Waiting For The Next One (Aspettando Il Prossimo)
This is a body of work concerned with understanding Italy’s relationship with earthquakes, utilizing imagery from Italian Neorealist cinema, which portrays: truth, naturalness, authenticity and documents and confirms the great Italian ability to re-present the real.
The images in this body of work ask these questions: is passively waiting, and not preparing for earthquakes, particularly Italian? Are Italians somehow attached to the drama connected with tragedy? I have chosen frames from Italian movies that seemingly catch Italians in the exact moment of recognition that something is about to happen. I place these images alongside more abstract images of seismic activity, intending to put Italians face to face with the earth beneath their feet. This work was presented in Gibellina, a town wiped clean by an earthquake in 1968 and turned into Alberto Burri’s famous land art I Cretti (the cracks), which covers the town like a shroud.
La terra trema Visconti 1948, 100 x 120 cm.
Fantozzi 1975 tsunami, 80 x 80 cm each.
I Soliti Ignoti Monicelli 1961, 100 x 70 cm, seismic map 70 x 50 cm.
Don Camille Gallone 1955, 100 x 70 cm, Un Americano a Roma Alberto Sordi 1954, 50 x 60 cm.
Volcano Otto Mieterle Anna Magnani 1950 60 x 60 cm, L'Aquila map zona rossa 50 x 60 cm.
La Dolce Vita Fellini 1960, 60 x 60cm, plate tectonics.
Che ora è Scala 1989, 70 x 40 cm, seismic movement.
L'avventura, Antonioni 1960, 30 x 40 cm, sediments.
La Strada Fellini 1954, 30 x 40 cm, seismic activity.
Lina Wertmüller, 30 x 40 cm, seismogram.
Fist full of dollars Sergio Leone 1964, 30 x 40 cm, seismic waves.
C'era una volta il West Sergio Leone 1968, 25 cm Ø, plate techtonics.
Floor collage on cement floor.
Movies on trowels.