pbacca.jpgPippa Bacca was married to an ideal; she believed in the kindness of humanity. That faith inspired the Italian performance artist to embark on a pilgrimage of the Middle East, dressed as a “Peace Bride.”
Bacca and fellow artist Silvia Moro hitch-hiked from Milan to Israel and the Palestinian Territories as part of the “Brides on Tour” project. They separated in Istanbul with plans to reunite in Lebanon.
“Ultimately, this long performance, this thumbing through countries devastated by wars, aimed to spreading a message of peace, of trust in people we would meet during the travel,” Moro stated. “We wanted to witness the mutual relationship of different cultures, particularly referring to feminine figure and role, by collecting written documents, but also by making videos and taking pictures of those meetings, of those people’s [lives], of their works and also of women’s conditions.”
The brides intended to end their journey by washing their wedding dresses during a public art performance in Tel Aviv. But Bacca disappeared on March 31.
Her naked body was found near the Turkish city of Gebze on April 11. Turkish police arrested Murat Karatas, 38, after he inserted his SIM card into Bacca’s cell phone. He has reportedly confessed to raping and strangling her. Bacca’s camera and pieces of her necklace were later found in Karatas’ home.
Born Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, Bacca was the niece of the late conceptual Italian artist Piero Manzoni. When she wasn’t promoting peace around the world, the 33-year-old resided in Milan.
An exhibition titled “Barisin Gelini: Pippa Bacca” (Peace Bride: Pippa Bacca) will appear at the Taksim Art Gallery in Istanbul from May 17 to May 27. The Byblos Art Gallery in Verona also plans to show photographs and other items from Bacca’s trip during an exhibit this autumn.
View a tribute posted on YouTube.