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Le Due Forze di Taranto
with voice (Stefano Sibilla)
3 double-sided photo plates, 2 loud-speakers. Public space.

audio-loop: 8:40


"Le Due Forze di Taranto" has three parts, working with the conflicts of this city in South-Italy in a site-specific installation on two levels. 
The city is trapped between two forces – the steel and petrochemical industry in the northwest and the navy in the southeast (NATO military port) - and both they are polluting the air, the ground and the sea since decades, and they are restricting the live of the people in a physical way by walls and forbidden areas. Since some years the residents of the city are protesting, independently from parties and unions, but also trapped by Taranto's big dilemma: to protest against the main employers of the city.

The installation brings the political forces together in a condensed, aesthetic situation at a underpassing in the center of the city. At Ponte Girevole – the connection between the new town and the old town, between the inland sea Mar Piccolo and the outer Mare Grande – two double-sided photo plates were installed over the stairways. They represent the two ruling powers, standing vis-à-vis, visible on the street level, but standing with their back to the city. On the second side of these plates there are shown two distinctive parts of the walls which cut through the city, one by the wide area of the 'Marina Militare', one by the huge steel plant 'ILVA'.

On the low level in the underpassing a third force gets a voice, represented by a member of the independent organisation "Commitato". In opposition to the representatives on top his face ist visible and also his voice is audible – of cause hidden in the underground (and with an extra title: "Una Terza Forza di Taranto" – "A Third Power of Taranto"). Out of an interview with him on his personal live as native Tarantino, as a worker in the steel plant and as a political activist a speech collage was made, broken by the disruption between work and health, between environmentalism and breadwinning, interrupted by field recording sounds of special locations in the town, ILVA and the navy. The second side of this photo plate shows one of the bricked up entrances of houses in the old city – a third type of walls, which dominate the city, at least the old town close to the steel plant. Many people there left their houses in the last decades and walled the doors and windows.

Thus, 3 persons and 3 walls give an immersive glimpse of Taranto's situation – a direct confrontation at a busy and exposed place, which gives the conflicts of the town a high profile and keeps alive the voice of resistance, of change.

In the sound field
Errant Sound, Berlin
July 2017