Sicily, an Island of Closed Windows, from 2013 to 2018
Doors barely open and the tightly closed windows seem blind. In a place taken over by corruption voices struggle to be heard through the window cracks, but a heavy silence closes any possibility. In this land occupied through out centuries history is anchored down into the catacombs. In this subdued Island, its inhabitants walk at a quick pace to prevent them from being witnesses. The remains of both, a distant and also near past, are the staging of a life that vindicates a future. Ruins stand through history, and people have hopes of change. In October 2014, the daughter of the heroic judge Falcone was paid homage on behalf of her father. At that moment, she proclaimed that there was hope for regeneration because there was an army of young people educated in democracy.
Sicily is an island that is Italy, but it is also Spain, and Greece, and Portugal. Sicily is the people from the South with their abuse of power, but also their compassion, as Susan Sontag wrote in her novel The Volcano Lover. This is the South for the change, but where everything remains the same, said the Prince of Lampedusa in Visconti’s film Il Gatopardo. Sicily is also the black of mourning, and the white of sheets hanging like tapestries all over the cities. The same white sheets that are stripped from the brilliant sky to be dyed red on the basalt streets.
This work was carried out between the years 2013 and 2015. It was a period of great economical and moral crisis in the South of Europe, where the impoverished and scandalized people are fighting to keep alive their hope in the human race.