Congratulations on winning Zealous Stories: Digital Art! Your work, /S)CONFINAMENTO, was conceived during the lockdown in Italy. How did this impact your practice?
When the national lockdown was declared on March 10, I was seized with contradictory feelings. On the one hand, relief, because it seemed to me that the very serious situation in the north of the country required drastic measures to contain the contagion, but at the same time I was worried about the unconstitutional nature of the lockdown and the senseless slogans like #iorestoacasa (Istayhome). I immediately understood that I couldn’t stand the pathetic rhetoric of ‘fighting the virus from the couch’.
And then I discovered that the country is ‘guarded’ by a dense network of tourist webcams that frame the most beautiful squares, streets, alleys and canals. A dense system of watchful eyes that transform the computer screen into an imaginative panopticon.
During the lockdown, I started watching the webcams avidly, navigating through the country from my studio, no longer being able to detach myself from those dystopian images, from those squares always full of people, chaotic and rowdy and now deserted and silent.