A Democratic Republic founded on Labor | 90×90 cm | mixed media with petroleum, salt and ash | 2011
UNESCO | Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights Global Art Competition Exhibit
I don’t find a more efficient vehicle other than the Politics, to deal with the “dignity of the vulnerables” theme. I’ve decided to give nobility at this vehicle, because as a vehicle I consider the Parliament. The lower panel of the painting portrays Montecitorio during the Costituente meeting (the moment is peculiar): It has been painted with exhausted petroleum and ash, through the traditional technique by noble glazes. I wanted to draw the “dignity of the vulnerables” theme to the Work theme: I choose one of my photo about an Eternit roof. The photo has been covered with salt and has become the painting’s top panel. The history of the Eternit is famous: although was documented since 1962 that the asbestos fibers caused a form of pleural mesothelioma, Eternit and Fibronit continued to manifacture their products till 1986-1992, trying to keep the employees in a total state of ignorance about the damages they could face, with the purpose to extend the activity of the plant. The labourers, totally conscious of what they had to face, decided to go to work every day.