Event || Public art
The race of the poor christs
It’s difficult to understand the meaning of "povero cristo" [poor christ] if you are not Italian, because it’s a cultural thing. It has nothing to do with Christ or the Bible, although it’s difficult to have nothing to do with the Church here in Italy. The term “poor Christ'' is used to refer to a poor or unfortunate person, but with a sense of irony.
In English you say "everyone has their own cross to carry". Your "cross" could be your partner, or your roommate who really stinks, or even a fight against cancer, job insecurity or an inability to resist sweets.
For this project, 50 “poor Christs”, were selected on the basis of their individual crosses, in order to compete against each other for their great and small misfortunes, running carrying a large cross with their "cross" or problem written on it.
The idea of the project was to lighten that cross just for a moment and laugh together, instead of always complaining. Many inscriptions arrived, including stories about their individual crosses. Reading them all together was a glimpse of humanity