Il Gancio

Le opere di Valentina Bonizzi riguardano la transizione identitaria, storica e sociale legate a fenomeni migratori.

Il Gancio e’ un film di Valentina Bonizzi (Italia, 1982) (2011) 9 minuti, commissionato da Cultural Documents che riflette sulla funzione della lingua, gli oggetti e i luoghi per esplorare le identità di adolescenti di oggi che condividono antenati tra Glasgow, Parigi e l’Italia rurale.  Con la partecipazione di: Michele Cocozza, Alessia Marini, Claudio Marini, Jessica Verrecchia, Lisa Verrecchia and Nicola Verrecchia.  Canzune d’Altre Tiempe, (1926) di Eugenio Cirese  (b.Fossalto 1884, d. Rieti 1953).  Eugenio Cirese era un poeta, un attivista politico oltre che promotore ed organizzatore di scuole primarie e secondarie. Cortesia Editore Cosmo Iannone, Isernia.

I’ parte pe na terra assai luntana,
l’amore m’accumpagna e me fa lume.
A notte passe e beve a la funtana,
me ferme a la pagliara ‘n faccia a sciume.
Ma l’acqua de la fonte è n’acqua amara,
repose chiù nen trove a la pagliara.

Nen tenghe chiù pariente né cumpagne,
nen tenghe chiù na casa pe reciétte;
perciò mo vaglie spiérte, e nen me lagne,
ca tu me rieste, amore benedette!
Te sola m’à lassata ru destine,
lampa che scalle e nzegne ru camine.

La via è longa e sacce addò me porta:
me porta a nu castielle affatturate
dó campene la gente senza sorta,
dó scorde ru dolore appena ntrate.

Tu famme core a core cumpagnia,
nen fa stutà la lampa pe la via.

 

Il Gancio, meaning ‘the hook’, is a nine-minute film and series of photographic works by Valentina Bonizzi which question the connectedness of teenagers currently living in different countries, who’s grandparents migrated from the same community, and their relationship with their shared ancestry.

Filmed in Paris, Glasgow and Filignano, a rural village in Molise, Italy, the six teenagers read a poem written in the dialect of Molise in 1926 by Eugenio Cirese ‘Canzune d’Atre Tiempe’; it is a language they belong to and do not understand, yet attempt to relate to.

The poem is ‘Canzune d’Altre Tiempe (Song from Time Past)’ written by Eugenio Cirese in 1926, published in ‘Poesie Molisane’ (1956). Cirese was a poet, a political activist and a promoter and organizer of primary and secondary schools education.

‘Il Gancio’ features Michele Cocozza, Alessia Marini, Claudio Marini, Jessica Verrecchia, Lisa Verrecchia and Nicola Verrecchia with cinematography by Seamus McGarvey and editing by Emile Shemilt and Valentina Bonizzi.

Commissioned by Cultural Documents, ‘Il Gancio’ was inaugurated in exhibitions at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and at the exhibition Second Sight at Stills in Edinburgh in 2013.

‘Il Gancio’ was funded by: Cultural Documents, Ing. Antonio Buono and Arts and Business Scotland New Arts Sponsorship Grants, with production supported by The Visual Effects Research Lab, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Scotland

The works of Eugenio Cirese are provided courtesy of Cosmo Iannone Editore, Isernia.

To see a preview of the film ‘Il Gancio’, please email projects@dmackenna.com.

Related articles
The Times, 17 July 2013
Scotsman, 02 May 2013.

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Valentina Bonizzi ‘Il Gancio’ Series of three photographs in an edition of 1 2012 48 x 36cm Collezione Angela e Tonino Buono © Cultural Documents

Valentina Bonizzi ‘Il Gancio’ Series of three photographs in an edition of 1 2012 48 x 36cm Collezione Angela e Tonino Buono © Cultural Documents

installation of 'Il Gancio’ at the exhibition  'Migration Stories: Valentina Bonizzi’ Feb – Oct 2013 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh © courtesy Valentina Bonizzi

installation of 'Il Gancio’ at the exhibition 'Migration Stories: Valentina Bonizzi’ Feb – Oct 2013 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh © courtesy Valentina Bonizzi

installation of works by Robert Capa (left) and Valentina Bonizi (right) at the exhibition ’Second Sight’ April - July 2013 Stills, Edinburgh © courtesy Valentina Bonizzi

installation of works by Robert Capa (left) and Valentina Bonizi (right) at the exhibition ’Second Sight’ April - July 2013 Stills, Edinburgh © courtesy Valentina Bonizzi

Valentina Bonizzi ‘Il Gancio’ Series of three photographs in an edition of 1 2012 48 x 36cm Collezione Angela e Tonino Buono © Cultural Documents

Valentina Bonizzi ‘Il Gancio’ Series of three photographs in an edition of 1 2012 48 x 36cm Collezione Angela e Tonino Buono © Cultural Documents

Valentina Bonizzi ‘Il Gancio’ Series of three photographs in an edition of 1 2012 48 x 36cm Collezione Angela e Tonino Buono © Cultural Documents

Valentina Bonizzi ‘Il Gancio’ Series of three photographs in an edition of 1 2012 48 x 36cm Collezione Angela e Tonino Buono © Cultural Documents