Lapidarium Aceves

12 Sep Rome, 2016


Arch of Constantine – Colosseum Square
15th September 2016 – time 18:30

Arch of Constantine, Colosseum, Imperial Fora, Trajan’s Market
16th September 2016 – 8th January 2017

The exhibition is curated by Prof. Francesco Buranelli who commented:

“One of the aims of Lapidarium is to throw a spotlight on the suffering of the many millions of people living with the unspeakable hardship of diaspora, constantly moving in order to survive. In so doing, Aceves also invites us to look at our own difficult history in the West – and acknowledge that in part, our wealth and cultural achievements are derived from the exploitation of others.

Lapidarium is a monument to the “losers” in that history; a space to reflect on what we have already taken from those that now seek our help and a reminder not to repeat the horrors committed in the past.”

Lapidarium is Aceves’ attempt to create a dynamic and powerful response to one of the most pressing and divisive issues of our times – the migration crisis. The artist achieves this whilst forcefully portraying that this is a catastrophe with a long historical context, with each sculpture in Lapidarium representing a moment in time from the ancient history of diaspora.
The installation is comprised of some 40 individual sculptures, ranging from 3 to 8 metres and with some
works up to 12 metres in length, being an evolving work of large scale which grow since it last exhibition in Berlin.