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Paris – un peu d’histoire <<< click here to listen to the audio – clicca qui per sentire l’audio
Il suono di una voce che cresce, quella di mio figlio e la rassicurante tranquillità di una nonna, mia madre, che guida il nipote nell’apprendimento della lingua francese, pur se distante ho sentito quei suoni famigliari come un’occasione imperdibile, da documentare, registrare, filmare e fotografare.
E’ un segno, quello della trasmissione del sapere, di un futuro migliore, mio figlio impara il francese e l’inglese a scuola, con l’evidente intento di creare un’Europa più Europa e dei cittadini europei che possano condividere gli stessi valori, gli stessi principi e perché no, anche gli stessi riferimenti culturali.
Dedicato ad Anna Levi
(English version below)
Is there a reason why we should always look at our eye level? by repeating the same patterns we won’t be able to develop a different point of view, nontheless we hardly see people looking up in our towns at least in my middle class neighbourhood, where everyone seems so busy minding each one’s private business.
We wear hats that block our vision towards the sky, our personal blinkers, so we are not distracted by the unexpected and where the attention of men decrease there is where the unpredictable happens, that’s where we as humanity, lose contron on our own creations, our cities. Looking from the ground up we catch perspectives that not even the most carefull of architects was able to forsee and sketch, pictures that look up at the gutters can easily gather one of those unseen images so rare nowadays, where everything is pictured in an istant.
“I did not realize, untill this first solo exhibit how complex it is to set up an exhibition, the complexity, the details, from the catalogue to the installation of the pieces not to mention the intricacies of the shipment of the art pieces”.
These are the words that Cristiana Di Nardo, felt artist from Milan, used illustrate the experience.
It all started early in the morning, with the usual packing, loading and unloading, light setting procedure to be ready at mid day to welcome the artist and start shooting our interviews (soon available) and refine the final details.
I had the pleasure to work with Cristiana in the past, during FELTROSA 2012, the annual Italian feltmakers meeting, when her piece “Energy Shelter” was performed by the Collettivo Duende dance group, under the artistic direction of Annadora Scalone.
I got lucky I had 20, not only 15 minutes of fame as Andy Warhol predicted we all would have one day or another.
My 20 minutes came by chance as Michela, a dear friend and charming TV host asked me to stop by at the local TV station in Prato, TVPrato for a short interview on my work as a photographer, videomaker and art director.
In the embarassment of being on TV i tried to concentrate on other things before going on air, so I decided to pick up my small point and shoot and take pictures of the people on set, I definitely find myself at ease a lot more while taking pictures than I do when I have to talk and look into a lens, I believe I could not stare at the empty dark glass that was broadcasting my round and pale face in the air.
I have seen this process over and over in my life, it’s not mistery to me how this pasta, the orecchiette, from Puglia, is made and although I know how to make them myself, my mother is the one that holds a complete mastery of the trade, she knows how to do them blindfolded and recognizes when the dough is reacting to environmental factors such as humidity and temperature impeding the resulting pasta to be perfect.
Je te parle à travers les villes
Je te parle à travers les plaines
Ma bouche est sur ton oreiller
Les deux faces des murs font face
À ma voix qui te reconnaît
Je te parle d’éternité
A piece of my upbringing, Montesenario is where I used to go while in elementary school, with my class. The nuns used to take us up to the monastery every year, at least once a year. It seemed a long trip while it only took a handful of minutes, but the idea of hopping into the bus for the ride, the backpacks filled with food and beverages turned the whole experience into a small adventure.