Italy, 06 July 2009LA STAMPANATIONAL, pag. 35
Show, plays, exhibits
The REVIEWS – EXHIBITS Light America, tomorrow is another day
by Robiony Simonetta
Cinematographic icons, one knows, are immortal. And so Humphrey Bogart continues to mumble with a cigarette between his lips, Marilyn lets her skirt be blown up by the air from a subway vent, Rita Hayworth lets her red hair sway to the rhythm of Bolero. Aware of their timelessness, the young pop and a bit concept artist, Gaialight, grabbed Scarlett O’Hara with her pretty straw brim hat, wasp waist and mischievous eyes and took her on a trip throughout the USA during the long presidential campaign which led to the election of Obama. The life-size cardboard stand-up of Scarlett was photographed in Central Park under the falling snow and in a tree laden road in autumn in Detroit, in front of a casino in Las Vegas, against barbed wire that divides New Mexico from the real Mexico and the chicanos from the wasps, in the Death Valley desert of Zabriskie Point, with a background of the surf waves in Florida and those in California blue as the sky, on Fifth Avenue in the middle of the sky scrapers and on the Brooklyn Bridge with the New York skyline; as if this cardboard Scarlett were an authentic candidate forced to repeat to an America that had lost her way: “Tomorrow is another day”. A singular exhibit has come out of all this, Light America at the Galleria Fontanella Borghese in Rome: about twenty photographs, many of which blow-ups, on which Gaialight, to honor her style, recreated various graphic marks using shiny spangles which create a curious effect of alienation. Scarlett smiles, confident of the future, but what is there to smile about in front of a building on the Wall Street which, with its ruinous decline in the value of stocks caused the major economic disaster of ’29? Scarlett, with her pretty green velvet ribbon, throws seductive glances, but who is there to seduce in a New York subway crowded with the poor, black and white, sitting tired, without even offering her a glance? The most photographed city is Detroit: Scarlett, in front of a wall which seems to be falling to the ground, in a warehouse of a disused factory, under the signs of a club for gentlemen only, in a field of sunflowers left to dry up in the sun, in front of Malcom X, long ago hero of a period that has passed because, explains Gaialight, with a garrulous tone which contrasts with the harshness of that which she is about to say, “Detroit is beautiful but dilapidated: the automobile makers’ crisis has brought it to its knees. There you can see the authentic misery of the America of today and I wanted to bring it out”. All of this, the Oscar award winner, Michael Moore, had foreseen years before, with his first full length film Roger and Me in which, as a good citizen, he sought in vain the reasons for the crisis of GM, trying to interview the factory’s head, precisely, Mister Roger.