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  • 12 maggio 2012

    SANTO DOMINGO #04: THE FOURTH ESTATE

    The fourth estate, famous painting by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, was made to love by my art teacher in high school, and since it has been one of my favourite paintings: I used to go see it often when it was (ignored and abandoned) in Via Palestro in Milan and I was very pleased when it was given the merit it deserves, exposed at the beginning of the new twentieth century museum in Piazza del Duomo in Milan.

    A few days ago we went to do an editorial in a small village here in Santo Domingo, of sugar cane harvesters, I was surprised, a crazy emotion: I found myself in some sort of time and culture trip, within that painting. I could live this life that I had always only seen from outside. I understand more deeply and much better the motivations that where behind that work of art.

    All of a sudden a farmer with a large wound on his leg approached us. I asked him if there was a doctor or a nurse that could attend to him and he said no. I understood in that moment that the great medical facilities we have free of charge are not to be taken for granted, but an extraordinary privilege and a conquest.

    I further understood that the perfect functioning school in that small town is not simply to study and learn things more or less useful, but a fundamental conquest, that by providing culture it gives freedom, empowerment and awareness.

    I understood that the values of socialism which are the “theory” at the core of Pellizza’s painting, are inextricable values of our history: only our grandparents or perhaps our great grandparents lived in the society which was now in front of me.

    Then you question yourself, the evening going back to the village where we are staying, seeing the modern and contemporary equivalent of those farmers, this new proletariat which comes at a thousand euro holiday, and exudes not only Caribbean heat but above it all infinite ignorance, infinite conformism (the little tattoo!!!), infinite emptiness.

    It is inevitable to ask yourself if all this nothing is the price to pay for emancipation. If learning to read was to read about WHO. If free health care was to cure the eating disorders created by too many hamburgers.

    Obviously I don’t have all the answers. I mostly like asking myself questions and taking photographs.

    Having exhausted all the questions, after the job I decided to create my own personal tribute to the fourth estate, remaking it with photography. Among other things, the technique in which it was made is in some manner similar to photography, (divisionism) by making small dots with the paintbrush, similar to our pixels.

    I therefore asked some people to come over, I placed them and photographed them, in ten minutes. This is my fourth estate.

    1. Chiara ha detto:

      Io ho conosciuto il QUARTO STATO a tredici anni al cinema grazie a 900 di Bertolucci (grandissimo film )
      ed è anche uno dei miei quadri preferiti, mi ha sempre emozionato ….
      Molto bella la contemporaneità della tua foto e lodevoli tutte le riflessioni che seguono.

      Bravo!!!

    2. valentina ha detto:

      Scrivi Settimio, scrivi, perché le tue parole hanno lo stesso gusto dei tuoi scatti…sono un sollievo dall’intorpidimento e un morso alle coscienze.

    3. andrea::tognoli ha detto:

      Complimenti !

    4. lucia ha detto:

      La bellezza e la verità non hanno bisogno di photoshop. L’autentico è già quadro, fotografia, cinema, teatro. Scena. Il corrispettivo di cui parli è intorno a noi ciascun giorno e non è piacevole ma preso nell’ironia della propria pochezza potrebbe essere interessante come reportage, a testimonianza della vera miseria, che è solo una : quella intellettuale.

    5. Francesco ha detto:

      Ho visto per la prima volta in vita mia il IV Stato nel gennaio scorso.. non mi aspettavo di trovarlo subito all’entrata del museo del novecento..sono rimasto con il fiato mozzato per un bel po…. trasuda la teoria del socialismo da ogni poro. Anche il tuo omaggio fotografico dà dignita a quei raccoglitori di canna da zucchero e ci fa fermare a riflettere.. così come quella foto del carretto fatto con il flacone che hai pubblicato di recente. Un bel reportage di S. Domingo. Spero di rivederti alla X edizione del festival Corigliano Calabro Fotografia.

    6. Lory ha detto:

      Grande sia nello spiegamento dlle persone x la foto ke la spiegazione sulle emozioni ke provoca sia questa foto ke quella di pellizza da volpedo…..molto coinvolgente l’accostamento tra la ns società e la loro….. loro sì ke lavorano con il sudore della loro fronte …. grazie

    7. Cristiano ha detto:

      Grandissimo scatto! Queste persone hanno uno sguardo che non si dimentica facilmente

    8. Ross ha detto:

      Hanno fatto un qualcosa di bello e vero e non il solito e scemo”Italia uno” !!!

    9. Ross ha detto:

      Ovviamente insegnato dalla maggior parte dei turisti !!!

    10. Sofia ha detto:

      è davvero bella.

    11. diego ha detto:

      io piango.. grazie

    12. Elisa ha detto:

      Sensitivita’ visiva splendida, grazie per le tue parole ed il tuo scatto.

    13. Rainer Maas ha detto:

      “The Fourth Estate” is powerful painting. So is your photography and your text.
      Congratulation,

      Rainer

      Ps
      I would love to purchase a copy.

    14. settimio ha detto:

      @rainer thank you! To purchase please write to studio@benedusi.it

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