Curated by: Antonella Camarda e Giangavino Pazzola
The phenomenon of kidnappings is a criminal scourge that crossed Sardinia from the 1960s to the 2000s. Valeria Cherchi (Sassari, 1986) is one of the few artists to deal with it. The Anatomy of Silence exhibition project, curated by Antonella Camarda and Giangavino Pazzola, presents a photo-textual survey on the silence of local communities that - even today - envelops collective behaviors and consciences following crimes and crimes. “It is important - says the president of the Nivola Foundation Giuliana Altea - for a museum like ours to address issues relevant to the territory. Valeria Cherchi's exhibition responds to this need: it is a courageous project, which is not afraid to explore a theme with delicate and potentially controversial implications, but which manages to do so without easy schematisms and safeguarding the aesthetic dimension of the intervention. private memory of the kidnapping of Farouk Kassam - the same age as the author - Cherchi tackles this dark chapter of Italian history by offering a kaleidoscope of images, analyzes and stories that develop simultaneously. To the research conducted on the offending places, also carried out through constant interaction with local communities, Cherchi combines the exploration of media archives (RAI and newspapers), direct contact with some protagonists and the analysis of their family photo albums. “Through an environmental and immersive installation of images, sounds and texts, conceived for the spaces of the Nivola Museum - explains Giangavino Pazzola - the exhibition is articulated by polarity and tensions, between inside and outside, past and future. The desperate appeal of Farouk's mother to break the wall of silence on the crime against her son is the trigger for this reflection on the ambiguous sacredness of silence. " The result is a sort of diary that is both intimate and choral, made up of fragments in which verbal and visual dimensions intertwine and overlap.