29. Noticing Death

Edition of 20 copies
14.1″x10″
1993

This edition is packaged in a heavy paper envelope with a black line printed across the upper left corner, like the announcements handed out to friends and relatives when someone dies. Inside such an envelope is a card containing a photograph on the left and a short text or poem on the right. The envelope here, however, contains seven Polaroid transfer prints and one photo paired with eight letterpressed cards with printed phrases that refer to each image. The cards, or broadsides, resemble the death notices commonly plastered throughout the towns of Southern Italy and small towns even in the north, with black cornices or decorative borders, and bold sans-serif typefaces.


TEXT

SOFTPORN
POPCORNWE BUY
ANIMALS CRYCIRCUS CLOWN
WE DROWN

ANIMALS REAR
WE DISAPPEAR

ooo

These images were photographed on the streets of Calabria, in Southern Italy, on the Ionic Coast. In this region, the rituals surrounding death are elaborate and fairly uniform. Death notices, however, have no designated area for display. Visibility is the main concern, in order to inform as many people as possible of the death or its anniversary. This means the notices are collaged over and beside circus, advertising, film and shark-show posters, or even on dumpsters. For the residents, it is merely information – the location is of no importance. Taken out of context, these images surprise them, but in daily life, the irony passes unnoticed.

The seven transfer prints, originally in the form of slides, were printed with an instant slide printer and transferred onto damp etching paper with a roller. The text and friezes were printed by Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy on archival paper produced by Cartiere Fedrigoni. The photographs were taken over a four year period by Angela Lorenz and Gianni Figliomeni.

Bologna, Italy 1993

6856CF80-0326-43C3-918E-08C728793B5D

8571FCBC-3104-4E90-8FA4-7436C1ABF33A

D8E2EFCF-1BBF-4C49-8E4E-4B6AE30F9E6D

DA4ED2DC-8B09-4863-AF49-FA44D9B03772

2640DD3A-67AE-46DB-B2B0-10940332F1CE

7670E581-ED34-4D06-AC3B-96B538F175BE

94039431-B5DB-47B7-8766-4B65635DC749

40880B36-322C-4255-8A6B-2C07FC23173E

7FCEA316-6A02-4983-8FA5-E0BF89772C99