doppiozero goes international

Marco Belpoliti, Stefano Chiodi

doppiozero was founded in February 2011 to lend a voice to an often under-exposed and little-discussed collective intelligence that tends to be largely ignored by mainstream culture and me...

Photography and life: an interview to Letizia Battaglia

Silvia Mazzucchelli

I had wanted to meet Letizia Battaglia for some time, but I hadn’t found the guts to write her yet.  I had always considered that like one of those appointments you keep on post...

Culture and Anthropology: the Berlin Tradition

Federica Buongiorno

Christoph Wulf teaches Anthropology and Pedagogy at Freie University Berlin, where he is a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Historic Anthropology, of the collaborative research c...

Thomas Macho. Or, on the Science of culture

Antonio Lucci

The pig and its history, Pier Paolo Pasolini, the history of towers in the West, Philip K. Dick and science-fiction literature, the films of Andrej Tarkovskij and Rossellini, the cultural...

Thinking for yourself and within yourself

On April 27th upon the invitation by Art Basel for Non-Profit Visual Arts Organizations, we have launched our first crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to implement the sixth chapter of o...

Santu Mofokeng: A Silent Solitude

“A gift is the evidence of an act, a symbolic gesture that is at once free and obligatory,” writes Katia Anguelova, curator of AtWork Dakar 2012. “Considered in terms of...

Contemporary photography in Benin

Italian Version.   The first edition of the Mois de la Photographie, recently held at the Institut Français of Cotonou, has showcased the work of four Beninese and French photographer...

Echoes of Pasts, Inscribing the Present

Italian Version   In an elegantly frescoed salon at New York University’s Florence estate, Villa La Pietra, stands an artifact of beauty, her light brown tunic adorned with brushes of...

Asmarina: post colonial heritages

Italian Version   Asmarina, a 2015 documentary by Alan Maglio and Medhin Paolos, follows what they call “voices and images of a postcolonial heritage.” This beautiful do...

Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu on Blaxploitalian and representation in cinema.

Italian Version   Fred Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker and activist best known for his documentaries Inside Buffalo (2010), about the Black American soldiers who participat...

London Walks

Italian Version   In Mogadishu, we children used to hang around together all the time. On holidays, we wandered from one place to another just for the sake of being together and set...

The Nationless Pavilion

Denis Maksimov

Political crisis of today is dictated by outdated nation state model of mapping the world. While all the other systems already spilled over with economy, art, science going global, nation...

Jheronimus Bosch. Visions of Genius

Mariella Guzzoni

’s-Hertoghenbosch, 9 August 1516. The funeral service for the painter Jheronimus Bosch is held in the church of St. John. The mourners gather in the new chapel of the Brotherhood of...

Guy Debord: the Power of Writing

Riccardo Venturi

Archive One thousand four hundred sheets of Bristol paper covered in miniature, cautious, cadenced, rounded script. The hand writing continues even when there is not enough surface to con...

Le Tragique et la pitié

Pierpaolo Antonello

This text was first published as the preface of the Brazilian edition of Le Tragique et la Pitié. Discours de réception de René Girard à l’Académie...

Not nostalgic. The Italian Transavantgarde

Stefano Chiodi

More than 30 years after its early stirrings, the Transavantgarde is the elephant on the Italian art scene. There is a paradox here. The Italian movement, represented by Sandro Chia, Enzo...

Why Africa Why

Carlo Pizzati

Why Africa Why. And who am I to say? Why Africa Why? All I remember is a river I did not sail up, in search of who, Kurz, Marlon, who? And I do remember a few Masai, one in particular, rid...

Why Africa?

lettera27 is a non profit foundation born in 2006.  As the name suggests it supports literacy and the right to education.  Its priviledged territory is the African continent. Th...

The mother of all dances

Simon Njami

When I discovered the question, I felt tempted to parody this American actor in this ad for some coffee and to answer: what else? I am the son of Lydia and Simon, two bassa heroes. I am th...

Out of sight, out of mind

Missla Libsekal

Back in 2004, during a period where my work largely dealt with architecture, I visited Asmara. Though that trip originally had nothing to do with the built urban environment, it became a t...

Why Africa? Changing the Narrative of the World

lettera27 .

Why Africa?  For many years lettera27 has been dedicated to exploring various issues and debates around the African continent and with this new editorial column we would like to open...

Why Africa? Companions of Longitude

Roberto Casati

Why Africa?  For many years lettera27 has been dedicated to exploring various issues and debates around the African continent and with this new editorial column we would like to open...

Guantánamo and the New Concentration Camps

Enrico Manera

After the terrorist attack on the Parisian satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, some commentators wondered what the consequences of a reaction calling for greater security would be for Europ...

Umberto Eco: How I Wrote my Books

Marco Belpoliti

It is snowing when I get to Umberto Eco’s house in Milan. It’s February, and his latest book, Numero Zero, published by Bompiani at the beginning of 2015, shot to the top the b...

Terrorism and Iconoclasm

Gianfranco Marrone

There was a time, not that long ago, when the No Logo slogan was all  the rage.  Brand names of factories that were considered –symbolically but no less terribly – re...

Giulio Paolini’s and Sgt. Pepper

Michele Dantini

Giulio Paolini has often stated that in his work the end repeats the beginning, and that everything is there in the first sketch. Is this really the case? Why do artists so often represent...

Jeff Wall: Reportage Readymade

Riccardo Venturi

Retrospectives of contemporary photographers have only been hosted in contemporary art galleries in the past ten years, on a par with monographs of other visual artists. One of the better...

Putin and the Russian Spirit: An Interview with Gian Piero Piretto

Marco Belpoliti

The house is filled with books and paintings, but what strikes the eye is the accumulation of objects on the shelves and surfaces: postcards, souvenirs, figurines, gadgets, all from Russia...

Cheever Meets Modugno

Giulia Cavaliere

Years ago I heard a famous Modugno song for the first time. It was called Marito in Città and it first came out in 45rpm in 1958, though it had already circulated the year before. T...

Zingonia: Utopia and Reality

Marco Biraghi

In 1964, Renzo Zingone decided to found and build a new town on farmland in the province of Bergamo. Zingone was a wealthy businessman from Rome who owned the Banca Generale di Credito and...

My Plate’s Empty: Italian Food and Melancholy

Alberto Saibene

We had spent a week in the company of ghosts. Nobody cared about the Balkan wars any longer, except perhaps a pathetic huddle of war veterans trying to speculate on the glories of their wa...

Twin H. A new Novel by Giorgio Falco

Andrea Cortellessa

Three slightly rotten looking apples on a leaning shelf, indefinite shadows  like pools beneath them. The black and white photo on the cover of the Italian edition of the book, by Sab...

Farewell Luca Ronconi, Master of Utopias

Massimo Marino

Luca Ronconi, one of Italy’s greatest theater directors, died on February 21, 2015, just before turning 82. His last productions touched on the theme of death, which he probably felt...

Birth of the Home Video

Dario Mangano

In the beginning there were movie theaters, with their giant screens and comfortable armchairs, a darkened room, ice creams served by ushers, and, of course, an audience. There were annoyi...

Drone Theory

Marco Belpoliti

0.45 GMT – 05.15 in Afghanistan. Pilot: Shit, is that a rifle? Operator: Dunno, it’s just a warm spot where he’s sitting, I can’t really say, it looks like an ob...

Compassion: Between Tenderness and Cruelty

Pietro Barbetta

There are so many things to say about compassion that one could fill a book or an encyclopedia. A partial list of areas to cover would include: commiseration, piety, love, understanding, s...

Being #matteorenzi

Nello Barile

Claudio Giunta’s new book, Essere #Matteo Renzi (Il Mulino, 2015) is the most recent of a long list of scholarly books about the young Italian Prime Minister–after the earlier...

When Freelancing is Female

Cristina Morini

The debate over the role of women in the labor market has entered the social, academic and political arena through various channels. I can’t say for sure whether society has already...

Peter Handke: The Essay Writer

Luigi Grazioli

In recent years, critical attention towards the Austrian novelist, playwright and political activist of Slovenian origin, Peter Handke, has focused more on his activism than on his books....

Sharing is the new welfare?

Tiziano Bonini

In the last few months I’ve rented rooms through Airbnb, listened to music on Spotify, picked up a free yellow bike in Milan, got a lift from Milan to Florence with Blablacar, grabbe...

I'm Hungry for Landscape

Franco Arminio

1. Today I realized I was hungry for landscape In the old days if you went from one village to another, from Bisaccia to Andretta say, there was empty space between the two. Now th...

Arabs, Israel and Terrorism

Francesco Ciafaloni, Primo Levi

Given the tensions in the Mediterranean region, how do you see the issue of the relationship between countries on the northern Mediterranean rim, such as Italy, and those with an Islamic c...

A Return to the Middle Ages?

Silvia Urbini

In these days of decapitations, tragic exoduses, impaled effigies, and new epidemics, media forums and the gurus of geopolitics lament the fact that western civilization is on its way back...

What a book is for me

Francesca Coluzzi

For once let’s not talk about books as objects. At least not today. The rhetoric of recto and verso, the unbearable lightness of its being, the fragrance and roughness of its paper,...

A Morphology of Difformity

Giuseppe Di Napoli

Increasingly these days you hear people complain that streets full of garbage reflect the incivility and bad manners of their inhabitants. Given the sheer quantity of trash at the station,...

Kafka in Charlie Chaplin’s Hands

Roberto Gilodi

What do Kafka and Chaplin have in common? They both explore the margins of life, where exclusion from the world and from history opens up the curtains of dissimulation and accepts the cogn...

All about Sottsass

Marco Belpoliti

On September 8, 1981, Ettore Sottsass and Barbara Radice roll up in a taxi a the Design Gallery in Milan. They’re excited and a little scared. That afternoon was the launch of an exh...

Gabriele Basilico: a Slow Gaze

Stefano Chiodi

I presented Gabriele Basilico’s last book, Lezioni di fotografia (Rizzoli, 2012), at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan at the end of 2012. Looking tired, but with all his lucidity inta...

Fatigue that cures

Riccardo Panattoni

In his book, Fatigue Society (Müdigkeitsgesellschaft, Matthes & Seitz, 2010, English edition in preparation for Stanford University Press), the Korean cultural theorist, Byung-Chu...

Escher in Medieval Siena

Luca Scarlini

Maurits Cornelis Escher visited Italy for the first time in 1922. The master of perspective and transformation, whose trade mark was to create deceptive images by making his subjects one w...

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