1982, Tradate (VA)
“[Humanity], the restless sea outside, sloshed against the landing jetty of dementia, its waves breaking on senseless shores, offering its perennial foam, slurping up its own filthy backwash”
from The Knowledge of Pain by Carlo Emilio Gadda
Itaca is a tale told in images split into three parts: Pensatore, Al planetario and Isola. The photographs and the video tell the symbolic story of a man on a quest to discover himself. The subject depicted in Pensatore is an individual confined to his own mind. His hand is stuck to his face with a piece of parcel tape. The taping blocks him in a pose of meditation, also reminiscent of a lament.
The photograph of the stars was taken in a planetarium. The inner structure of dome shows the surface onto which the stars are projected. The aim is to make the illusion of infinity visible, sealed off within an empty architectural space, and thus metaphorically representing the limits of knowledge.
The third part of the story is a video created by following a piece of tangerine peel abandoned on a bus. This negligible element, illuminated by the city lights, evokes the image of an island and thus suggests a possible destination for the journey.