ANTONINO BARBARO 




A PLACE LIKE NO OTHER (2021)


@FourCorners // London 7th-16th July 2021
The Strait of Messina, with its natural patrimony and millennial history, is a place like no other in the world. A unique stretch of sea that has witnessed the birth and flourishing of many great civilisations throughout centuries.

Since as far as Roman times, the dream of a stable connection between Sicily and mainland Italy has provided many occasions for debating its ambitious realisation. Console Lucius Caecilius Metellus was one of the first advocates of a bridge that would allow transportation to Rome of the elephants taken from Asdrubales during the First Punic War. In recent times, the idea of a cutting-edge technology solution made history for its colossal failure, uncovering corrupted interests, political vanities and personal greeds by many figures of the Italian political class.

The work provides an overview of the events around the bridge’s failure and it is developed within four levels: utopian, dystopian, local and global. Video, 3D rendering, photographic and archival material has been combined into an installation that introduces the bridge’s story to an international audience. It is a multimedia body of work raising questions of environmental concern, social injustice and the use of propagandistic discourse as a tool for asserting political power.


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Mark