession could not take place, but Paci imagined a nocturnal and clandestine meeting taking place regardless of the restrictions. A meeting far from the daylight and lacking the enthusiastic participation of the crowd. A silent and intimate encounter between a mother and son—between a woman veiled in black who removes her cloak and embraces the risen Christ—despite the absence of applause, revelry, and music. 

From April 1st through May 7th, Paci’s solo exhibition, The Wanderers, will be on display at kaufmann repetto (55 Walker Street in Manhattan). The artist will be present for an opening reception on Friday, April 1st, 6–8pm. 

Free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary. Please consider a donation to The Green-Wood Historic Fund so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programs throughout the year.