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May 10, 2019 - June 2, 2019

Photo from Babel exhibition

with Michela Battaglia and Stefano De Luigi
May 10 – June 2, 2019
Palazzo Ducale Genova
Genova, Italy

Babel is a visual meditation on the use of photography through two of the most relevant examples in today’s capitalistic society: billboard advertising (as seen in the Paris underground) and Daesh propaganda imagery. The project aims at combining two contrasting and apparently antithetic messages. It attempts a portrayal of the war which is being fought – by unprecedented means, on unprecedented fields – between a Western civilization, which is losing its identity, and an alleged Caliphate, which proposes a whole array of radical moral values, by distorting one of the world’s most widespread religions.

In 2003 the American writer and intellectual Susan Sontag wrote that: “shock has become a leading stimulus of consumption and source of value.” Since then, the tolerance threshold has continued to rise. On one hand, we have become insensitive to – if not greedy for – a certain level of pornography of pain. And a debasing representation of women. While power, money, and productivity have become the only solid values which are worth to pursue in life. On the other hand, there’s a promise of a sense of belonging, of redemption from solitude, anonymity and social exclusion.

In both cases, only appearances, degenerations.

Babel portrays our unconscious daily life, exposed to the constant abuse of a rainstorm of images that we cannot escape, from which there is no shelter.

We might as well stop running and open our eyes wide without fear.


May 10, 2019
June 2, 2019
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