January 2016–December 2017
I am dead. My body has been found in 2014, somewhere between Los Angeles and Warsaw, dismembered. The labels of the clothes, fingerprints, and the number on the shoes have been carefully unstitched, deleted, washed, bleached, and delivered to oblivion. Nothing can be used for identification. Only clue, in a secret pocket sewn inside my trousers, detectives have recovered a fragile piece of paper torn from the pages of a book, written there, the words Tamam Shud, ‘this is the end’. Experts and antiquaries were consulted: those are the last two words with which ends theRubaiyat, an ancient book of esoteric poems by the Persian erudite Omar Khayyam.
Alex Cecchetti’s art project, Tamam Shud, has been selected to be produced in the framework of The Novel As Fantasy. CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and The Book Lovers proudly announce the result of the open call for the creation of a new artist’s novel, and wish to thank everyone who took part of it by sending their enthusiastic proposals. After a careful selection process, Tamam Shud is called to be a new artist’s novel to be released at the end of 2017.
What the hell have I to do with poetry and secret pockets? I don’t even know how to stitch a button.
Murder, accident, suicide, detectives haven’t found anything relevant, my identity is still unknown and me also, I don’t remember much.
Collective incantations, disappearing paintings, flower artificial hybridisation, guided tours of heaven and hell, are just some of the clues that Alex Cecchetti progressively will disseminate through an episodic structure in which a series of performances, exhibitions and other artistic events blend into the writing process and vice versa. Please save the date: 13 May 2016, for the public launch of the Tamam Shud project in CCA Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw. More information will follow soon.
To die without memories, this is the horror. You know, life is short, but death never ends. And now I have no one to love and no one to hate for the eternity. This is why I have decided to investigate over my own death myself.