Italy’s XXth Century is narrated through extracts of Carlo Collodi’s novel, matched to a selection of Italian images coming from the web. An angry and ironic piece of art. Surreal and conceptual.
“The real motivation came from a feeling of indignation, and it pushed me to realize the project. A feeling of anger and consternation in front of international mockery for the public and private shenanigans of the then PM Berlusconi. Italy through the filter of ‘berlusconism’ philosophy had become a ridicolous circus, staging depressing shows. So…it made sense to spotlight that pathetic nonsense. Indulging in the luxury of denouncing, with a lot of smiling” L.T.
Lorenzo Tricoli is an artist who uses photography as his privileged expressive tool; in this case, to realize the project, he has chosen the modality of appropriation. The artistic gesture is confined within editing choices. Choosing the images, as a result of an extensive online search; choosing the extracts from Collodi’s novel, and then match them together.
The justapoxed texts and images tell a story of their own. The artist doesn’t create or transforms but nevertheless ignites a metamorphosis that takes shape in the matching of images and texts, creating a radical change of meaning of both. Dramatic moments in Italian recent history – like the Years of Lead or enviromental catastrophes– get mixed up with scandals and corruption, and blend with lighter and funny events of popular culture, bringing everything back on the same level. At the center of everything, the artistic operation of reshuffling the meanings attributed by the media to images. Characters of the events are treated like clowns or unaware comedians in a circus-like show, in which the daily tragedy and comedy mixes together and blend seamlessly.
How to follow the thread? How to better understand the events represented in the chosen images? Through the notes, (that are) a tale within a tale. Thought out as a single narrative stream, they don’t describe literally the content, but rather describe the historical context of the image. The book’s timeline is dictated from Collodi’s text, but the events represented in the images are not in chronological order. Through the notes, the mosaic of 20th century Italy is reassembled, and you might also be able to fantasize on possible links between facts apparently disconnected. All the material gathered together converges into an archive created by Lorenzo Tricoli, The Archive You Deserve, a delirious and ever changing collection, based on real documents, of Italy’s recent history. The Archive You Deserve is itself an open piece of the artist, that keeps evolving, while the material is added. It’s an archive-artwork that, like the web virtual archive, remains intangible and almost trasparent, with a red thread represented by the belonging to recent italian history.
A journey amid the greatness, ambiguities, miseries, beauty, surreality, flashes of genius, insolence, madness, moral corruption, eccentricity and the many contradictions and “chiaroscuros” of 20th century Italy.