Travel, hand luggage, boarding, take-off, landing. They are all words so close, so common, yet so far away. In these months, especially lately, we have often stopped to think about the last plane we took, the destination to which it was destined, and then we end up wondering when we will travel again and if it will be like before.
And it is precisely the journey that is at the center of Daniele Sigalot‘s artistic research for his latest work entitled “A PORTRAIT OF EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE” installed at the entrance to Terminal 1 of Milan Airport of MPX.
Travelers will find themselves in front of a series of 12 maps of as many cities engraved on stainless steel and arranged in a circle. Looking at them, one can distinguish the lines of the streets, streets and buildings, but what Daniele wants to focus on is the reflection of the traveler himself.
The reflective surface of the steel will give back to the observer his image which, because of the engravings, will appear jagged and, thanks to the arrangement of the panels, will multiply.
“When someone faces one of the maps, the streets and buildings of that city will literally paint a whole new portrait of that person, reshaping him or her, just like the places where we grow and live, shape who we are.“
The 12 sheets of maps of Barcelona, New York, Buenos Aires, Rome, Cape Town, Berlin, Milan, Moscow, London, Beijing, Sydney and Istanbul each take the name “Portrait of You” and draw attention to the figure of the traveller, the real protagonist.
“A PORTRAIT OF EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE“, which will remain visible until 1 October 2021, was inaugurated on 11 September last, a date that is no accident. In fact, for many months after the attack on the Twin Towers the way of travelling and flying changed drastically and some safety mechanisms adopted twenty years ago are still used today.
At this point, as Daniele Sigalot did, it is natural to ask: what will change in post-pandemic travel?