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Lacer/actions Artworks by Roberto Alborghetti.

In memory of 2.974 Victims&Martyrs.

In the 11th Anniversary of WTC massacre.


Title of the work:

“Victims & Martyrs: The Blood’s Tracks # 2 – Nine Eleven 2001, New York”

Canvas + Mixed media, 2011, 46,5 x 70 cm

Silk scarf created in collaboration with textile designer Bruno Boggia



From an article by dr. SRINI PILLAY, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain imaging researcher, author of “The Life Unlocked”, “Your Brain and Business: the Neuroscience of the great leaders”, “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” , The Huffington Post columnist

Nine eleven did not just affect America.  It affected the world. Roberto Alborghetti was walking along Vico Street in Milan last spring when his eyes suddenly fell upon an image: red and black and described by him as either “hands, arms, fire tongues or hydrants,” he began to see the primal theme that this image represented.

Besides, it was a torn poster on a wall, and its urban origins were undeniable.  He looked on more closely, and as his mind wandered over several images, it landed on one that seemed to him most like what this was.  These, says Alborghetti, are: “..scenes in which the earth cries its fury to the sky, and the sky answers with its blood teardrops.”  Seeing the tragedy, he immediately made an association to one that had touched him very deeply: 9/11.  Knowing that he wanted to dedicate this one, of his poster images, to 9/11, he reproduced the image on canvas. He also approached the textiles designer Bruno Boggia who suggested that Alborghetti make a silk scarf with the image.  He did…  He plans to donate the scarf to a Fallen’s relative association.  Intrigued by this man’s penchant to represent this gruesome event as art, I probed more deeply to try to understand his psychology.  Was this just a random act on his part?  Did it actually mean anything to him?  And was there something that we in America could learn from this? “Art,” says Alborghetti, “is a reflection of reality.”  More precisely, he saw this piece of art as a scar that says that the world’s problems cannot be solved by violence and war– a memory of the horror of 9/11.  But was that thoughtful, or simply macabre?   “What was it in you that made you respond to this massive destruction with creation?” I asked, somewhat incredulously.  He answered that the poster seemed to depict both the tragedy and the possibility of a new life where earth (grey) and sky (red) meet each other to give origin to new colors, new days and new lives.   He was pointing to a certain resilience that we all have – to how in the face of massive destruction, you may break our buildings, but you cannot break our spirit.  He should know:  Alborghetti’s father was one of the few survivors of the terrible Kefalonia massacre (Greece, September 1943) where 8,000 young Italian young soldiers were killed by the Wehrmacht German army. He was injured, captured and segregated in a concentration camp. Alborghetti reflects: “An unutterable experience. And…slaughter!…I think that only his will to make peace with those awful years – talkin’ about them and… smilin’ too – has saved him, since then, from mind and body disease… “ In this time of remembering 9/11, psychological research and brain science support Alborghetti’s approach to representing tragedy in the beauty of art.  Visual beauty is registered in the brain in the medial OFC (orbitofrontal cortex) – a brain region known for its role in flexibility in thinking and reward (https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/research/browse/show-publication?pub_id=324591&source_id=2)  Beauty resides here too.  It could stimulate the necessary flexibility in our thinking by encouraging us not to lose ourselves in remembering the tragedy but also seeing the beauty in our resilience as a nation as well as the possibilities for recovery.  Studies also show that the perception of beauty activates brain regions, which move us toward the beautiful image or away from it if we think it ugly. (http://jn.physiology.org/content/91/4/1699.full.pdf)  To a certain extent, this gels well with Alborghettis’s intention in the art. Also, art and beauty offer potential forms of healing for all of us. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15152417)  Visual art not only represents the unconscious of the artist (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11455363) but  also taps into our unconscious brains (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19230327) leading us to parts of ourselves that are often untouched by everyday discourse.  For this reason, it does allow for a special kind of healing. I asked him: “Is your message in your art to America or the entire world?  Why?” He responded that his art was for all who would accept it – that art is a universal language – and that this memory was for all people who care to ask themselves some questions and who will allow emotions and feelings to grow in them. When we think of art representing tragedy, it raises all kinds of questions.  Can we really make art of an experience where people have lost loved ones?  Can we truly justify directing people toward beauty when there is such tragedy?  The beauty of abstract art – and of Alborghetti’s art in particular, is that it is in invitation for us to project what we will onto the piece.  We do so anyway – even when human forms, gardens and ponds protect us with their explicit forms in Impressionist and Renaissance paintings.  Art, as I substantiated above, is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. From a psychological perspective, art is an amazing way to mourn.  When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life.





Roberto Alborghetti “LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project about torn and decomposed publicity posters. Realistic images captured on the streets around the world are transferred on canvases, lithographs, textiles, glass, videoclips…



In his recent workbook “The Science behind the Law of AttractionDr. Srini Pillay draws on his experience as a Harvard psychiatrist and brain-imaging researcher. He describes seven scientific laws that explain how “The Law of Attraction” works. Whether the goal is weight loss, a romantic relationship, financial success or happiness, Dr. Pillay explains how we can draw on brain science to make sense of “The Law of Attraction.”

Drawing on extensive experience as a clinician and an executive coach, the author walks us through the scientific basis of each of the seven scientific laws of attraction rooted in brain science. In addition, he then provides the solutions and invites the reader to complete exercises targeted to specific brain-processes that bring us closer to realizing our dreams.

I had the honor to interview Dr. Pillay. I contacted him via Internet. I sent him the questions. I never doubted about his reply (it often happens that the interviewers are afraid about that…) And I had the answers, in perfect syntony of the same “Law of attraction”… and my desire too. Telling about his book, Dr. Srini Pillay says : “I saw this as an opportunity to add to the message that you can attract things into your life: with the provisor that you use your brain effectively and efficiently.”

– Dr.Srini Pillay, “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” is one of your recent books. Have you moved by a particular aim or reason to writin’it?

Throughout my life, my work has been about helping people deal with their suffering. So much of suffering came from unfulfilled desires, and when the law of attraction was expressed through books such as “The Secret”, I found that many people believed it, but were unable to manifest it. I recognized that the message that was out there may not have described how to use one’s brain to make the law of attraction work for people, and given my background, I saw this as an opportunity to add to the message that you can attract things into your life: with the provisor that you use your brain effectively and efficiently.

– Which is today the obstacle, or the problem, that prevents people to follow the “Law of Attraction”?

I think that there are several obstacles: firstly, people often feel like they just have to think about what they want and they will get it. But this does not happen. They have to think in a specific way and in ways that the brain can compute. For example, if you say: “I must remember not to spend too much money when I go out shopping”, under stress, the brain actually does not hear the “not” and will do the opposite of what you want. Tapping into the law of attraction takes a certain effort to “tune” your brain into the correct frequencies – it is a little like tuning your brain to the radio station of your desire so that it will come to you. Avoiding effort is a problem.

– Do you think that – in the “Law of Attraction” dynamics – the more we desire the more we get (the goals)?

I don’t think it is just about desire but more about how we interact with our desire. In fact constantly desiring often separates you from what you want and you never get it. For example, if you say: “I want money” or ‘I want a lover”, you are essentially telling the world (and your brain) that you are separate from what you want. However, if you say “I am rich”, you think like a rich person and become rich and if you say “I am a lover’ you behave like a lover so that a lover will join you. The clarity of our visualization does matter though, so in this sense, your desire needs to be well worked out so that your brain can map a path toward it.

– Which is the role of emotions in the “Law of Attraction”?

Emotions are critical in “the law of attraction.” They are essentially information that tells your brain how much you want or do not want something. Without them, your brain lacks the motivation to map out a path toward your goals.

– Have you a concrete suggestion/invite to try out, in a …few seconds, that this Law really works for everyone?

No. The difference between this book and what people often think is that the law of attraction only works with practice. Only for a few people who are already well practiced will it work in seconds. However, the book describes exercises that you can start to start making the law work for you. E.g. Talk to your brain in positives. Instead of saying what you will not do or want, say what you will do or want.

– Dr. Pillay, tell me one of the most important reasons why people should have to read this book.

I think that this book will provide the science behind the law of attraction. While it honors spirituality, it allows people to lean on the science for understanding. The main reason would be even one law that might inspire people to change their lives for the better.

– I love, in my artworks, to play and work with colors. For you, is there a color to identify “the Law of Attraction”? I mean: is there a favorite color to let this Law flows?

I think that we not know this answer scientifically. We do know things such as the fact that soccer teams who wear red jerseys are more likely to win their games, but in general, I think it is more about the match between the color and the person, as well as the task. Thus, I would say that the law flows most when the colors that you imagine or use authentically represent what is happening.




Srini Pillay, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. After graduating as the top medical student, he was the top award winner at Harvard during his residency and one of the top three award winners during his psychiatry residency in the US. He then directed the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at McLean Hospital-Harvard’s largest psychiatric hospital and also completed 17 years of nationally funded brain imaging research. His first book, “Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear” (Rodale, August 2010) was voted one of five finalists in “Books for a Better Life” in the motivational category. In addition, his next book: “Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders” was peer-reviewed by Wharton Business School and is scheduled to be released in March of 2011. (FT Press, Kindle, November 2010).

Dr. Pillay is widely regarded as a motivational speaker who is able to explain the science behind seemingly non-rational phenomena. Among his many media appearances, he has been featured in The Boston Globe, Oprah radio (Dr. Laura Berman), Martha Stewart Whole Living, Cosmopolitan, Fox News and CNN. He has been invited to speak on “The Science Behind “The Law of Attraction” on Fox News, and will also be teaching a 6 week course on putting the science to work for you to achieve your lifelong dreams at the “University of Attraction.” He is able to apply this methodology to the business environment as well, and has been invited to speak on related topics in New York, California, Washington DC, Toronto, Switzerland, Greece and Singapore.

Business clients have included The World Bank, The MITRE Corporation, Novartis, Genzyme and McKinsey. Across the board, Dr. Pillay is known for bringing brain science to life in the simplest terms that he then translates into recommended action steps that you can take. Working with people in everyday life for most of his career, the unique contributions of Dr. Pillay that continue to spark interest all over the world are vividly demonstrated in “The Science Behind the Law of Attraction.”


Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010)

Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2010/11)

The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011)




This is the chart about the Top 10 videos that in 2011 gained the highest number of views at my YouTube Lacer/azioni channel. At the top we see the clip inspired by Srini Pillay‘s words about art and the art’s healing power; Srini Pillay is Harvard psychiatrist, columnist (The Huffington Post and Psychology Today), brain imaging researcher, author (his book “Life Unlocked” ispired the videoclip at 4th position too).

At the second position: the clip I created remembering Nine Eleven Fallen in the 10th Anniversary of Twin Towers attack. At the third place: the video about my show at Parallax AF in London.

It’s also a pleasure to see in this 2011 chart the “Linger” clip created with poet, musician and producer Joshua Sellers (West Memphis, Arkansas) and that one made with the Amsterdam based musician and composer JapJap (“The ever expanding light”). All the clips are created with my “Lacer/actions” artworks, images of torn posters. Click and enjoy them!























I know: you aren’t dedicated two pages in a newspaper every day… Especially when they refer to art and culture. However, this happened to me. L’Eco di Bergamo – the most popular local newspaper in Italy – wrote about my “Lacer/actions” artworks dedicating me two full pages. The article is signed by Diego Colombo, who has interviewed me and has brilliantly reported and described the aspects of my art. I’m re-proposing some passages of the long and detailed article, thanking Diego Colombo and L’Eco di Bergamo for the attention they gave me. The entire article can be read on L’Eco di Bergamo, on October 26, 2011.



by Diego Colombo

 The “torn city.” This is the subject of photographs by the journalist Roberto Alborghetti from Bergamo (Italy), a research work on torn posters, advertising papers, in different countries of the world. He explains: “It’s hard to imagine that behind torn and faded messages there is “something else” to see or discover. In spite of this, these images keep being a mirror of the talking city. These are the post-communicating traces of a product, an event, a show, an idea, new visual elements, often contrasting, discordant but always surprisingly vital”.

Chris Barlow, British art historians, has hosted Alborghetti in an exhibition in London, organized in October. He was invited to be part of the Memorial & Museum in New York, with his work on Nine Eleven… “I’ve always been fascinated by the world of communication – explains Alborghetti – and once I cared a survey “The eye and the media”, in the weekly magazine “La nostra Domenica”, which often dealt with advertising including that of billboards on the streets. And the director, Lino Lazzari, encouraged me to go on with photographs, putting near my language the innovations of pop art. This year he wrote me a beautiful review which I translated into English and placed on the net”. Lazzari wrote: “The matter used to create a work of art and to convey positive messages of humanity isn’t as important as the ability of using “tears” of colored paper to exalt the characteristics of a striking, persuasive, compelling reality”.

“I photograph a waste as the torn poster waiting to be covered by other posters – adds Alborghetti – or remains as a waste, especially in poor neighborhoods where I usually find the best images”. “In Tunis, three years ago, I took photographs in an Arab market – remembers Alborghetti – where I saw beautiful matches on the blue walls of buildings… The most beautiful matches are those in which paper remains stuck for months and undergoes a process of osmosis with the environment. With rain, sun, smog, paper always changes, it pulls itself, it’s stiff. The most unusual aspects can be discovered when rainwater mixes everything, leaving incredible traces, and it’s important to seize the right moment, because it isn’t always easy…”

“During the last fifteen years – continues Alborghetti – I coordinated several projects about the use of means of mass communication and the reading of image, including workshops with students and teachers on advertising messages. There, I discovered that advertising has a “post” value, that is to say even after being a moment of communication. To tell the truth, the artist Mimmo Rotella took inspiration from torn posters of the fifties. And others like him, for example the French artist Jacques Villeglé: the capability of the billboard of enchanting isn’t something new. But I have considered a different aspect: the suggestion of colors that casually remain when the bill-sticker tears. In the meantime, studying contemporary art, I was seduced by abstractionism”.

 In about seven years, Alborghetti collects a lot of photos, thirty thousand pics. Here comes the surprise: “Showing them to friends or during the workshops with teachers, I was told that my pictures of torn posters were beautiful. They pushed me to locate them, date them, categorize them. I had shots taken around the world, from Italy, from New York and Los Angeles, from all the places where my job as director of specialist journals in the field of teaching and education and coordinator of projects about the use of media takes me”.

The moment of getting known comes soon: “I created about forty videoclips with my images of torn posters, organizing them by color – blue, red, black – and giving meaning to my work. I loaded them on the net: YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, ArtSlant… The first exhibition was in July 2010 at OrioCenter: the Director of the big shoppin center had seen my pictures and he had offered me a space, the square opposite the Milan Bergamo Orio Airport, for an exhibition of thirty works on the theme “Air, water, earth and fire”. In three days, thousands of people have asked for explanations and clarifications. On that occasion newspapers dedicated some articles to the event, including L’Eco di Bergamo and the international web magazine Un mondo d’Italiani…”

 “At first I found much derision in Italy. They told me: “You have made a montage”. And then I had to stand, and still today, people’s reactions when I am taking photos on torn posters. “You’re crazy”, “I have to go, give me way…”. In Milan I was also stopped by the police: I was shooting near a police station, considered “a significant military target”. “What are you photographing?”. “I will show you”. They couldn’t believe. Even my friends usually joke: they pretend to be art dealers who invite me to exhibitions”. To tell the truth when we saw the first e mail from Roberto Alborghetti, we thought it to be a trick.

“When I brought my booklet in a gallery in Milan, they watched me as if I was an alien. But abroad I realized that I wasn’t the problem, they were. We have to get out of our narrow-minded, it is isolating us”.

 The web gives Alborghetti a strong visibility: he has been receiving since the beginning thousands of contacts on his website “Lacer/actions” on YouTube. “Lacer/actions. I chose this name because my activity consists of reading the tears on posters, mirror of pople’s sorrow” Alborghetti’s name is also present on The Huffington Post, the prestigious American blog for which the President of the United States Obama, also wrote. The article is signed by Srini Pillay, Harvard psychiatrist and researcher in the field of “brain imaging”, author of bestsellers about the Neuroscience; in Italy they translated his best seller “Life Unlocked”, titled “La Calma in Tasca” (Newton Compton publishing company)

Pillay was especially struck by the work of Alborghetti dedicated to Nine Eleven and he wrote a psychological analysis on it: “Art is a form of healing whose effects we can seen in the brain. When it is as beautiful as Roberto Alborghetti, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of the loss and the beauty of our resilience through this mysterious life”.

The London show has been organized by the art historian and gallery owner Chris Barlow: “He saw my pictures on the net, he appreciated them and invited me to go to London for three days at the international “Parallax AF” with three of my works: that dedicated to Nine Eleven, “As running fast water” (Come acqua che corre veloce), “I don’t like to stand still” (Non mi piace stare fermo). “As running fast water” was born in Bergamo, along XXIV Maggio street in a rainy day and now somebody puts it near Monet”.

 “I have been contacted by many people who had seen my pictures on the net – Alborghetti says with surprise, but also with pride – : poets, musicians and storytellers. Among these was Srini Pillay, who now is working to an international project about “ States of consciousness”: he sent me a grid of questions centred on the creation of my works. When he received my answers he wrote me: “I am a columnist of The Huffington Post, I will dedicate an article about your work on Nine Eleven”. Taking the story of the origin of this picture as a starting point, he began to write: “Roberto Alborghetti was walking along Vico Street in Milan…”. That’s true: I was there when I saw a board election and I was fascinated by the tears left by a bill-sticker. The colors were similar to those of blood and fire coming down to the gray cement. This year is the tenth anniversary of Nine Eleven and I decided to dedicate this picture to the Fallen in the attack”.

 But there’s more. “Two years ago I have produced a clip with colorful images. An American hip-pop musician, Sweet P The Entertainer saw it and wrote to me: “If I give you my music, you will make a clip”. Now he is coming out in America with his first album…” There is a special feeling with the music. “Last year I made a clip with abstract images that made me think of the atmosphere of Christmas; this clip was for an american group that sings a cappella, Tonic Sol-Fa. A few months ago I worked with a Dutch musician, Jap Jap. And an experimental musician from Brighton, Jonteknik, sent me a song and he wrote to me: “Combine it with your pictures, I like them very much”. I worked with the American musical project “Earscapes” by Joshua Sellers, musician, producer and poet from Arkansas, who created a nine minutes video (“Linger”) with my artworks…”

“Who says that this kind of work can be created only by an Italian, mentioning Renaissance, as well as all the culture that we have behind us and inside us, puts me in a crisis. As well as people who puts me near Cy Twombly, Josef Albers, to pop art, who declares that I have shown that in art nothing is created nor destroyed. That’s true: I am not a painter, but a lot of great artists have been inspired by torn posters. I have got proof. I don’t modify the images, I don’t transform them: I immortalize them as I see them. My work is a provocation. Those who see my work for the first time have the illusion that they are paintings. I have to explain that they are not…”

Others apart from artists like Alborghetti’s works. He has been called by a company, the Bulwark Design (Srs Group), from Fiorano Modenese (Modena), in the center of the district of ceramics… And then the meeting with Bruno Boggia, who provides designers with the drawings. Because the success of an article depends on the textile designers. In Como, Boggia works for the most successful international fashion houses. Alborghetti: “He has produced three silk scarves with my pictures, including one dedicated to Nine Eleven (Alborghetti is going to give it to an association of families of the Fallen in the attack) Three prototypes, just to see the effect of the transition from paper to silk”. “But there’s also – he concludes – a religious group which had the idea of taking one of my images as a model for a stained glass window… People see all these references. For me it’s just a game”. But also a provocation to our eyes and our minds.


Lo so: due pagine che parlano di te, su un quotidiano, non sono cosa di tutti i giorni. Soprattutto poi quando si riferiscono all’arte ed alla cultura. Comunque, è capitato a me. L’Eco di Bergamo – il quotidiano locale più diffuso in Italia – ha scritto di me e delle mie “Lacer/azioni” dedicandomi appunto due pagine. L’articolo è firmato da Diego Colombo, che mi ha intervistato a lungo ed ha brillantemente riportato e raccontato aspetti e realtà del mio progetto “Lacer/azioni”. Ripropongo qui alcuni passaggi del lungo ed articolato servizio, ringraziando Diego Colombo e L’Eco di Bergamo per l’attenzione che mi è stata dedicata. L’intero servizio può essere letto su L’Eco di Bergamo del 26 ottobre 2011.



di Diego Colombo

 La “città strappata”. Questo il tema delle fotografie del giornalista bergamasco Roberto Alborghetti, un lavoro di ricerca sulla carta della pubblicità in diverse nazioni del mondo. Lui lo spiega così: “Dietro messaggi sbiaditi e stracciati riesce difficile pensare che possa esserci ancora “qualcosa” da vedere o scoprire. Eppure, queste immagini continuano a essere uno specchio della città che comunica e che parla. Sono le tracce e i reperti post-comunicanti di un prodotto, di un evento, di uno spettacolo, di un’idea, elementi visivi nuovi, spesso contrastanti, disarmonici, ma sempre sorprendentemente vitali”.

 Chris Barlow, uno dei più noti storici dell’arte inglesi, ha ospitato Alborghetti in una mostra a Londra, tenutasi in questo mese di ottobre. Con la sua opera sull’11 Settembre è stato invitato a far parte del Memorial & Museum di New York, di cui è stata inaugurata la prima sezione nell’occasione del decennale dell’attacco terroristico. La seconda – di cui farà parte Alborghetti – sarà aperta nell’autunno 2012. “Sono sempre stato affascinato dal mondo della comunicazione – ci spiega Alborghetti – e un tempo sul settimanale diocesano La nostra Domenica curavo una rubrica, “L’occhio e i media”, dove spesso parlavo di pubblicità, anche quella dei cartelloni per le strade. E proprio il direttore di allora, Lino Lazzari,mi ha incoraggiato ad andare avanti con le fotografie, accostando il mio linguaggio all’avanguardia della pop art. Quest’anno mi ha scritto una bellissima scheda critica, che ho tradotto in inglese e messo in Internet”. Scrive Lazzari: “Non conta la materia che viene usata per realizzare un’opera d’arte e per trasmettere positivi messaggi di umanità e’ sufficiente la capacità di servirsi anche di “strappi” di carta colorata per esaltare le caratteristiche di una realtà che si fa immagine sorprendente, suasiva, coinvolgente”. “Io fotografo un rifiuto come il manifesto strappato in attesa di essere coperto da altre affissioni – aggiunge Alborghetti – o che resta come scarto, in particolare nei quartieri più degradati, perché lì trovo le immagini più belle.”

 “A Tunisi, tre anni fa, ho preso fotografie in un mercato arabo – ricorda Alborghetti – dove avevo visto splendide combinazioni di colori sui muri azzurri degli edifici. E che paura ha avuto mia moglie, che mi osservava da lontano, quando sono stato circondato da un gruppo di arabi in atteggiamento non proprio amichevole! Le composizioni più belle si individuano quando la carta resta attaccata per mesi e subisce un processo di osmosi con l’ambiente. Con la pioggia,il sole, lo smog, la carta ha un continuo mutamento, si tira, si rattrappisce. Gli aspetti più inconsueti si scoprono quando l’acqua piovana mescola tutto, lasciando tracce incredibili, e si deve essere pronti a cogliere il momento giusto, perché non è sempre facile…”

 “Negli ultimi quindici anni – continua Alborghetti – ho coordinato diversi progetti sull’uso dei mezzi di comunicazione di massa e sulla lettura dell’immagine, tra cui workshops con allievi e docenti sui messaggi pubblicitari. E’ proprio lì che ho scoperto che la pubblicità ha un valore “post”, cioè anche dopo essere stata un momento di comunicazione. Per la verità, dai manifesti lacerati già dagli anni Cinquanta il pittore Mimmo Rotella prendeva ispirazione. E come lui altri, per esempio il francese Jacques Villeglé. Insomma, non è una novità che il cartellone pubblicitario affascini. Ma io ne ho considerato un altro aspetto: la suggestione dei colori rimasti casualmente quando l’attacchino strappa. Intanto, studiando l’arte contemporanea, ero sedotto dall’astrattismo”.

 In circa sette anni, Alborghetti raccoglie una valanga di foto, conservando trentamila negativi. Arriva la sorpresa: “Iniziando a mostrarle agli amici o durante gli workshops con gli insegnanti, mi sentivo dire che le mie immagini dei manifesti strappati erano belle. Mi hanno spinto a localizzarle, datarle, categorizzarle. Avevo scatti presi in tutto il mondo, dalla Bergamasca a New York e Los Angeles, in tutti i luoghi dove mi porta il mio lavoro di direttore di riviste specialiste nel settore della didattica e dell’educazione e di coordinatore di progetti sull’uso dei media”.

E viene il momento di farsi conoscere. “Ho costruito una quarantina di videoclip con le mie immagini di manifesti strappati tematizzandole per colore – il blu, il rosso, il nero – e conferendo un senso al mio lavoro. Li ho caricati su Internet, in YouTube, MySpace, Facebook… La prima mostra è stata a OrioCenter nel luglio 2010: il direttore del centro commerciale aveva visto le mie fotografie e mi aveva offerto lo spazio, la piazzetta che dà sull’aeroporto di Orio al Serio, per un’esposizione di una trentina di opere sul tema “Aria, acqua, terra e fuoco”. In tre giorni migliaia di persone mi hanno chiesto informazioni, chiarimenti, delucidazioni. In quell’occasione hanno parlato della mia opera i giornali, tra cui L’Eco di Bergamo, e un’agenzia internazionale, la web magazine Un mondo d’italiani

 “Anch’io all’inizio in Italia trovavo molta irrisione, sufficienza. Mi dicevano: “Hai fatto un fotomontaggio”. E poi dovevo sopportare, e ancora oggi, le reazioni della gente quando mi vede fotografare i manifesti strappati. “Lei è matto”, “Io devo passare”. A Milano sono stato anche fermato dalla Volante: stavo fotografando vicino a una caserma di carabinieri, considerata “un obiettivo militare sensibile. “Che cosa sta fotografando?”. “Vi faccio vedere che cosa ho fotografato”. Non credevano. Anche i miei amici mi facevano scherzi, si fingevano galleristi importanti che mi invitavano a delle mostre”. Per la verità anche noi, quando abbiamo vista la prima mail di Roberto Alborghetti, abbiamo pensato a uno scherzo.

Quando ho portato un mio opuscolo in una galleria di Milano, mi hanno guardato come un alieno. Ma all’estero mi hanno fatto capire che il problema non ero io, erano loro. Dobbiamo uscire dalla nostra mente ristretta, ci sta isolando”.

 Inernet regala a Alborghetti una forte visibilità: fin dall’inizio sono migliaia i contatti sul suo sito “LaceR/Azioni” su YouTube e ArtSlant. “Lacerazioni. Ho scelto questo nome perché la mia attività consiste nel leggere le lacerazioni nei manifesti, specchio delle ferite interiori presenti in ognuno di noi”. Di Alborghetti parla The Huffington Post, il prestigioso blog americano per il quale ha scritto anche il presidente Obama. L’articolo è firmato da Srini Pillay, psichiatra di Harvard, ricercatore nel campo del “brain imaging”, autore di bestsellers sulla neuroscienza, di cui in Italia è pubblicato solo un libro, La calma in tasca (editrice Newton Compton).

Pillay resta colpito in particolare dall’opera di Alborghetti dedicata all’11 Settembre, scrivendone un’analisi psicologica: “L’arte è una forma di cura/guarigione i cui effetti possono essere visibili nel cervello. Quando è bella come quella di Roberto Alborghetti, essa ci invita a rivisitare la tragedia del terrorismo, l’orrore della perdita e la bellezza della nostra capacità di recupero attraverso la nostra misteriosa vita”.

La mostra di Londra si deve allo storico dell’arte e gallerista Chris Barlow: “Ha visto in Internet le mie immagini, le ha apprezzate e mi ha invitato ad andare a Londra per tre giorni all’esposizione internazionale “Parallax” con tre opere, quella sull’11 Settembre, “As running fast water” (Come acqua che corre veloce), “I don’t like to stand still” (Non mi piace stare fermo). “Come acqua che corre veloce” è nata a Bergamo, in via XXIV Maggio in un giorno di pioggia e ora c’è chi l’accosta a Monet”.

 “Sono stato contattato da molte persone che avevano visto le mie immagini in Internet – racconta ancora con stupore, ma anche con orgoglio, Alborghetti -: poeti, musicisti, narratori. Tra questi anche Srini Pillay, che sta lavorando a un progetto internazionale sugli stati della coscienza: mi ha mandato una griglia di venti domande su come nascevano le mie opere. Quando ha ricevutole mie risposte, mi ha scritto: “Io sono un columnist di The Huffington Post, ti dedicherò un articolo sull’opera sull’11 Settembre”. Prendendo spunto dal mio racconto sull’origine di quest’immagine, ha iniziato scrivendo: “Roberto Alborghetti stava camminando lungo via Vico a Milano”. Si è vero: ero lì quando ho visto un tabellone elettorale e sono rimasto affascinata dagli strappi lasciati da un attacchino. I colori mi hanno dato subito l’impressione del sangue e del fuoco che scende dall’alto sul grigio del cemento. Quest’anno è il decimo anniversario dell’11 Settembre e ho pensato di dedicare questa immagine alle vittime”.

 Ma non è finita. “Avevo prodotto due anni fa un clip con immagini molto colorate. L’ha visto un musicista americano di hip-hop, Sweet P. Mi scrive: “Io ti do la mia musica, tu fanne un clip”. Ora sta uscendo in America con il suo primo album…” Con la musica c’è un feeling particolare. “Per un complesso americano, Tonic Sol-Fa, che canta a cappella, l’anno scorso ho costruito un video con immagini astratte che mi ricordavano il clima del Natale. Qualche mese fa ho collaborato con un musicista olandese, Jap Jap. E un musicista sperimentale di Brighton, Jonteknik, mi ha mandato una canzone e mi ha scritto: “Combinala con le tue immagini, mi piacciono moltissimo”. Ho collaborato con il progetto musicale americano “Earscapes”, di Joshua Sellers, musicista e poeta dell’Arkansas, che ha realizzato un video di nove minuti con le mie immagini (Linger) e l’ha mandato su YouTube…”

 “Chi mi commenta che solo da un italiano può nascere un’opera come la mia e mi cita il Rinascimento, così come tutta la cultura che abbiamo alle spalle e ci portiamo dentro, mi mette in crisi. Come chi mi accosta a Cy Twombly, a Josef Albers, alla pop art,  e chi dichiara che ho dimostrato che nell’arte nulla si crea e nulla si distrugge. E’ vero: io non sono un pittore, ma parecchi grandi artisti si sono ispirati ai manifesti strappati. Io ne ho la prova. Io non lavoro le immagini, non le altero, come le colgo, le immortalo. La mia opera è una provocazione. Chi vede le mie opere per la prima volta ha l’illusione che siano dei dipinti. Io devo spiegare che non lo sono…

 Le opere di Alborghetti non piacciono soltanto agli artisti. E’ stato chiamato anche da un’azienda, la Bulwark Design di Srs, di Fiorano Modenese, al centro del distretto della ceramica… E poi l’incontro con Bruno Boggia, che fornisce i disegni agli stilisti. Perché il successo di un capo dipende dai designer tessili. Boggia a Como lavora per le più affermate case di moda internazionali. Alborghetti: “Ha prodotto tre sciarpe di seta con le mie immagini, tra cui quella dedicata all’11 Settembre (Alborghetti ha intenzione di donarla a un’associazione di famiglie di caduti nell’attacco, ndr). Tre prototipi, solo per vedere l’effetto che fa il passaggio dalla carta alla seta”. “Ma c’è anche – conclude – un istituto religioso femminile che ha avuto l’idea di prendere una mia immagine come modello per una vetrata sul tema della Passione. Sono gli altri che vedono tutti questi rimandi. Per me è solo un gioco”.

Ma anche una provocazione per i nostri occhi e per la nostra mente.



A SRINI PILLAY thought – from his book “LIFE UNLOCKED” – and two ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’ Lacer/actions artworks. They are all mixed up in a clip, posted at YouTube, BlipTV, Facebook and Linkedin.

Thirtytwo seconds for a relaxing break, inspired by Dr. Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, executive coach, “The Huffington Post” columnist and author (“Life Unlocked”; “La Calma in Tasca” – italian edition –  , “Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of the Great Leaders”, “Tle Science behind The Law of Attraction”).

In the clip you may read this Srini Pillay phrase : “Our choices are beyond our immediate control. To unlock the invisible cage of fear, the uncoscious, we have to first see it.” Soundtrack: “Coquetry” by McKenzie Stubbert.








 If you liked this video, maybe you’ll appreciate also this “healing clip”:








The evocative and deep thoughts expressed by Dr.Srini Pillay about my art in his article at “The Huffington Post”, suggested me to create a videoclip-fragment. So, here it is: thirty seconds of words, music and one of my “lacer/actions” psycho-artworks; I selected “In amniotic fluid” (canvas, 57×87, 2010). The soundtrack is the beautiful Chopin’s “Nocturne n.2” .

It’s a sort of flash of some good thoughts about art and healing from Dr. Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, “Huffpo” columnist and author (“The Life Unlocked”, “The Brain and Business”, “Tle Science behind The Law of Attraction”).

These are the phrases from which I chose the videoclip words”Art is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life.”