October 8: Theatrical performance by Quelli di Astaroth at 6 PM.
What started off as an idea to organize a new show with photographs of Letizia Battaglia, developed into a homage to Pier Paulo Pasolini: thinker, poet, writer, actor, rebel, journalist, marxist, musician, gay activist, filmmaker, painter, draughtsman, 1925-1975. He was brutally murdered in 1975.
Once upon a time Letizia Battaglia showed us some of her early photographs, taken in 1972, while visiting a meeting in Milano at the occasion of the latest Pasolini film at the time: "I racconti di Canterbury". Censors prohibited the public screening. Another confrontation of right wing and left wing, as in many western countries in that era. Freedom of expression against laws on public offence. The photographs, now exhibited at Metis-NL, show a nearly devastated Pier Paulo Pasolini swept off his feet by the reactions of the people present. He felt completely misunderstood: his film was judged as pornography while he only had wanted to show that the human drive towards self interest and pleasure are universal and of all times. As early as 1972 Pasolini described pornography as commercial consumer goods of capitalism. This can be seen as a prelude to the disappearance of the reflecting individual within the masses and mass culture, a phenomenon that nowadays is clearly visible in the programs on Italian TV as owned and controlled by Berlusconi.
Letizia Battaglia is befriended with both Graciela Iturbide (Mexico City 1942), photographer of images at Ostia near Rome where Pier Paolo Pasolini has been murdered in 1975 and Alfredo Jaar (Santiago de Chili 1956) who showed his film "Le Cenere di Pasolini" (38 min.) at the Venice Biennial in 2009, a very strong manifesto about Pasolini's work and ideas. This film will also be shown in the gallery.
In 1988 Marlene Dumas (Kaapstad 1953) made a portfolio with lithographs inspired by the poem "Le Cenere di Gramsci", published by Maria Chailloux. The original designs of the lithographs will be shown as well. Pasolini wrote the poem in 1956 as an homage to Antonio Gramsci, Marxist thinker who died in 1937 as a victim of fascism.
Pier Paulo Pasolini made his first film 50 years ago: “Accatone” (1961). Metis-NL considers this manifestation at the gallery as a means to renew the acquaintance with Pasolini or to get to know this remarkable man and his work for the first time.