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Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti – In Fourth Person

Sep 30, 2016 - Constantin Schlachter

A large part of Italian political history of the last fifty years is undeniably shrouded in mystery. Until today, some of its stories and events, public and private, major and minor, remain untold, dismissed, and even censored, in some cases. From north to south, the country often finds itself united in the name of forgetfulness.
Memory – intended as personal and collective history – on the other hand represents a powerful medium for people to recall lost belongings and to reclaim what has been forgotten, stolen.
Since the 1960s, in the midst of the so-called “economic miracle”, Italy’s cultural and political powers established substantial processes of transformation of territories and traditions, in the name of a progress that must be fed with new roads, new machines and industries, and definitely a new identity. An identity which had to be able, technically and politically, to connect the most isolated areas of the country with one another, to bring to the most remote souls and attitudes its promise of change.
The Calabria region, case-study of our visual exploration, is an ancient land where the challenge of modernity has imposed its language and aesthetics, slowly oppressing the territory’s human and natural landscape. “In fourth person” is a multimedia research about its anthropological, geopolitical and environmental transformation over the last 50 years, whose “narration” remains fragmented.
Created along the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria highway, symbolic storyline of our project, the research investigate transversely the iconography and the stories of a landscape suspended between utopy and betrayal. Photographs, objects, documents and videos are reassembled as a collective mosaic of an imaginary us: in fourth person.

Text by: Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti

Martin Errichiello is a visual author born in Napoli in 1987. Since 2008 he pursues a free, personal investigation of the visual language through different medias. In 2010 he graduates in photography and visual communication at the CFP “Bauer” of Milan with an internship with the artist Raffaela Mariniello. From 2011, he starts a research with the anthropologist Carlotta Napolitano, producing several projects, installations and a book. In 2012 he was selected for the Visual Storytelling course at the Danish School of Media (attending lectures by Antoine d’Agata, Kent Klich, Nina Korhonen) where he realized the awards-winning documentary “Archipelagoes” and founded the international crossmedia network of visual artists “Panaut Collective”.
He’s now based in Napoli, working as freelance filmmaker.

Filippo Menichetti was born in Florence in 1986. In 2009, after graduating in Psychology at “La Sapienza” of Rome he decided to entirely embrace photography. After a year traveling between the United States, Europe and Asia he attended a master’s degree in photojournalism and reportage to the Scuola Romana di Fotografia in Rome. In 2012 he founded the collective PanAut with other authors of the Danish School of Media and Journalism where he graduated with “What Remains – meditations on a landscape”, produced on the West Coast of Denmark, and the short film “Let him talk”. In late 2013 he moved to Naples where he lives and works.