Born in Brescia in 1977, Marta Roberti lives and works in Rome. Her meditative approach lends itself to drawing on paper*. She assembles different elements according to the space available, combining animals, goddesses, self-portraits and fragments of wild, untouched landscapes. The female representations that populate her imagination are essentially major goddesses whose cult flourished at the dawn of civilization. These myths speak of a distant world where women and the feminine creative principle were honored above all else, recognized as the origin of life.
Thanks to excavations carried out by feminist archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, Neolithic cultures have been rediscovered and studied, revealing a real “lost world,” where societies were characterized by their egalitarian dimension. Gender relations were balanced, as female power was considered the highest in the universe, since it had the capacity to give life.
Entitled Ancestors of a time to come, the installation** designed by Marta Roberti for this Dior haute couture défilé is a tribute to these goddesses, supreme forces who governed the universe, divine mothers often accompanied by leopards, bulls, snakes and other animals. A vision of art and life, where the fundamental aim is not to conquer and plunder, but to cultivate the land and provide the material and spiritual necessities for a dignified life.
Maria Alicata and Paola Ugolini (exhibition curators)
*Traditional handmade paper from China.
**Marta Roberti’s work, exhibited in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, can be viewed by the public from July 4 to 9, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
© Adrien Dirand © Marta Roberti © Chanakya School of Craft