Il Gattopardo

In “Il Gattopardo” (The Leopard) Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa writes:

“Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga come è, bisogna che tutto cambi”

(Everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same)

Tancredi, Prince Fabrizio di Salina’s young and ambitious nephew, tells his uncle this sentence before leaving the palace to join Garibaldi in the Thousand Battle that freed Sicily from Bourbons.

Tancredi warns his uncle that in order to keep his status quo it is necessary to take the side of Change and Progress, then the current system can find undisturbed continuity.

Benjamin Bratton takes apart and unfolds for us one of these status quo holders

and portrays for us the real under the veil .


Rene Magritte, The Lovers, 1928

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