1991, Foligno (PG)
Cross-correspondences is the initial phase of a work in progress of archiving of photographs, texts, video and audio films, found in Cascito, in the mountain area of Foligno (PG), produced by and belonged to Evelino Massenzi (Foligno 1906-2011), autodidact researcher and experimenter engaged in the study of ethereal energies through the tangible contact with the spiritual. This poster is the first possibility of a symbolic appropriation of the materials. The four offset plates, every of which corresponding to a color of the CMYK printing process, show the prepress of the poster, a phase of opening and possibility as the current phase of research and study of the archive.
ANGELO FORTUNATO (2017)
Angelo Fortunato Formiggini (Collegiara, June 21st, 1878 – Modena, November 29th, 1938) was a Jewish publisher from Modena active from 1908 to 1938, year of the Fascist racial laws and that of his suicide. He established his business in Rome and in November 1938 decided to go back to his hometown Modena to jump from the tower next to the Duomo.
He chose suicide as an act of protest against a repressive and racist policy which progressively censured and shut down his business. The gesture was totally unexpected, considering Formiggini’s goliardic attitude and the focus of his publishing work, the subject of laughing, a fundamental element of human nature which, in his editorial research, is elevated to literary and cultural content worthy of recognition as such.
The installation is composed of a photograph from the Formiggini Archive, held in the Estense Library in Modena, four books each of which corresponds to a category containing photographs of the documents extracted from the archive and a postcard for free distribution.
The work tries to take out the documents from the archive which holds them but somehow also hides them, thus concealing a story of resistence and freedom of which the epilogue is tragic and mocking at the same time: between the suicide and the philosophy of laughing there is a space of discrepancy but also of consistency, and that is the space where Formiggini stands.