A Bomb to be Reloaded

Chapter 0 (Resistant Archives)

2019

A Bomb to be Reloaded investigates the influence of Frantz Fanon’s thought on a generation of militant intellectuals in Italy, and, in particular, on Giovanni Pirelli. Following his involvement in the resistance against fascism in the Second World War, he refused his predestined role at the head of the Pirelli dynasty to dedicate his life to cultural and political activism. His friendship with Fanon, whose work he had translated and published in Italy, led him to the founding of the Centro di Documentazione Frantz Fanon (CDFF), a research centre for the study and support of decolonial and anti-imperialist struggles that was active in Milan between 1963 and 1967. The centre hosted conferences, translated and published updates and analysis on the various revolutionary movements of the time, while also hosting an impressive library of books and periodicals on these causes.

Now dismembered, the collection is disseminated through different archives and ‘resistant spaces’ in Milan: from archives of the Resistance movement against fascism, to squatted social centres. Through a collaborative research with a group of students from the Art Academy of Brera (Milan), Chapter 0 (Resistant Spaces)  maps of the surviving items of the CDFF’s library and their locations. The materials selected wish to highlight the militant international network that the CDFF was part of, as well as the stories behind these spaces now preserving its memory.