Napoli-specific Performance, curated by Adriana Rispoli for Wine&theCity/nine edition, Municipio Station, Underground Line n.1, Naples, Italy
I targeted only men who chose the escalators to get to the subway platform. I caught them by surprise, from behind, putting my headphones on them, with the song Reality playing loudly, related to the French movie from the 80’s La Boum. I insisted with them, as much as I could, to keep the headphones on, touching, hugging, kissing, clearly harassing them albeit very sweetly. At the end of the two escalators, I handed a letter to them and turned my back, without giving any explanation.
This project is a reflection on the concept of harassment.
Growing up in Rome made me used to the vulgarity of a male approach that is carried out mostly by insults, getting mocked in front of everyone so that the “compliment” becomes an abuse, perpetrated with the aim to humiliate and, certainly, not to seduce. In Naples, instead, still exists the practice of courting; men present themselves telling fanciful stories that suppose to motivate the interruption of my legitimate personal privacy. The displayed narrative becomes an embrace, a warm attempt to take me home or maybe just hang around, sharing that time which is still not recognized as ‘mine’ because I am walking alone.
In the cold, unreal environment of this newly built underground station, I wanted to bring a bit of reality into the game of relationships between genders by producing an intense, romantic situation, totally absurd, unexpected and not avoidable. I narcissistically chose to impose it like many of those male approaches that women are forced to endure outside of their homes. The given letter was then helping every involuntary participant to get the conceptual meaning I implied in the action, focusing on the reversal role I managed to put in place by manipulating their reactions.
Fografie: Amedeo Benestante, Giancarlo De Luca, Emilia Vitulano
Logistica: Adriana Rispoli, Giustina Purpo, Lorenzo Xiques