Trenta denari
/thirty pieces of silver

Germany, Austria, Italy, 2021

2nd of May - 10th of June

Performative walk

40 days

How does collective memory originate? What purposes does it serve and what processes does it use?

Inspired and based on the stories of denunciation that were cause to 2/3 of Italian Jewish deportations and countless partisans' arrests, tortures, murders during the Italian Social Republic (1943-1945), this work attempts a re-contextualisation of events that have been long extruded from the historical narration, feeding a narrative that celebrates the heroism of a popular insurrection against nazi-fascist brutality. An ideological selection that was functional to the challenges of the civil war and the subsequent reconstruction. A mantra that has long prevented Italians to come to terms with the darkest pages of their history. A social shaping which effects are still tangible in the present days and currently direct political choices.

When the generation of witnesses has almost completely passed away, it is duty of the new ones to decide what stays behind them. And this can only be done according to a vision of the future.

The future we aspire to mirrors itself in the past we preserve in the present.

 

During 40 days performative walk between the former concentration camps of Buchenwald and Fossoli, wearing a mask with her features on the back of the head, this questioning has become the theoretical basis of a praxis of complexity, of a collectively performed memory enacted through and with the countless encounters.

916 km recorded

25,4 km/day average

36 locations

3 countries

4 concentration camps

17kg departure/7kg arrival

3°-32° temperature during walking

2 pairs of shoes

1500+ documentation files

too many encounters to recount

 

TrentaDenari

Texts

Buchenwald 02.05
Fossoli 10.06

The work has been realised with the kind support of

Fossoli Foundation/Museo Monumento al Deportato; Stadt Dachau; Sparkasse Mittelthüringen (through Stadt Weimar and Freundeskreis der Bauhaus Universität Weimar e.V.); Bauhaus-Universität Weimar - Frauenförderfonds

Logistical support has been offered by following

Institutions

Plankstetten Abbey (DE); Oase Steinerskirchen (DE); Max-Mannheimer-Studienzentrum (DE); Schwaz Franciscan Monastery (AT); Taxipalais Kunsthalle (AT); Brixen/Bressanone Priests’ Seminary (IT); ANPI Alto Adige Südtirol (IT); Mart Museum (IT); ANPI Verona (IT); ANPI Mantova (IT); ANPI San Benedetto Po (IT)

Public administrations

Stadtilm-Dienstedt (DE); Neuhaus am Rennweg (DE); Steinach (DE); Schnekenlohe (DE); Hollfeld-Krögelstein (DE); Kirchesittenbach (DE); Hersbruck (DE); Berg bei Neumarkt (DE); Stammham (DE); Munich (DE); Linden-Dietramszell (DE); Achenkirch (AT);  Sterzing/Vipiteno (IT); Klausen/Chiusa (IT); Neumarkt/Egna (IT); Brentino Belluno (IT)