Racconti di Viaggio (Travel Tales) is the final moment of the project realised with the inhabitants of the village of Pennapiedimonte in Abruzzo, which started in December 2020 with Fuoriporta and then continued with online and postal correspondances during the pandemic. The festival, which took place in September 2022 and involved local and non-local artists, was an opportunity to display the material collected thanks to the Cartoline di Viaggio project, in which the first, second and third generations of pennesi who had emigrated abroad were contacted by postcards sent to reach them in Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland, France, Spain, USA and Canada. They were asked to tell the stories of their families, how they left the country and their memories, to provide us with documents and photos. The material sent to us was processed and made into installations: domestic interiors recreated outside abandoned houses, in the streets of the village that were emptied by the migrations of the last century. These small scenarios tell us about the lives of those who stayed in the village and who, through visual, audio or interview documents, have the opportunity to inhabit it again. With the idea that the decoration of the space around us has the power to speak about ourselves, these interiors tell us stories of love, separation and ancient traditions that seem to have come out of a novel. A bride forced to wear a grey dress because her father was opposed to the wedding (The wedding dress), a woman who dreams of travelling and saves the dollars her relatives send her from America (Dream in the drawer), a couple separated by an ocean in their youth and whose story is re-connected by destiny (His and Her little house).
The installations, the result of the artist's work with the sociologist Giulia Ferrante, form a path, an open-air museum that goes from the town square to its highest point at the foot of the mountain. Various figures have been called in the festival, including the artists Federica Zotti, Sonia di Giorgio and Giada Pignotti, the anthropologists of MiM-Montagne in Movimento, the guide Daniel Di Santo, the musician and actor Marcello Sacerdote and the band of dialect songs Lu Blues.
Below a gallery of some of the installation points. The full project on the website: https://raccontiadomicilio.wixsite.com/fuoriporta
L'abito da sposa
INSTALLATION WITH FORNITURE, CHERRIES, BRIDAL GLOVES AND AND WRITTEN STORY.
Sogno nel cassetto
INSTALLATION WITH FORNITURES, VISUAL AND WRITTEN DOCUMENTS, DOLLARS, WRITTEN STORY.
La casetta di Lui e Lei
INSTALLATION WITH VISUAL AND WRITTEN DOCUMENTS, VIDEO INTERVIEWS, FORNITURES AND PLASTIC FLOWERS.