THE CORONAVIRUS SERIES (2020)
The Coronavirus series is composed of 12 original artworks produced between April and June 2020 during the first lockdown in Switzerland following the declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus is present in all the 12 pieces, along with some of the key past or present protagonists and antagonists of the global history of the last few centuries. The artworks address various themes ranging from mental disease, greed and exploitation, capitalism, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, imperialism, colonialism and anti-colonialism, racism, slavery, inequality, revolt and revolution, to courage, love and children’s education, in a men’s world.
Technique and materials: reverse collage, ink on paper
Size: 30×21 cm each (the full composition of 12 artworks measures 120×63 cm)
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Stress is the enemy, Coronavirus series n.1
Featuring Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Angela Merkel, Donald Trump and Salvador Dali
Follow the leader, Coronavirus series n.2
Featuring Vladimir Lenin, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Gandhi, Haile Selassie I, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Kim Jong-un, Mao Zedong, Banksy, Napoleon Bonaparte, Marilyn Monroe…
Fragments of the heart, Coronavirus series n.3
Featuring Joseph Stalin, Kim Jong-un, Mao Zedong, Marlboro, Heineken, a murky cardinal and the rest of the propaganda bombardment which turn healthy children into sick adults
Fly me to the moon, Coronavirus series n.4
Featuring Jesus Christ, Ronald Reagan, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Harriet Tubman, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Marcus Garvey, John Howard Griffin, Margaret Thatcher, Barack Obama, John Wayne, Nathan Bedford Forrest and some of his acolytes, and others.
In other words, baby, kiss me
Them belly full, Coronavirus series n.5
Featuring Peter Tosh, Karl Marx, Diego Armando Maradona, Agostinho Neto, Thomas Sankara, Ernesto Che Guevara and his killers, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Marilyn Monroe, Emiliano Zapata, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera kissing
Them belly full, but we hungryy A hungry mob is a angry mob A rain a-fall, but the dirt it tough A pot a cook, but the food nah nuff
Phase Two lovers, Coronavirus series n.6
Love in times of coronavirus
Like those who’ve lived In times of strife
Who were once just like us Living the life But then the sad songs of the war They got closer than before
Every day, more bullshit, Coronavirus series n.7
Love in times of coronavirus
Featuring Jesus Christ, Xi Jinping, Isabella Rossellini, David Lynch, Mona Lisa…
Suddenly the laughter turned into
The quiet, haze-white crying
And foam was made from the attached mouths
And astonishment was made out of the flattened hands
(Vinicius de Moraes)
Captain Courage, Coronavirus series n.8
Captain Mbaye Diagne (1958 –1994) was a Senegalese Army officer and a United Nations military observer in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Despite UN rules of engagement prohibiting observers from going out to save civilians, from the beginning Mbaye Diagne carried out continuous rescue missions at the peril of his life. On 31 May 1994, after saving, according to accounts, over 1,000 persons, Mbaye Diagne was killed by a mortar shell. He was 36 years old and left behind a wife and two children.
In 2014 the UN Security Council recognized the Captain’s exceptional courage and instituted the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage.
I can't breathe, Coronavirus series n.9
In memory of George Floyd, of those who were killed during the slave trade, or lived and died in slavery, were lynched and left hanging even after slavery was abolished, or were left to drawn in the Mediterranean, just because they were black
You keep on putting your foot on me But I, I’ve got to break away Somehow and someday Cause I wanna be somebody so bad, so bad I wanna be somebody, I wanna be somebody so bad
Not fooling anyone, Coronavirus series n.10
Featuring Brigitte Bardot, Martin Luther, Viktor Orbán, Pope John Paul II, Christopher Coulumbus, Charlemagne, Silvio Berlusconi, Napoleon Bonaparte, Helmut Kohl, François Mitterrand, Cecil Rhodes, Matteo Salvini, Pope Benedict XVI, Otto von Bismarck and Boris Johnson
My skin is so oily, Coronavirus series n.11
A tale of time and love, Coronavirus series n.12
The saddest thing I heard came from a 78 old years friend’, Arturo said. He spent all his life working as a server in luxury restaurants. When he retired, he was using his money to become a client, whenever he could afford it. We can call him a kind of ‘gourmet’. Read More…
Twilight over Geneva’s railways (2021)
Composition of three photographs, 126×30 cm (42×30 cm each)
Arturo insisted: I don’t fully agree with what you said. There’s something that I have to add. Yes, it’s gold for everyone, but the elder knows it. The young don’t know. The old are like the one who’s locked in a cell, who’s been locked for twenty years. He knows what he’s lost. But the young don’t know! The young want to live, clearly, we are stealing the best moments in life from them, in quotes, but once he will return to live normally with his friends, he won’t forget that, he will remember it all of his life. And so, every moment, for him, will be more important. This is what the old already understood, but the young not yet. This is the difference. Yes, it’s gold for everyone, but for the old, sadly, this is the last gold. It’s the last gold! For the young, it’s the first.
And also, later, I think, they will understand how beautiful life is, and you will see that this young people who don’t do fuck from morning to evening if not talking on their cell phones, will begin to look at the world in another way. At least, I hope.
Look, opinions are opinions, Teodoro replied. Certainly, the old is more aware of life than the young, it goes without saying. It’s not always said, however, that they understand it better. There are some very bright young people. And also, it seems to me that other factors need also to be considered. Because it’s not necessary to complete fully an experience, to already instinctively have an understanding of what this experience entails for you. Because when you’re caught in the trap and put in a cage, even if you are a ferret, or even a cricket, I believe that somehow, you feel affected. Maybe it’s less visible with crickets, but they too, as soon as they can, they flee.
So, today the young are trapped, children are trapped. Young children don’t understand instructions and don’t understand what is going on.
And logically they are frustrated because they cannot do anymore the things they used to do until a month ago. I mean, time is very important equally for everyone, and lucky those who had time, the others still have to have it.
You don’t know when you die, I don’t know when I will die, to me every day is the last, you understand? So, every day we have to make the maximum, live it as much as possible, sleep not too much, sleep the right time, but not too much, and keep fit to make our days longer, have our flaws, not too much, but I mean, we have to create conditions every day so we can live the next day. And, so we can go to bed in the evening, a bit a better person than we woke up in the morning.
You are right, said Arturo. There’s a lot of brilliant people. A lot of brilliant young people.
And verily, the most beautiful thing is to meet them. There is nothing better than meeting a brilliant young person. You feel amazed, and you realize that luckily, there is also a future. For us too, who later will be old.
It is evident that there are brilliant young people who think beyond their smartphone. But you have to admit that there is really a big number of young people who keep talking with their cell phone like if nothing happened. Certainly, they want to see their friends again. But last time I was in a restaurant, I saw five young people together staring at their mobiles. Five persons together staring at their mobiles. How many times did this happen to you?
Maybe you frequent places for intellectuals, where no such thing happens. But if you go for a stroll, look at what is going on. Maybe these ones eventually will open their eyes and will want to talk with the person in front of them. Something which is becoming more and more a thing of the past.
I agree with you, time is important for everyone, regardless of where you stand, but clearly this can be a life lesson, this at least! But not for the old, because for the old it’s the last one. Maybe some of them had already lived the second world war, so they lived through this once, and now they have to live it a second time, I am sorry for them.
I don’t really care for myself. I can stay home even three months without seeing a soul, I don’t give a fuck. You see, I don’t think like you. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, because I do other things. It doesn’t bother me! Because I do other things, but I understand very well that for those who feel like doing something, and I repeat, those who feel like achieving something, for them it’s very important.
As to me, right now, I’m staying home and I’m doing other things. I’m rediscovering myself, and so I am discovering also some qualities of uncle Arturo, something I had not been doing for a very long time. Qualities, and then yes, we’re talking about qualities, then let’s see how it ends.
But at least I am rediscovering myself. This, at least!
EMA, April 2020
THE AMARCORD SERIES (1991 – 1993)
The Amarcord series is composed of 12 original artworks selected from over 150 produced around the age of 20.
Technique and materials: reverse collage, ink on paper
Size: 18×12 cm each (the full composition of 12 artworks measures 54×48 cm)
From top left:
- Close friends (1993)
- Amarcord (1993)
- Shades of sin (1991)
- Love brilliance (1992)
- Pink is the mist (1993)
- Love not war (1991)
- Soul gateway (1992)
- The world inside (1993)
- René and Georgette Magritte with their dog after the war (1993)
- The dominant female (1992)
- You have the floor (1991)
- Wise men say only fools rush in (1991)