With ACHERON I Renato Nicolodi suggested a link between our contemporary society and the mythological underworld. Acheron, derived from the Greek word achos, in mythology symbolizes the "river of sorrow". The mythical river is the way to the underworld, where the dead cross over under the guidance of Charon. Acheron is also a real river in northwestern Greece, which flows partly underground. This natural phenomenon may be the basis for the myth. In Bruges, Nicolodi’s artwork embodied this transition which forms a link between life and death. The surface of the water served as a boundary. The sculpture was a haven, a gateway, a port between the present, the future and the past.
Renato Nicolodi (b. 1980, Brussel, BE) graduated in painting at Sint-Lukas in Brussels in 2003 and in 2007 he was a laureate at HISK in Ghent. In the following years, he took a remarkable course, in which his interest quickly shifted to sculptural installations.