“Teste Nere” (Black Heads) is a work on the Ethiopian War, one of the most brutal of the Nineteenth Century Occupation wars. The Italian fascist army committed a number of shameful actions and war crimes for whom no one has ever paid.
In our country, it is still a taboo, and Italian people today do not know what really happened there during that time. Within Italy, just one notion of the Italian colonist has triumphed: Italiani brava gente.
But the reality was very different and much rougher: we used chemical weapons on civilians, we raped women and men, and we massacred thousands of innocent people.
Dealing with this taboo can be like Volta’s key, enabling us to start facing up to the problem of racism in our country.
On the other hand, the theme of voodoo religion is a pretext to address the issue of Afro-American slavery and how black culture has always been exploited as a way of demonstrating black people’s inferiority in relation to white colonists.
Teste Nere is a photobook made of reworked archive material and a wall installation realised by a series of pictures made in my region. It is a fake story supported by real facts and voodoo magic
Texts and pictures, extracted from books and essays (including: Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag, The Magic Island by W. B. Seabrook, Symbols of Sacred Science by René Guénon, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon with a preface by Jean-Paul Sartre, Alchemy by Marie-Louise von Franz, African Poems by Léopold Sédar Senghor, Traits from Revue Du Monde Noire) provide underpinning support for the installation.
All of those texts and images are starting points for deeper thought on the urgent need for an egalitarian approach to international human relationships.
luglio 13, 2017