“Village without name” – Colobraro
My first invite came from a town in the south of Italy in the province of Basilicata that since the 1600s has been considered so “unlucky” that the neighbouring villages won’t even pronounce its name. Children were given an amulet with magic herbs at birth to protect them. It would be worn at all auspicious occasions, including weddings and ceremonies. I was delighted to be invited to paint along with the rocking and eclectic music selection of Alberto Totire. Witches danced, villagers sang, there was theatre, good food and wine. And us, painting the town with no name.