On the Loss of Identity

In 1924 Luigi Pirandello writes a novel , “Il Fu Mattia Pascal“, whose protagonist – Mattia Pascal – is believed dead by mistake.

Besides the shock and the attempt to tell anyone that he is still alive, Mattia recognises that the loss of his identity is a tabula rasa of mistakes and bad decisions from his previous life; hence a challenge to start from scratch a new life.

Since last Monday I am being mourning the loss of my 7 years Gmail account. My memories, in the good and bad side, are gone. A hacker took a big chuck of my life. 

I am looking at Mattia and try to see, as he did, a new challenge for the loss,

but somehow I can’t move on.

The thought of my past,

gone without any kind of souvenir,

makes me still sick.

After all Mattia needs to kill his new identity, Adriano Meis, because he doesn’t have a past………… 


The Eye of the Director

I recently visited the London Royal Academy of Arts exhibition, which celebrates the early photographic career of Dennis Hopper.

Since I left Los Angeles I am being collecting a positive malinconia that wanted me to experience the city, with other spaces, from the eye of the “Easy Rider” director. Indeed the three rooms that display his work has been a journey, but an unexpected one.

Hopper was part of a creative circle, which embraced the West and East US coast, that allowed him to meet artists like Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg or Ed Ruscha.


Dennis Hopper at Royal Academy of Arts © Dennis Hopper Courtesy of the Hopper Art Trust

It has been interesting to see how Hopper collected, and reinterpreted, through photography the influence of such artists. From the interiors of his house to the little obsession of picturing details of teared advertisement posters or the Standard petrol stations, Hopper’s work appears like a sequence that, on one hand, pins point the American landscape details that inspired art and, from the other one it portrays the connection between US culture and art at that time. For the latter the exhibition takes a value, which is more than displaying work, as it becomes an engaging experience for visitors crowding the space.