Title: G8/VENTI. Un sogno in sospeso
Photographer(s): Luca Nizzoli Toetti, Francesco Acerbis, Elio Colavolpe, Carlo Hermann, Luana Monte, Mirco Toniolo
Writer(s): Federico Montaldo, don Luigi Ciotti, Donatella della Porta, Carlo Greppi
Designer(s): 48/ Marco Pea, Ilaria Carcano
Publisher(s): Emuse, Milano, Italy
Size: 16,5 x 23,5 cm
Print: Poligrafiche San Marco, Cormons, Italy
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Italy, 2001
What was Genoa? What lessons has it left us? How is it possible to reweave the threads of the claims that were at the basis of the protests that animated the variegated movement commonly defined as "no global"?
Starting with the language of photography, which has the power to take us inside the events without mediation, G8|venti. Un sogno in sospeso retraces, twenty years later, the dramatic days of July 2001: the barricaded city, the river of festive and frightened demonstrators, the clashes with the police, the tragedy of the injured and those who lost their lives, in the context of a distance between politics and citizens, effectively summed up by the slogan "You G8, we 6 billion".
"Those summer days at the beginning of the millennium - the culmination of two years of converging struggles - were able to silence a generation", writes Carlo Greppi in one of the three essays contained in this volume, which combines documentary photography with some reflections, with the aim of updating the debate suspended by those events and those that followed at international level.
For the young people, and also for those who were there, whether militants or not, the demands are still there. Like a karst river, they have continued to flow, they have been divided and reunited, they have taken on different tones, forms and accents, but they have not yet found a real outlet, an effective political reception. Although it is bitter to note that, with a twenty-year delay, many of those same demands - from the climate emergency to the excessive power of multinationals, to the issue of labour - have now entered the international political agenda.
From the introduction of the book.