SHAKIRA
Project info

Unsignificant photographs that say nothing and that do not even talk about anything else, that is to say: it’s all a spinning wheel.

from the project

COMBAT TRILOGY
SHAKIRA • TEQUILA • OBAMA
Unsignificant photographs that say nothing and that do not even talk about anything else, that is to say: it’s all a spinning wheel.

“Claude Bernard was right, the soil is everything, the microbe is nothing” L. Pasteur

Strange things happen in this universe, and people need to know such strange things. They need to be told them with grace and sincerity. About the strange things that happen in this universe (and that it is good for people to know), I say this: go away, there is nothing to see! There is nothing to understand! There is nothing to laugh about! For the rest, SHAKIRA is ugly anti-new-photography (which is not even photography anymore) that says nothing and that does not even talk about anything else: a dirty series of archaeological images thrown there, traces of a world that never existed and for that reason, in the future, will never be. For the rest: we discovered that into another reality we live under rules that we don’t like and we discovered that the world is bad. Nothing is true! You have to look carefully (everyone will see what they need), because the (passive) observation must exactly represent nature: nothing is true! reality does not exist! These fake photographs don’t exist! And there is no going back: images are not a place where photography commands and where, dying, it can show herself. However, one should not even be afraid: we are the creators of this universe. But what is there beyond what appears to us as it appears to us? Truth: no. Reason: no. Wrong: probably. Consciousness: with a little luck. Freedom: doubts about it.

Haiku to clarify the concept:

Look at the photograph, the photograph, the photograph!
The photographer said:
it's all a spinning wheel.
side note

SHAKIRA (name of one of the hundreds of cows that are brought to combat), together with the works TEQUILA (name of one of the hundreds of goats that are brought to combat) and OBAMA (name of one of the hundreds of steers that are brought to combat ), is the last of three works that make up the wider COMBAT TRILOGY: an artistic research project that explores the theme of the battle between animals as an identity, traditional and constitutive event of the material and immaterial cultural heritage of contemporary man who inhabits the territories of the Aosta Valley.