We are all made up of our memories.
Without memories we do not exist and without the responsibility that comes with them, perhaps we do not
deserve to exist.
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASSACRE OF PIAZZA FONTANA (12 DECEMBER 1969), THE NON DIMENTICARMI COMMITTEE WAS SET UP. COMPOSED OF BOTH LAY PERSONS AND INSTITUTIONS, THE COMMON GOAL IS TO PROMOTE AN ARTISTIC INSTALLATION DEDICATED TO THE VICTIMS OF THAT AND OTHER ITALIAN MASSACRES UP UNTIL 1980. THE PROPOSAL INCLUDES A MONUMENT LOCATED IN MILAN, A LIVE THEATRE PERFORMANCE AND A TABLEAU VIVANT. TOGETHER THE INTENTION OF THESE DIVERSE ARTISTIC MEDIUMS IS TO COMPENSATE FOR A FAILED JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THE OPEN WOUNDS THAT CONTINUE TO IMPACT ON OUR COUNTRY.
The installation in Milan of ‘Non Dimenticarmi’, a work designed by artist Ferruccio Ascari in memory of the victims of the massacres that bloodied Italy from 1969 to 1980, is perceived as a way of coming to terms with a failed justice system and the open wound that continues to impact on our country. This the first step in collectively and publicly taking control of the memories surrounding those events. Consistent with the aim of commissioning the work, to be donated to the city, an information and self-financing campaign was set up. The Committee has taken action to involve the public and has gained the support of the Associations of Relatives of the victims of the massacres of Milan, Brescia and Bologna, the Archdiocese of Milan, ANPI and ACLI. With the Mayor of Milan, who welcomed the project, the Committee opened up a dialogue in order to identify an appropriate place for its permanent location.
As part of this initiative, additional works include a performance and a tableau vivant – works sharing the same meaningful title of, chi è Stato? These being different to the installation, while having the same aim: to highlight the mis-direction of information with regard to the role of State apparatus and secret services, which helped destabilize the country with a ‘strategy of tension’.