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I'm going to tell the story began in a spring morning two years ago when I decided to go to a well-know publisher in my Region in order to present my photographic work making in Sicily during the period of two years (2008-2009).
I was surprised to be greeted so warmly as not to seem true (in fact I discovered after the trick). I received immediately a job offer !
I could scarcely believe my eyes ! My train trip to home was incredible. I had the adrenaline flowing inside me, impetuous. My heart was pounding, my eyes were wide open to the future now. My future!
The second meeting was more productive, I even was offered a contract for two books!
In May and June I worked night and day to complete the text portion that would have accompanied my shots,just in time to deliver all the works to the publisher.
In July 2009 i signed my agreement !
Incredible, someone recognized my work, I should not pay for the pubblishing and i would earn a percentage of sales!
It certainly was not the best contract in the world but it was my contract.
In the following weeks the many meetings and phone calls succeeded till the delivery of the work to the publisher were replaced by the silences and false absences.
I did't receive any response for many many weeks!
But i am a professional author and approaching the pubblishing date, as agreed with the editor during our last meeting, i started to promote the book.
Maybe you understand yourselves, but the book was never published...
So you could imagine tha i become depressed !
During the last two years the publisher has not responded to phone calls, e-mail, the registered letters about the rescission of the contract and the return of all original book content.
To date, the publisher has my book in his hand and many of my shots made in Sicily at that time.
Luckily I still have the original negatives !
I wanted to tell you this story to warn of false cultural prophets, false pubblisher and curators.
This one and many other stories we will teel you in the coming months.
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Making art in Italy is something you should feel at fault, affecting the honor of the person !
People look at you in a different way and many young artists are forced to go to other countries to express themselves.
The world of galleries, art institutions, is a circle of politicians and merchants sinister.
As I have stated in other public occasions, the job of an artist in this country is the victim of inadequate awareness and knowledge of those working in this field.
To open an art gallery does not need any specific expertise, any degree and if you do it in the form of cultural association, which is hugely popular for many, you can have a low taxation.
Just follow the course of any other bureaucratic business, is like the grocer, category to which this writer feeds the deepest esteem.
So a shop suddenly becomes a place of art, where youngs who aspire to do this job are literally blackmailed by pseudo bungler patrons.
During the last year I worked in a personal and private project with a group of student of a southern Italy fine arts academy and I verified how is very hard to exhibit own works and show own talent.
I've traveled for months searching for a gallery who wants to exhibit my works giving them just a lot of information “I am a student of a fine art academy, I would like to exhibit in your gallery, that's my works !”
Most of the galleries have proposed a price more expansive, ranging from 500 to 1500 euros per week, plus expenses of organization.
You understand that a talented young artist who is often penniless will never have the opportunity to show their work.
At this point come into play the art critics.
If I'm an artist, in order to have an authoritative review , I must to pay for a critic who writes on commission. In this way I grant visibility to my work !
What seems obvious, the good faith, the cultural integrity , is actually pure exchange of favors, often very expensive , between who wants to exist as artist quoted by a critic and who wants to preserve their privileges.
Public places for art, few or many it's not mine to judge, are the apotheosis of the cultural “fancazzismo” of many assessors, managers and mayors.
If you try to approach one of these places without any political affiliation, you will receive the most varied and immaginative answers.
I would say that an artist should make his carreer looking for political events of the city rather than his heart.
Someone could assert that in the past the relationship between art and politics was strong and tight, that's correct !
How say that this is wrong , but the roles were clearly defined.
Art is the homeopathic vaccine in this country, always has been.
Today, at the best, it is unfortunately a generic drug or a placebo.
It's simple, just show a lot 'of "talent" and everything is solved for the better, the doors will be opened.
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I bow myself at the grave of Victor Schoelcher in the parisian cemetery of Pere la chaise.