Title: IN QUARTA PERSONA
Photographer(s): Martin Errichiello, Filippo Menichetti
Writer(s): Vittorio Iervese, Marcello Anselmo
Designer(s): Nicolas Polli
Publisher(s): Skinnerboox, Jesi, Italy
Print run: 500
Language(s): Italian / English
Size: 23 x 31,5 cm
Binding: Swiss binding
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Italy, 1969
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Thanks to the authors for sending me the book, that's another way to support the site and make in connection more people. This work of Errichiello and Menichetti is a different way to use archives and tell a story of Calabria (region of southern Italy), they did it in a dynamic way developing the narration between images and documents, around the Salerno-Reggio Calabria axis, using different languages.They tell us about the ups and downs of the region which has always been suspended between expectations and failures.It was precisely at the cry of "Executioner who gives up", that in 1970 there was the '68 of the South and the beginning of the South's withdrawal from the state, the last attempt at popular mobilization for real change.
By the text in the book:
And he is mad eye of the fourth person singular of which nobody speaks And he is the voice of the fourth person singular in which nobody speaks and which yet exists.
According to French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, the fourth person singular is the result of combining different points of view. Linguistically this combination takes the shape of “free indirect discourse” where the narrator is literally unrecognisable. A sort of transcendence, a linguistic paradox that finds its logic, its essence, in its indefinable. During its creation, the book you’re holding has undergone an expressive disruption of similar value, finding its shape in accumulation, its time in dispersion, its idea in conflict, its subjectivity in the act of research itself. In History, the voice in which nobody speaks and which yet exists, it has found its narrative, its spinning compass. A thin strip of land in the womb of the Mediterranean sea has been witness — victim and perpetrator — to this journey: Calabria. Case – study of this research, a two-man job realised between 2015 and 2018, it is the geographic and metaphorical perimeter within which “In Quarta Persona” organises its visual ecosystem. Skeletons, myth and barricades; butterflies, miracles and rubble; family, emancipation and isolation; utopia, revolt and disappearance. Silhouettes impressed there by History: in those landscapes that, through the chaotic and naive plasticity of images, we try to exhume and to set in a rigorous, frenzied dialogue. Natural, social, political, familial, artificial; photographic, historical, imaginary, metaphysical; belonging to memory, individual and collective: could the landscape be the subject in fourth person in which nobody speaks and which yet exists? After all, here too, in one of the many South, beginning in the 60s - in the midst of the so-called economic miracle, the societies involved in that new future started a radical, unconditional process of transformation of lands and customs, in the name of a certain progress, made up of new machines, new roads, new slogans. With industrialisation, the modern world was inaugurated across every landscape, by imposing its codes and aesthetics, but above all a new Power, which in Calabria — or in one of the many South — offered the common man two destinies: either be oppressed or be corrupted. A desert was imagined, in between.
The History evoked in this book is thusly ours, precarious because plural: often dispersed in the mysteries of power, kept quiet, erased, at times just shelved, this history still reveals itself on the back of an old photograph. Or in the toils of work, in the dust of documents, in the haze of memories, in the slogans of protest and in a squalid, human impotence. The destiny of images, of people and their stories finds new life in those lesions which, through an active exercise of memory, from inert deposit finally becomes a tool for a new narrative, where to freely tell what one has seen, reclaim what one has lost, celebrate what one has loved.
In Quarta Persona is the first project realized by the duo Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti.