Is an identity card enough to say you exist? Surely it is useful as a citizen, to feel part of a community that must collaborate, that identifies in a name and a face a set of rights to be protected.
Alberto Allegretti, in his work Documento Non Valido (Invalid Document), poses a critical question, slipping into the habit of considering ourselves a community of individuals, preferring to emerge as single individuals with non-negotiable ambitions. To do this, Allegretti created a paper work on which 33 passport photos were glued, portraying the subjects from behind, therefore useless and not usable to define their own identity. It is not anonymity that represented by the artist, but the impossibility of showing oneself as an individual and defining oneself as such thanks to a document, which becomes a metaphor for existence.
Documento Non Valido is printed on white photographic paper, with a neutral and interactive vision of the project. Through an open call launched via social networks, in fact, all viewers can take their own passport photo (strictly from behind), joining the social criticism launched by Alberto Allegretti. The work will take an increasingly complete form, the portraits will create a community of individuals collaborating because united by the same intent.
The artist’s goal is to make the work itinerant, interacting with viewers from different areas, in contexts where art is at the service of a social message such as exhibitions, fairs and installations.