martedì 1 novembre 2011

Biennale di Venezia-Padiglione Italia Bis-Sale del Re- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milano

It's all well that ends well :)
Leni Berta Helène Amalie Riefensthal & Anneliese Marie Frank
Two women with different and marked destinies, the same historical period. During a dictatorship time as the Nazi Regime, a woman with the passion for the cinema, Leni Riefensthal, benefits of the largest creative freedom as few directors ever had in any other part of the world and time. Photographer, screenwriter, editor and director, with her 'Olympia' she introduced such innovative techniques and style to make her Berlin’s Olympiad documentary one of the biggest cinematographic models ever. Meanwhile, a Jewish girl, Anne Frank, struggled hard days inside a concentration camp, deprived of every sort of freedom and dignity. A diary, which pages were abruptly interrupted and transmitted as sad news until us. I created two opposite sandals, working with the symbology that comes to my memories for their very opposite stories. Leni’s sandal is made of photographic film and it has got a swastika for heels. The crocked cross is the oriental one, that stands for 'universal peace'. This symbol has been re-interpreted by Nazism that applied to the swastika an inclination of 45 degrees for more aggressiveness. The half a swastika symbolized Nazism’s end but it is also the incapability to achieve worldwide peace; the fact that is positioned under the heels of its major artist it is the recovery’s symbol of intellectual freedom. In Anne’s sandal I realized two transparent plastic heels that contained ash, miserable product of lager’s crematories and two sashes made of beads barbed wire, physical and psychological barrier to the freedom of human being.

Marie Antoinette

I think that one should pay attention to the words used because what it is trash to someone, it could be everything another one owns. They say that one day, Marie Antoinette acknowledged with the fact that her subjects were so poorly fed that they didn’t even had bread, she has answered: ”Let them eating croissants!” I wonder if this sentence of hers, deserving of the highest praise for the pledge profuse into the resolution of the French res publica, came to her mind the day she was then beheaded. Her sandal is made of many guillotines, one for each toe and one for the ankle. I don’t want to hide my sympathy for Lady Oscar, when years back I was watching tv, totally taken by her cartoons series.
"Leni Riefensthal"-Barbara Zucchi, scultura in poliuretano, svarowski e pellicola fotografica, materiali riciclati

"Marie Antoinette"- Barbara Zucchi, scultura in poliuretano, svarowski, materiale riciclato
"Anna Frank"-Barbara Zucchi, scultura in poliuretano, svarowski, materiale riciclato