Tomorrow, tomorrow everything will end
2010, the research – project
<< It is played on the event's whim >>, so Dostoevskij defines gambling. A friend of mine, a 28 years old student (2010), 23 when I met him, is still a college
student. In the course of our friendship I discovered his obsession on gambling, I began to realize that something was wrong with him because he was
attending college less and less. Gamble had become a refuge for him. I was seeing an avid gambling man and absolutely free attachment to money. The
desire to win was becoming a challenge.
A whim's challenge, to have, to risk, against fate. As a desperate he was repeating the same phrase: ''It will not happen again''. Or rather returning to
Dostoevsky: << Tomorr ow, tomorrow everything will end >>.
From the experience I had with him, I was pushed to do a research on gambler's way of thinking, to enter their pathology. So to better develop my project I
could not do anything else but frequent the various locations such as bars, casinos and bingo. Talking, taking opinions from people. Starting with simple
questions: What motivates you to gamble? What's the reason why you are here now? What's the game for you? Etc...
After a long experience, the result is amazing. I collected the opinions of 36 people. Sometimes very short answers like: << I gambling because I don't have
s..t to do >> at times << Gambling should be fun, it's nice to win, if you lose sometimes does not matter, the most important thing is health ... but I'd like a
big winnings to settle a bit of things ... and see the world >>. And, of course, the opinion of the person who inspired me to take this path. So I developed a
wider thought with an interview of 10 questions and answers.
The main interest of the research is to continue it and give it an institutional progression. Creating a focus with the institutions that deal with gamblers
who are in care, and analyze their approach. Also analyze the Italian legislative aspects, as in 2014 Italy began to apply stricter rules for those who abuse
game. This is enough, or needs more? The aim is to create a visual documentary – video.
Project - the research started in 2010. It has had development in the various cities areas of Milan (Italy) during the same year. There are 36 different
gamblers opinions. Under each opinion are pointed out the gamblers details as the name (not for all), age and sex. The conclusion has reached to an
interview of 10 questions and answers with a person of 28 years old. It speaks only of gambling.
Soon the sun will rise
2008, digital photo, Site-specific installation, urban art
The common areas of the city becomes home, an open shelter. A phenomenon that has populated our cities worldwide. Very often as a life choice, to run away
from the exaggerated consumerism or to try different experiences. Such as George Orwell, the writer who at a later time gave birth to Big Brother in the novel
"1984", which described this experience in his debut "Down and Out in Paris and London". But we know that, for most, the homeless condition derives from a
precarious socio-economic scenario, the loss of their house, their work and other similar situations. This means that the person is in desperate condition, in which
loses any kind of support, even from its family. So his condition becomes survival, until one day something will gives him the hope of resuming his previous life.
The photo ''soon the sun will rise'' is part of a research that dates back to 2008, a period in which, during the night, I was spending a lot of time turning streets all
over Milan. What struck me were the homeless, their visual impact together with the urban architecture; by this I began to document this phenomenon sometimes
by accident and sometimes going to search for them. This specific photo was taken in front of a store in Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. There is an empty shop
window in a full sales period, in front of it a person is spending the night. The consumer goods and the ''nonexistence'' creates a dualistic harmony. The life and
death creates a irrational balance inside a supposed reality.
Apart from the fact that in 2008 there is the bubble of the banks burst, leading to a global economic crisis. The most vulnerable social classes where the most
affected by the crisis, taking them to collapse. Individuals and families who lost their goods. In the following years the suicide phenomenon has increased
dramatically. Many people ends with nothing in their hands, and the road becomes their choice of life. Although we are seeing a slight socio-economic upturn, the
homeless phenomenon will be always contemporary.
The photo is a print of 8 meters by 4 meters. It will be prepared on facade scaffolding, down the street. In some parts of the scaffolding will be placed some boxes
that will transmit a person's snoring. So the artwork is not only visual, but automatically its also become auditive. It involves people passing through.