A Year Without Summer
2019

The Address Gallery, Brescia (IT)
Courtesy: the artist and The Address Gallery

In 1816 the planet was covered with a thick cloud of sulfur and dust. The explosion of Tambora, a stratovolcano in Indonesia, was what in technical jargon is called VEI-7, or supercolossal: 100 km3 of ashy matter dispersed into the atmosphere with a roar heard up to 2000 km away and a couple of realms wiped out in a bubble of heat. For a whole year the sun was dulled by layers of soot, it was "the year without summer", whose memory and cultural significance is preserved in the suggestions of Romanticism and in the relationship between man and catastrophe, between culture and nature, conjugated by the figure of the last man.

©Edoardo Caimi 2021