“KEFALONIA, 1943”: MY ARTWORK TO REMEMBER AN UNPUNISHED MASSACRE AND THE STATE CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE

 

 Dr. Srini Pillay – Harvard psychiatrist, author, brain imaging researcher and columnist – says that art is a form of healing and it may help us to face tragedies and loss… I dedicated this artwork to Kefalonia massacre ( title: Kefalonia, 1943 – Victims & martyrs. The blood tracks # 1; canvas/mixed media, 87×57, Lacer/actions Project). My father Battista is a survivor of that terrible tragedy in which died 9.000 Italian soldiers (1943) killed and exterminated by German Nazis.

 Saturday January 28, 2012 – in the same days devoted in Italy to remember Shoah victims – Battista native Municipality dedicates him a conference and a ceremony (h.8,45 pm, Centro Sociale, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan Area). Italian Council of Ministers Presidency has recently confered to Battista the “Medal of honor” established for Italian civilians and militaries deported and interned in nazi concentration camps.

 

Central Database of Shoah Victims Names

http://www.yadvashem.org/wps/portal/IY_HON_Welcome

About Italian Division “Acqui” and Kefalonia Slaughter

http://www.associazioneacqui.it/

http://www.divisioneacqui.com/

http://www.mediterraneoass.com/

About Kefalonia:

http://kefaloniablog.com/2012/01/26/a-few-thoughts-on-kefalonia/

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ARTISTI ITALIANI PER LA LIBERTA’ D’ESPRESSIONE / ITALIAN ARTISTS FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

  

Fifty Italian artists have begun a trip through the Country promoting events about freedom expression and freedom of the press. The shows – scheduled in different cities (Florence and Rome included) – are supported and promoted by the national organization of Italian journalists and by the regional council (Marche) of the same organization (Odgm). The first exhibit in Caldarola. The tour will end in May 2012. 

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C’è un filo comune che unisce artisti e giornalisti: l’ostilità, l’avversione e il rifiuto verso tutto ciò che limita la libertà di espressione. Per la verità è un bene di tutti i cittadini che artisti e giornalisti sentono più di altri perché è l’essenza stessa del loro lavoro. Ebbene partendo da questo valore è nata una collezione d’arte, unica nel suo genere, che da venerdì 9 settembre è in viaggio itinerante, con tappe  che toccheranno le cinque province marchigiane e due città simbolo dell’arte, Roma e Firenze, fino al maggio 2012.

Prima mostra a Caldarola, nella prestigiosa sede di Palazzo dei Cardinali Pallotta (fino al 2 ottobre), poi Ascoli Piceno (dal 7 al 23 ottobre), nella galleria d’arte contemporanea Osvaldo Licini. Queste le altre tappe: Fermo, Palazzo dei Priori, sala degli stemmi (dall’ 11 al 27 novembre); Ancona, Mole vanvitelliana, sala Seritery (dal 2 al 18 dicembre); Senigallia, Chiesa dei cancelli (dal 6 al 29 gennaio 2012); Pesaro, Prefettura, sala Laurana (dal 10 al 26 febbraio 2012); Firenze, Sede ancora da definire (marzo 2012) e infine Roma, Palazzo Lina Cavalieri sede Banca delle Marche (aprile 2012).

Una cinquantina gli artisti e le opere; unico il tema: la libertà di espressione. E’ in pericolo o è in discussione questo diritto? Senza pensarci molto dovremmo rispondere di no. Con tutte le affermazioni di principio, partendo dalla Costituzione, dovremmo sentirci ampiamente garantiti e tutelati. Invece non è così. Non lo è per i giornalisti ai quali si vorrebbero imporre “bavagli” in nome e per conto di altre presunte libertà. Non lo è neppure per gli artisti che spesso subiscono condizionamenti o sono costretti a scelte non volute con armi e arti ben più subdole e sottili.

Perché proporre una riflessione su questo tema attraverso l’arte? Perché gli artisti, come i giornalisti, interpretano gli umori, le aspettative, le speranze e i sogni della gente. E gli artisti, più dei giornalisti, ne rappresentano i sentimenti e li esprimono senza i vincoli dell’obiettività ai quali sono tenuti gli operatori dell’informazione.

Partendo da questi sentimenti e valori comuni (cioè la libertà di poter esprimere qualsiasi concetto, sentimento, intuizione, idea ed emozione) è nata l’idea di questa collezione. Una chiacchierata fra amici, uno scambio di opinioni sul peso sempre più opprimente della politica e dei poteri in genere, sul giornalismo come sull’arte. In pochi mesi è stata creata una collezione particolarissima e unica; un piccolo patrimonio di creatività ed espressività che è esposto in maniera permanente nella Sede dell’Ordine dei giornalisti delle Marche, nel Centro di Ancona.

Ma un messaggio così significativo e forte non poteva restare circoscritto nelle mura di una sede istituzionale. Ecco l’idea della mostra itinerante realizzata in collaborazione con il Consiglio nazionale dell’Ordine, Banca Marche e una serie di Enti e Fondazioni. Qui a Caldarola la spinta determinante è arrivata dalla Comunità montana dei Monti Azzurri e dal suo Presidente Giampiero Feliciotti.

Gli artisti che hanno accolto l’invito dell’Ordine dei giornalisti rappresentano stili e tendenze diverse; si esprimono con tecniche tradizionali o innovative e si distinguono per i valori formali. Il tema (la libertà) favorisce l’approccio fra chi lancia il messaggio (l’artista) e il fruitore (lo spettatore). Giornalisti e artisti con questa mostra non propongono ricette o soluzioni, ma invitano a ragionare e riflettere, a recuperare il senso della partecipazione collettiva alla vita pubblica.

 

Artisti invitati:

Mario Agostinelli-Vittorio Amadio- Renzo Barbarossa- Ezio Bartocci- Sirio Bellucci -Guelfo Bianchini-Mauro Brattini-Patrizia Calovini- Gaetano Carboni – Carlo Cecchi -Sauro Ciuffolotti-Luciano Collamati-Silvio Craia -Isabella Crucianelli-Giovanni Di Francesco-Anna Donati -Maria Cristina Fioretti-Ferdinando Franguelli-Giuliano Garattoni-Melita Gianandrea-Andrea Granchi – Carlo Iacomucci – Floriano Ippoliti – Cristina Kanaan – Giannetto Magrini – Bruno Mangiaterra – Marisa Marconi-Alessandro Marcucci Pinoli-Franco Morresi-Leonardo Nobili – Corrado Olmi- Luigi Pennacchietti- Riccardo Piccardoni – Annalisa Piergallini-Nazareno Rocchetti-Mario Sasso -Luca Sguanci- Stefano Tonti – Franco Torcianti – Josè Van Roy Dalì -Luca Zampetti-Franco Zingaretti .

 

Nell’immagine: IL VOLO DEL PENSIERO, dell’artista CARLO IACOMUCCI

 

 

“9/11,REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART”: DR.SRINI PILLAY WRITES ON “THE HUFFINGTON POST” ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORK

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Roberto Alborghetti, “Nine Eleven, New York 2001”, Abstract Photo on Canvas, Lacer/actions Project

Dr. Srini Pillay – Harvard psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, clinician and executive coach – wrote an interesting article on the popular  “The Huffington Post” about my artwork dedicated to 9/11. Here’s the link:       

“The Huffington Post” – la testata di news piu’ cliccata del mondo (ha superato perfino il “New York Times”) – pubblica un approfondito articolo sul mio artwork “Nine Eleven, New York 2001”, dedicato al ricordo dei quasi 3.000 caduti nell’attacco terroristico dell’11 settembre 2001. L’articolo è scritto dal Dr. Srini Pillay, uno dei piu’ noti ed autorevoli psichiatri americani, docente clinico ad Harvard, ricercatore, executive couch, speaker motivazionale, autore di best sellers sul rapporto tra cervello e comportamento umano e appunto columnist del celebre “Huffpo”.

Srini Pillay ha visto su web i miei artworks “Lacer/azioni” e ne è rimasto molto colpito, soprattutto dall’immagine che ho dedicato alla strage del WTC. Qui sotto il link all’articolo dell’Huffington Post.

La tela Nine Eleven sarà esposta a Londra a metà ottobre nell’ambito della prestigiosa “Parallax AF”, presso “La Galleria”, alla Royal Opera Arcade, sul centralissimo Pall Mall.

 The Huffington Post – Dr.Srini Pillay

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html

PREVIEW: NINE ELEVEN / NEW YORK 2001

PREVIEW:

NINE ELEVEN / NEW YORK 2001 

An Image To Remember

Link to YouTube clip:

http://youtu.be/_e_xNdQw7u8

“S.O.S / StopOilSpill”: MY ARTWORKS AGAINST OFFSHORE OIL RIG ACTIVITIES

 The clip wants to support the european “campaign” of Surfrider Foundation Europe  for the adoption of a moratorium on all new European offshore oil rig activities.

 My “Lacer/Actions” against oil spill disasters. A videoclip based on my artworks wants to be a message about what has happened in Gulf of Mexico and in other places of the world. Nine images – selected from my pictures of torn ad billboards – meet the sound of Pure Dream Ladder.

Title of clip: S.O.S – StopOilSpill. Time: 32 seconds. Ripped and torn papers of ad billboards want to tell when “…the Sea Waters rose and screamed all their fury” against who are destroying our planet… An SOS to stop oil spills in our seas.

The clip wants to encourage the european “campaign” to demand the adoption of a moratorium on all new European offshore oil rig activities.This activity is promoted by Surfrider Foundation Europe. “A number of measures – says Surfrider – are urgently required for existing oil-drilling rigs, namely comprehensive regulations that would eliminate waste and chemical disposal from offshore oil-drilling rigs, impose stringent safety measures capable of preventing oil spill risks and limiting of greenhouse gas emissions by these installations. For these reasons, we state unequivocally that renewable sources of energy must be systematically prioritized over fossil fuels. Our sole demand: Stop Oil Spill!”

 LINKS TO CLIP:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB3getWeoCE

 http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/sos-stopoilspill-2011-5379468

Sign the SURFRIDER FOUNDATION petition !

Find the petition on: http://www.stopoilspill.surfrider.eu/

MY FATHER SURVIVOR IN KEFALONIA: TALKIN’ ABOUT WAR WITH STUDENTS…

  

On Wednesday June 8, at the Secondary School in Cisano Bergamasco (Bergamo, Italy), was promoted a conference with third classes students about my father, Battista Alborghetti and his dramatic story from the massacre of Kefalonia (1943).

The meeting took place a few days after the official communication by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, to confer to Battista Alborghetti the “Medal of honor” established for Italian citizens, civilian and military, deported and interned in nazi concentration camps; Baptist was imprisoned and segregated in Argostoli (Kefalonia, Greece).

The students were very interested about my father story. The conference has been organized by the School Institute and the local Kid’s Town Council. 

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MY FATHER IN THE HELL OF KEFALONIA:

WATCH THE TV DOCUMENTARY PRODUCED BY RAIUNO (ITALIAN TELEVISION CHANNEL)

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 A survivor memory, an unpunished massacre

and the State conspiracy of silence

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FROM THE BOOK BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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My father Battista told me…  A nightmare. This is still for me, Kefalonia. I’m a survivor. I was in that hell from November 1942 to November 1944, along with other 11.600 Italians. After September 8, 1943 – as a result of our refusal to surrender to the German army – about 9-10.000 Italian soldiers were massacred. A terrible massacre, that still remains in my eyes and on my mind. There are so many images about those awful days of terror: stories of war and death, written in the blood of so many young people who pursued the dream of a better Italy. I was nineteen years old when I was assigned to the Divisione Acqui – at 33th Artillery, First group, Second battery – on the Greek-Albanian front, already controlled by German Army. The armistice proclaimed in Italy by general Badoglio (September 8, 1943) changes our destinies. Germans claim our surrender, but they do not offer enough guarantees about Italian troops repatriation. Italian officers called a consultation between the military departments: it’s an unprecedented event in the modern army history. We decide to refuse surrender and not to give our weapons to the germans. And after that, the Apocalypse…

An historical photo: Battista Alborghetti (first on the left) and five fellows in Cefalonia in 1943 before the massacre.

An historical photo: Battista Alborghetti (first on the left) and five fellows in Cefalonia in 1943 before the massacre.

In the early hours of the battle I see my three companions dying. They fall down close to me. Some minutes later, a splinter of a grenade explosion hits my left leg. The Acqui Division – poor in weapons – is destroyed. People who do not succumb in the fighting they become prey of the Wehrmacht. German soldiers rakes the island, inch by inch. I escaped from the capture in a couple of occasions; I hide myself between mules and I repaire inside water pipes in the undergrowth. They capture me on September 21.

About 300 Officers (captains, lieutenats and second lieutenants) were captured and transferred to the sadly known “Red House”, in San Teodoro. Against every principle of the international conventions, they were shot within 36 hours, four people at a time… The corpses, weighed down with rolls of barbed wire, they were then thrown into the sea, sprinkled with petrol and burned in bonfires, whose light illuminated the night, leaving a foul smell in the air.

My companions were loaded onto trucks and taken somewhere: I won’t see them anymore. My friend, the second lieutenant Giampietro Matteri – from Dongo (Como), twenty-two years old – is killed on September 24. The same destiny for another friend, the second lieutenant Pillepich, from Trieste: I still remember the terror in his eyes when, together with eleven companions, he was dragged from the group. Few minutes later we heard the shots of machine guns, followed by cries of pain, yells, invocations. And then other shots. The finishing strokes.

At the concentration camp we were treated worse than beasts. In the morning, Wehrmacht officers assembled us, offering – as they were saying – “the chance to return to Italy”. But I always said to myself: if they want to kill me, I prefer that they do it here. We now know: who accepted that proposals were shot. They were shipped on steamers, as easy targets for Stukas airplanes or for floating mines. It’s what that happened to my compatriot, Ferdinando Mangili. He climbed aboard of one of those ships that were full of soldiers who looked forward to reach home… But the ship was sunk off and the waves returned the corpses… The Germans forced me to bury the dead, all around the island. Chaplain father Luigi Ghilardini and I, we recomposed corpses or what was left of bodies mangled by bullets and then devoured by ravens and vultures…

One day the nazis picked up us suddenly and they brought us in the square of Lixouri, where they deployed 13 Greeks accused of being partisans. Those poor people were hunged under our eyes. It happened that one of them – because of a broken rope – fell to the ground. He was still alive. Nazis soldiers took him and hung him again… If at that moment I had been given a stab, I would release even a single drop of blood, so I was shocked.

In October 1944, nazis abandoned Kefalonia: they were moving to other fronts. We remained on the island for nearly a month, as forgotten people. We scanned the horizon, waiting for a ship. We wanted to end this terrible experience. Finally on November 13, the Garibaldi and Artigliere ships landed to Argostoli ‘s port. We embarked to Taranto, but to be back home I will have to wait till June 5, in 1945. The war stole me everything but the joy to be back home, as well as the inability to forget Kefalonia, the dead, the extermination, the ferocity.

No medal, no bonuses, even no official apology from the German State – apology always denied, but never officially requested by Italy – can never compensate what was removed to thousands of young people, to thousands of families. Inside me, in addition to horror, remains the strength to repeat that all this cannot longer occurs. Never again. Never again. Never again.

© Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

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MY ARTWORKS: “RUST, BACTERIUMS AND DUST”

 

 

Rust, bacteriums and dust” is the title of the “LaceR/Actions” artwork showed above. No other kind of title for this realistic image that really incorporates the signs of the times, urban decomposition included…

Medium: Canvas, 62×93, Unique original copy.

Image location: Milan, Italy 2010.

 

 

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LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 24.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles, or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn advertisings give new life to paper lacerations.

I think that in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital.

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”. In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy).Myartworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests.

 

LACER/ACTIONS on web

www.artslant.com/ew/artists/show/134694-roberto-alborghetti

www.myspace.com/lacer-azioni

www.youtube.com/user/lacerazioni

www.facebook.com/roberto.alborghettilacerazioni

http://lacer-azioni.blip.tv/

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

http://it.linkedin.com/in/robertoalborghettilacerazioni