Le nuvole

Massimiliano Gatti
Le nuvole (Clouds) is a photographic project based on a reflection about the relationship between historical memory and the present, about the actual distribution systems of video contents on Youtube platform. I took images that I shot some years ago in Palmyra, the Syrian archaeological site that was severely damaged during the occupation of the Islamic State Army during the last few years and some ISIS propaganda video frames in which they documente the destruction of archaeological sites. On the one hand, there are classic images of archaeological photography with strong architectural structures of the ancient city of Palmira. On the other hand, there are images that seem to be simple clouds, but, actually, these images represent smoke-columns that rise after the explosion of archaeological sites or monuments. Le nuvole is the title of a comedy of Aristophanes in which the Clouds are ethereal and impalpable divinities that the Greek playwright associates with the lightness of the thought of the new philosophical streams. With the same attitude, I have matched pictures of columns and imposing architectural structures to the lightness of the clouds of dust rising after the destruction of a monument. There is also a reflection on the perception of all images and video we can see during our digital and social era: with our devices we can access, at any time and in any location, videos that ISIS publishes on youtube and on the web. There is a large supply chain of the Islamic state that produces propaganda videos and publishes freely on youtube channels by circumventing the filters and system security blocks. These are my Nuvole, a form of dangerous, violent and nihilistic thought, but easy and free access that denies the history, memory, the past, and the roots of our culture all over.
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