‘barba non facit philosophum’ (the beard doesn’t make the philosopher)
This body of work is meant to break the stereotypical pre-conception that society holds in relation to “mafias” and mafia mobsters. The term “mafias” refers to the many organised crime associations present in Italy: ‘Ndrangheta, Cosa nostra, Camorra, and Sacra Corona Unita.
The project's aim is to debunk the non-truthful depictions that cinema ,TV and other media sources create in people’s minds about ’the mafia’ and the world of organised crime, and to show its reality. The world has changed and all these criminals and associations have changed along with it.
The binding element of the body of work is the uncanny and sense of mystery: the viewer is not able to recognise a difference between criminals and normal citizens. The work suggests the idea that the physical appearance of a person is not an accurate tool to judge and to categorise by. The project challenges the stereotypical preconceptions about the appearance of organized crime members.
The body of work is designed to be in the form of a flipbook or installation. The book is composed by appropriated portraits of members of Italian organised crime and normal Italian citizens on one side; texts regarding identities of criminals and the profession of normal citizens on the other side.
in Italy, centered in Calabria.
or secret society, that originated in the region of Campania and its capital Naples.
as La Cosa Nostra (“This thing of ours”), is a criminal syndicate in Sicily, Italy.
Portrait informations, a-n:
a: Ndrangheta [Natale Iamonte]
b: Political Economy Teacher
c: Ndrangheta [carmine de stefano]
f: Sacra Corona Unita [Francesco Prudentino]
g: Ndrangheta [Giovanni Tegano]
i: Cosa Nostra [Gaspare Spatuzza]
l: Cosa Nostra [Giovanni Nicchi]
n: Physics Tutor Teacher