... POLISGRAMMA operates
on the memory of the collectivity and calls
the individual to experience a sense of belonging, heuristically
proceeding in the research of being's fragments, forgotten
among house walls, in the original paths of the human species.
It rebuilds the fragments of a disintegrated social corpus, gives voice
back to emotion ... However, at the same time, it is precisely
those symbolic barriers, the yard fences or the painting frame, which ensures
that it is, in fact, art (as it was a dream before).
(Riccardo Scognamiglio: "Polisgramma: Le barriere trasparenti
- una lettura psicoanalitica", 1989)
"POLISGRAMMA is 'writing' and at the same time
'sign of the city'. The theoretical foundation which structuralizes
the Gruppo 12 artists' interventions is of an ethic-aesthetic nature, it
has a 'social' dimension, as well as a 'civic' value. For its 'action'
within the urban tissue, it assumes a high idea of the polis, a
stratified 'summa' - in space and time - of an uninterrupted series of
gestures-signs. The polis is a body undergoing transformation,
a vital organism aiming at persistency in space and time, but with the
risk of death by virus, metastasis, aging, negligence; this is the place
of intervention: of memory, of imagination, of art".
(Anna Cochetti, Art Critic,1998 )
"Working on the fences of the Rome building ground yards means to
privilege a radically alternative exposition space for artists. This
certainly appears as a smart choice, particularly when a highly complex
environmental impact is faced, as is the case with the metal fences of
the Nerva Forum excavation yard. The Gruppo 12 artists ... with profound
sensibility, (have) realized the connection between the excavation yard
structures and art, element of material and cultural transformation, complementing
the archeological excavation and the monument restoration with a series
of original works inspired from the fascination of the past, although with
strong implications with the present and the future of this ancient heart
of the city".
(Gianni Borgna, Assessor for Cultural Affaires at Rome Municipality,