In this book, the author takes up the discourse previously developed in Scene (published by Mack Books), explores the theatricality of everyday life and the ambiguity between reality and fiction, with a particular focus on the Covid-19 epidemic.The resulting book is no longer just about photography, but an open paragraph about COVID.“Theatricality must restore and cross from side to side, the existence and the flesh.” Antonin Artaud
In February 2020, Alex Majoli was in Reggio Emilia, where he was working with the Fondazione I Teatri.His intention was to add a new chapter to his project Scene, a long piece of research with images about the theatricality of everyday life. While he was finding ways to dig even further into the subject, the pandemic began to enter his pictures, his subjects gradually turning into masked figures, the six o’clock TV news with the growing death toll on national television; the epidemic, a distant threat at first, was now approaching Reggio Emilia.
On March 8th, everything came to a stand-still, the theatre closed, so Majoli and his assistant left for a trip that would take them from the deep south to the northern mountains of Italy to document a contemporary tragedy. After more than a year on hold, and despite the continuing health crisis, he decided to resume work together with I Teatri. The resulting book is no longer just about photography, but an open paragraph about COVID.
Alex Majoli : Opera Aperta
Published by Cesura Publish
30×40 cm / 12×16 in
128 pages, 76 photos
First edition, Signed