Staffetta Partigiana 2020
Staffetta Partigiana 2020 was born because of ALI project, an organisation focused on establishing contacts between migrants and local people. During the global pandemic of Covid-19 a young woman from Camerun, seamstress and member of ALI, started sewing face masks for all the people in need. The materials were retrieved through the members of ALI. African wax prints were mainly used for for the masks' external side . Eventually ALI volunteers delivered the masks by bicycle.
Thinking about this story, I have created Staffetta Partigiana 2020 right on the 25 of April , Liberation Day, aka Anniversary of the Resistance. The female figure is a cut out from a 50's magazine, the yellow and blue pattern is a scan of an African wax print, and the logo on the coat is ALI's logo.
Female Partisan runners had a key role in the Italian resistance movement : young and courageous women, silently moving around on a bicycle and helping their companions in need. Again solidarity, courage and action are the leading roles of our contemporary history. Staffetta Partigiana 2020 represents the desire for a daily movement of struggle based on integration.
In my vision the daily struggle should foster contacts and friendships between strangers. The bicycle represents well the lightness , the grace and the sustainability of such a movement.
At last the cut out was chosen for the resemblance to a picture of my grandma, depicting her on a bicycle while going to work in the tobacco field. It is an image traveling through generations then, that brings together past and present ideals.