La stanza delle Memorie


January 27th ~ February 27th, 2010

Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti and Palazzo Ducale, Genova

Works selected within The International Holocaust Remembrance Day [programme of the exhibition - Italian]


[Barred lives]

An eye.
Goggled since August 12th, 1944.
The work was made expressly for La stanza delle Memorie; but one of the components of the photographic montage (the eye) belongs to a 2008 shoot in Sant'Anna di Stazzema, then animated to converge on the Una mattina d'agosto documentary (produced and broadcast by RAI - Italian public broadcast company for La Storia siamo noi).
The eyes of a doll that, abandoned into the blind fury of the Nazi slaughter, saw perfectly. Saw everything. And now, still wide open, are narrating...
These eyes become those of the child who held the doll, a wide-eyed child. But she did not see everything: She saw until someone, blinded by hatred of diversity, wanted to make those eyes and life blind... Wide open eyes because of fear, indubitably; but also because of incredulity and lack of understanding of such events. Adults may barely understand the sole superficial causes; let alone what explanation a child might find...
Those, the lives victims of (every form of) prosecution, are barred lives. Violently broken. But even when outliving prosecution, they remain lives constrained by the bars of a cage. As the testimonies of the three children surviving prove: Three lives pierced by the bars of a cage of memories...


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