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Riccardo Giacconi


Rorhof, Bolzano — 2020
SFr. 37.00
Pages: 41 boxed loose-leaf cards
Edition: First edition
Dimensions: 14 x 24 cm
Language: Italian
ISBN: 978-88-94881-06-6

Options reflects on the consequences of the annexation of South Tyrol to Italy at the end of WWI. When the area sandwiched between the present-day Austrian and Trentino boundaries officially became an Italian province in 1918, ending centuries of Austro-Hungarian domination, a choice was given to the local communities: they could either stay, naturalise as Italians and side with the Fascists, or they could emigrate to the Third Reich and leave behind their culture and possessions.

Options is a box containing a set of playing cards that bear each an image, inspired by traditional heraldry, and a text, emerging from Giacconi’s interviews with various South Tyrolean personalities. The book emerges from a research conducted by Riccardo Giacconi (1985), an artist and essayist investigating language and narration as sociopolitical phenomena. Illustrations are by Giulia Marzin.

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