THE LACK. On Goliarda Sapienza Imagery
I met the work of Goliarda Sapienza during a trip to Sicily.
Born in 1924 in Catania, she is now recognized as one of the most important Italian authors, yet she was during her life forgotten and opposed by the literary and political environment of the time. At the time of her death, in 1996, not even a page of her work was in bookstores.
Two years later, her husband Angelo Pellegrino, decides to publish “The art of joy” (600 pages) at his expense, but few noticed it. In 2005, the book is published in France, acclaimed as one of the masterpieces of the twentieth century, and in 2008 Einaudi publishes her work in Italy. Despite this success, Goliarda Sapienza remains, in my opinion, visually underestimated.
This project aims to give a representation of the imagery and mental universe of Goliarda Sapienza, looking for images that could talk about her identity, clarify her position and the visual force of her writing.
In the development of the project The Lack, I decided to travel in search of her absence, by going precisely to the places where she lived or the places of which she speaks, looking for the invisible traces of her passage.
I met Angelo Pellegrino, husband of Goliarda Sapienza, we made together a map of her places and he helped me to understand a life in which biography and fiction often overlap and mingle.
© Francesca Todde / Neutral Grey