Site-specific Installation
Altemunze, Berlin, 2022
The site-specific installation THIRD LANDSCAPE features a laundry of imaginary characters from the italian queer literature of the 20th century, often deliberately forgotten or censured.
An intimate and domestic action that, being exhibited in a public place, can be turn into a silent political act of protest.

  • In 1969 Gianni Pettena, during the Campo Urbano event in Como, exhibited a citizen’s laundry in Piazza del Duomo, questioning official places and reminding us that are mainly spaces to display power.
  • In 1992 in Palermo, citizens displayed bed sheets on their balconies protesting the death of Giovanni Falcone, assassinated by the Mafia.
  • In 2001 during the G8, the Berlusconi government banned the laundry on balconies of Genoa for public decorum. In response, some citizens displayed their laundry despite the fines.

The site-specific installation takes name from Gilles Clément’s book ‘Manifeste du Tiers Paysage’ (2004). “These margins collect a biological diversity that is not yet classified as wealth.” The laundry displayed as a political act in cities such as Como, Palermo, Genoa, and now Berlin will highlight on an topography a ‘third landscape’ of social margins.
A subtle act of protest that uses intimacy and vulnerability as a weapon.

On each bed sheet is sewn the first letter of the name of imaginary characters from the Italian queer literature of the 20th century selected by Luca Starita in his book Canone Ambiguo, effequ (2021). They express themselves by “hiding among the words that could not be pronounced.” The characters acquire a bodily presence and are recognised as human beings by performing a simple gesture such as their laundry.

- Celestino - Aldo Palazzeschi, I Fratelli Cuccoli (1948)

Gigi - Pier Vittorio Tondelli, Altri Libertini (1980) Erik - Pier Vittorio Tondelli, Pao Pao (1982)Nora - Amalia Guglielminetti, La Rivincita del Maschio (1923)Fofo - Aldo Palazzeschi, I Fratelli Cuccoli (1948)don Gonzalo - Caro Emilio Gadda, La Cognizione del Dolore (1963)
Teresa - Aldo Palazzeschi, Sorelle Materassi (1934)Desideria - Alberto Moravia, La Vita Interiore (1980)