A Bomb to be Reloaded

(Chapter 2)

installation 2019

Building on the other two chapters (n.0 & n.1)Chapter 2 (Resistant Voices) focuses on composer Luigi Nono’s A floresta è jovem e cheja de vida, written in 1965 and 1966 in collaboration with Giovanni Pirelli. The piece premiered in 1966 at La Fenice Theatre during the XXIX International Music Festival at the Venice Biennale. Based on testimonies of decolonial and anti-imperialist fighters of the time, the complex and multi-layered work was developed through a series of diagrams that worked as an expanded score and which are presented in the installation.  A series of sculptural elements composed of music stands, photographic backdrops and various documents printed on hard surfaces create a staged setting evoking the interplay of various voices while attesting to the resistance aesthetics at the heart of this work. Moreover, the installation wishes to stress the influence of Fanon’s thought on this performative piece as well as the importance of the direct testimonies collected painstakingly by Pirelli, which are sung and vocalised by an array of performers, including Judith Malina and Julian Beck from the US collective Living Theatre, as well as Kadigia Bove. Within a video interview, Kadigia recollecting her involvement both on Valentino Orsini’s film (Chapter 1) and the performance A Floresta e' Jovem e Cheja de Vida. Providing a detailed insight on Nono's methods, while re-enacting her score, Kadigia enriches the narration with a series of anecdotes and autobiographical stories, shedding light onto the experience of the actress and singer of Italo-Somali origins in post- war Italy.  Her presence, voice and living memory, hold A Bomb to be Reloaded together and impart a critical and intersectional framework that wishes to overcome overtly romantic or celebratory views of 1960s militancy in Italy.

Read More: detailed profile of the whole project, interviews, credits and bibliography.

Commissioned by Villa Romana, Florence.


Video extract