In fourth person
A project by Martin Errichiello (https://www.lensculture.com/martin-errichiello) & Filippo Menichetti
A large part of Italian political history of the last fifty years is undeniably shrouded in mystery. Until today, some of its stories and events, public and private, major and minor, remain untold, dismissed, and even censored, in some cases. From north to south, the country often finds itself united in the name of forgetfulness.
Memory – intended as personal and collective history – on the other hand represents a powerful medium for people to recall lost belongings and to reclaim what has been forgotten, stolen.
Since the 1960s, in the mist of the so-called “economic miracle”, Italy’s cultural and political powers established substantial processes of transformation of territories and traditions, in the name of a progress that must be fed with new roads, new machines and industries, and definitely a new identity. An identity which had to be able, technically and politically, to connect the most isolated areas of the country with one another, to bring to the most remote souls and attitudes its promise of change.
The Calabria region, case-study of our visual exploration, is an ancient land where the challenge of modernity has imposed its language and aesthetics, slowly oppressing the territory’s human and natural landscape. “In fourth person” is a multimedia research about its anthropological, geopolitical and environmental transformation over the last 50 years, whose “narration” remains fragmented.
Created along the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria highway, symbolic storyline of our project, the research investigate transversely the iconography and the stories of a landscape suspended between utopy and betrayal. Photographs, objects, documents and videos are reassembled as a collective mosaic of an imaginary us: in fourth person.