Il Quadrante, 1984
Softbound, 21,5 x 26,5
72 pages, color and black and white photographs
In stock (can be backordered)
How do we imagine the photographic report of Festa dell’Unità (the periodical festival organized in many italian cities by some left wing parties)?
Definitely the foreshortened speaker, certainly a great leader and then a strong focus on the crowd, with a minute and careful analysis of the various social classes involved, the categories and the expression of the various forms of participation. And then the flags, of course, and the crowds around the flags.
In other words, the usual construction of the story with the usual ritual, analogous, for example, to that of the parades, which has become known to be totally ineffective.
The authors chosen for this collective work, on the other hand, do not make use of the familiar and reassuring language, but, aided by sharp and brilliant captions, find a key that digs deeper, in an attempt to interpret and identify places, spaces, facts, characters.
Each of them explores the theme in an absolutely peculiar, unprecedented, non ritual way, sometimes with a background of anxiety, encouraging us to question ourselves about the profound reasons that have made the Festa dell’Unità an innovative political and cultural event, a break with tradition and the way of being of the political demonstrations held until then.
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