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Women’s Empowerment: Sardinia

Sardinia and Women’s Empowerment: Warriors symbol of strength and creativity.

Sardinia evokes in the collective imagination a fairytale environment: waters of a crystalline sea with iridescent shades ranging from turquoise blue to emerald green and kilometers of beaches with fine white sand like sugar.

But this wonderful land of unspoiled nature is also a place of art and culture, let’s discover it together by imagining a virtual itinerary under the banner of female genius.

The first stage is the castle of Sanluri, a mighty manor of the Giudicato age that rises in the Middle Campidano, of the medieval Sardinian castles it is the only one still habitable.

The castle was built between 1188 and 1195, by the will of Judge Pietro I of Arborea, for mainly defensive purposes. Currently, it constitutes a suggestive important museum pole.

The castle has always been linked to the name of Eleonora d’Arborea even if it is not certain that the great judge took it as her home, however it offers the opportunity to make a great woman known. Eleonora d’Arborea was born in Molins De Rei in Catalonia in about 1347 and died in the Giudicato of Arborea in 1403. A warrior and political woman of great wisdom, Carlo Cattaneo, one of the greatest European intellectuals of the nineteenth century, defined her as “the most important figure wonderful woman who has Italian stories “.

With fine foresight, the judge of Arborea updated the Carta de Logu, promulgated first by her father and then revisited by her brother. An innovative legal jewel for that time, which recalled, among others, the principle of legal certainty, establishing written laws valid for all. For these reasons, the Carta de Logu remained in force for more than four hundred years.

The second stage is the home of the great writer Grazia Deledda (Nuoro 1871- Rome 1936), the first Italian woman to receive the Nobel Prize for literature; the Swedish Academy awarded her the prize with the following motivation: “For her power as a writer, supported by a high ideal, who portrays life in plastic forms which she is in her secluded birthplace and who treats problems with depth and warmth of general human interest “.

The house, recalled in the work of the writer, is now used as a museum, everything in this place (manuscripts, personal objects, photographs) evokes the indissoluble bond of the writer with her land and its deepest traditions. In fact, Deledda will never forget, even after her transfer to Rome, her roots and will claim her cultural identity in her works.

The theme of the journey, which we find recurrently in her novels, is an allegory of an existential journey at the end of which the protagonists will acquire greater awareness of themselves, of the world around them, and of life itself, the writer analyzes and describes with great talent the deepest feelings and conflicts of the human soul.

The avid reader will go against the limits and prejudices of her time, she wrote of herself: “I am a little girl, … but I am bold and brave like a giant and I do not fear intellectual battles“.

The third and final stage of our itinerary is La Stazione dell’Arte in Ulassai, the Foundation Museum dedicated to the works and life of Maria Lai (Ulassai 1919 – Cardedu 2013), a great contemporary artist.

Maria Lai spent a deliberately secluded existence, characterized by long silences in which she could give free space to her idea of ​​art. His reflections found expression in his sewn fairy tales, famous are his weaves and threads that weave stories in the form of works of art, for which his main source of inspiration was the ancient Sardinian legends daughters of a primitive civilization that it had to be narrated and protected.

The metaphorical language of the woven and intertwined threads became the signs of his personal writing and the thread as a symbol of existence connoted that dreamlike and fairytale world fruit of the artist’s poetry and language.

His art takes us by the hand, makes us imagine elsewhere, with his threads he traced the celestial maps and showed infinite universes. Art also plays as a means of knowing yourself and relating to society.

Maria Lai believed in the saving power of art and with her art, she intended to express her history and the life of man, with her aspects of light and darkness, of a story that originates from the sun and that at the end of its process, towards the sun it returns.

These women managed with their courage and their intelligence to be recognized as protagonists not only of their time but also of example today. Warrior women who fought to maintain their identity in a world such as that of justice, politics, and art that at the time was exclusive and dominated by men, leaving behind a cultural heritage from which future generations could have drawn inspiration.

Sardinia is also this!

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