The character of the Sibil·la, declared by UNESCO Immaterial Patrimony of Mankind in 2010, is among the best cultural manifestations representing the survival of our ancient traditions. Its ancestral origins and pagan connotations have been always linked to the representations of women as the great protagonist of old myths.
Possessing a gaze that transcends and predicts what centuries will bring, the Sibil·la was adopted later on by the Christianity as the voice that echoes the announcement of the end of the world by the ancient Oracle.
Somehow, this very ancient character becomes fully contemporary, as a woman that interrogates us, remaining motionless in front of the devastation, hiding her face to avoid showing her feelings of horror, looking down, unable to bear her terrible mission.
The Sibil·la announces the Apocalypse. A devastation that reminds us of the contemporary drama of exile or of the refuges camps… situations causing the loss of identity of humans. In front of all these circumstances, we are lucky to still have places of consciousness and memory that preserve the richness of a cultural legacy that evokes the most representative values of the western world.
Private Collection. Mallorca
Author: Marta Blasco