47 azioni eugenio montale 47 poesie
rita canarezza & pier paolo coro
february 5th - 19th march, 2017
opening: february 5th 2017, 6 pm
riss(e), varese, italy
Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro
curated by Alessandro Castiglioni
February 5th - 19th March, 2017
Opening: Sunday, February 5th 2017, 6 pm
via San Pedrino 4, Varese, Italy
Itís 1950. The border between Italy and San Marino is controlled and blocked by the police: the small state had just opened a casino despite the opposition of Italy.
In the same year Eugenio Montale won the first and the only edition of the San Marino Literary Prize with a set of 47 poems that would make up the volume of The Storm and Other Things, eventually published in 1956. To obtain the substantial prize of one million lire, Montale walked across the border, almost like an illegal immigrant.
Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro recount this story through a new art installation project, between word and image, in which the 47 actions/poems come to us as the fragmentary and intentional cropping of short passages from Montaleís poems, relating the whole work to an intimate dimension, unknown and at the same time removed from the entire episode. It is a crossing of borders, languages and practices, like the many crossings that artists themselves have often had to make on their questing journeys. The event recounted also has a wider symbolic potential, and could speak of territoriality, identity and history.
cameraman and video editing: Massimo Salvucci