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keane the nuns of barga 2009014Three weeks ago during the night, a couple of painted nuns appeared on a wall on a disused building in Barga Vecchia.

Although nobody ever took responsibility for the paintings it was no secret that the artist Keane has been working for the last two years* on a series of paintings based around the Nuns of Barga and so most people assumed it was a continuation of that work.

What people were not prepared for was when one of the painted figures then just disappeared during the night when no witnesses were around.  Was it painted over ? First there were two, then one.

As it turned out they were not painted directly onto the walls but instead were painted on paper that was then glued to the wall with flour paste.

Last night the second nun vanished like the first. The image being cleanly ripped off the wall whole  … no clues as to just who was responsible … is there somebody out there collecting images of nuns or did somebody dislike the images so much that that felt they had to remove them?

They have gone but strangely enough they have left behind a a nun like outline on the wall where they once were .. a ghostly nun after- image.

It kind of fits with the work that Keane has been doing somehow ……. this is what he said in May of last year –

The work is based around a small group of people who have been living and working in Barga for generations, but now as a group are close to extinction – the nuns of Barga.

Their numbers can be counted on one hand, and they always seemed to move around in a group. Just what is the collective noun for a group of nuns .. a flock of nuns, a gaggle .. a pride maybe ? Very rarely is it possible to spot a single nun in the streets of the city.

The main group comprising of three very aged women, all diminutive in stature, and all three of formidable character.

Local residents, describe these three nuns, as always appearing aged. It would seem that nobody can remember them as young women. And there lies the problem, the young Italian women are no longer becoming nuns.

It is very difficult to find recent data on the precise number of nuns living and working in Italy but their numbers are decreasing rapidly and even the new novices coming in from Africa and Asia can no longer fill the gap.

Shortly, this compact group of dark clad women moving ghost like through the streets of Barga will be just that – ghostly memories

* his interest in this subject dates back more than two years as this short film on youtube is from sept 2005.

Work in progress 2008 – 2009 – more here

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deety

Flour paste, umm…if that’s the case then it wasn’t Keane…. unless we are talking chestnuts..

beauly
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Chestnut flour? Corn flour maybe… Just doesn’t add up?

beauly
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two nuns or not two nuns…. that is the question?

jack nannini
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jack nannini

I dunnnow what’s goin’ on
and it’s nun of my business anyhow …

but enough of all this nunsense!

fviviano
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fviviano

Why is this such a suore point with Jack?

beauly
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“Why is this such a suore point with Jack?”

Wow! good one, I had to look it up, but it works!

deety
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deety

Stick your own up.
Guaranteed tear-free portable reusable life-sized paper stick up nuns for only 29.99, but be quick before there is nun left.