Worker on the roof – Installation / Installazione
In order to be listened by someone, Italian workers in distress have been forced to climb on scaffoldings and roofs as an extreme act of denunciation of their condition. The peculiarity of this protest has been the only mean they found to tell their story of everyday resistance. While doing so, these workers have thought about the most effective way to get to the television, because this was necessary to give a real substance to their struggle, which would have never “existed” if no one had watched it. We have all seen the pictures which documented these events, but often these protest haven’t reached the media. Nevertheless, beyond that screen, there is a real world which is constantly ignored for the simple reason that no television network broadcasts these images. If i place a person on a roof to tell his story, it won’t be as “real” as when his image passes through a screen. Television replaces man, as the screen placed over the roof replace the workers who prostest. And then the unpublished amateur videos made by the relations of the workers become “real” in the moment when they are screened on television, because the contemporary perception of reality passes inexorably via the television’s imprimatur. To listen to them, we replace the workers with their television image and we place them on the protest spot they have chosen. The media system allows space to protest provided that it is transformed into a show. Is reality less real than television?