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Calle Tredici Martiri

Dec 07, 2019 - Jason Koxvold

In July of 1944, Varisco oversaw a group of men who placed an IED at the Venetian headquarters of the National Republican Guard. The bomb was assembled using a sea mine, placed into a shipping trunk with a timer; it killed 13 Fascists and Nazis.


In the following days, 13 partisans were pulled out of a local jail and executed at the site of the explosion. Later, the alley was renamed Calle Tredici Martiri – Alley of the Thirteen Martyrs. This eventually became the title of my project.


I was interested in the idea that in today’s parlance, the Nazis would have called my grandfather a terrorist. Using this as a starting point, I began to explore the notion of an unseen, anachronistic conflict occurring in plain sight, using the visual language of today’s “forever wars”.