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My father’s pen, which he used for writing in his diary for most of his life. (Photo F. Allegretto)
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Introduction



SELFPORTRAIT

 

Telling my discourse

 
What do I want to talk about? About everything (...) that makes me think.
(From "A Writer’s Diary" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1873)

 
"He had said everything he could say about the theoretical meaning of his poetic output. Now he could return to that which he had always done, the direct and exclusive writing of poetry; and that was all."
(Giuseppe Bevilacqua in the introduction to Paul Celan’s "La verità della poesia")
 
 
 
This part of the site has been constructed like a book that leads the reader into my personal point of view about the work. 
A story; almost like a visit to the studio, which accompanies you on a walk around my space, my world… 

A discourse opens; not just of what I think the work is about, but of everything I believe is a view of my world. 
A meta-discourse (what the artist Adrian Piper defined it as "Meta-Art") that describes mental processes and procedures, but abstains from saying anything about the work (one should let the work speak its own language without overriding it with words).

Narrating to think, to think about a practice, an action. 
It exteriorises the perception I have of myself, and as such is a thing that can change over time. 

It is for this reason that the chapters might grow, or change order, transform, lengthen, shorten and even disappear or be substituted by others. 

The argument remains open. I do not draw conclusions. The interpretation is left to you, the "public". I'm stepping out of the role of creator. Me too I become a spectator.


The book is divided into various chapters, each of which starts with an introduction.
The quotes that opens the chapters, almost every one, are extracted from private diaries taken from my library of diaries.
Together, the words that define the titles and the subititles sum up the meaning of my work. They are all verbs or phrases, which express and action and remark an ongoing process. 
The images chosen to open the chapters are not my works but are rather evocations or suggestions. In some cases I made them and in others I didn’t. However, they always have something directly to do with my life and what I do. 
Finally, you reach my work, the singular works, one by one via the titles of the paragraphs in the index.