The book has been selected as one of the most interesting photo-books of 2016 by:
Before being a book, it was a dummy/maquette.
In 2014 it was awarded in the Amsterdam Unseen Dummy award, in 2015 was selected for the Kassel Photobook Award and invited to partecipate in the Mack 1st book award.
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an original tale of Italy’s XXth Century
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 artsits book, surreal and conceptual. An angry and ironic piece of art.
“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 Silvio Berlusconi, PM at that time. 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 the content literally, but rather the historical context of each 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.
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.
A lot of the material researched for the book comes from an archive I have started years ago, The Archive That You Deserve. I have organized it, for istallation purposes, into a composition of images and newspaper articles. It can be laid on a table.