There are many artists who say they are inspired by what surrounds them, by what happens around them, but most of the time in their works we find a world far away from ours. The photographic project Realpolitik: La Terza Repubblica by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli, edited by the independent publishing house Cesura Publish, on the other hand, finally gives us back a perceptible reality, which we live with and deal with every day and for this reason not always pleasant. The undisputed protagonist of their work is nothing less than Italian politics and the personalities who represent it.
With Realpolitik, the two photographers have managed and continue to give us the truest portrait of the Governo Conte, from the time it took its first steps to the present day, following all the phases.
The first chapter of this journey is called Boys, Boys Boys, a volume that collects the portraits of politicians competing during the last elections and published exactly on March 4, 2018, the day in which Italian citizens were called to give their vote. This volume is famous for the shot of Matteo Salvini, which appeared on the cover of Time on 24 September.
A few months later, exactly on June 2, while the second edition of Boys, Boys, Boys is printed in black and white, Luca and Marco are in Rome to capture the highlights of the celebrations for the anniversary of the birth of the Republic, but also to capture the demonstration of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S), initially born to protest against the decision of President Mattarella not to support the new government and, then, turned into a huge celebration for vote of confidence was obtained.
All the photographic material collected thus formed the third volume Popolopopolo.
The two photographers are not tired of these public events that, in a period that has seen the mass moving away from politics, see the people take to the streets and actively participate in rallies and party parties and then, in July 2018 go to Pontida. All the photographic material is collected in the volume entitled Lega Nord Party.
Now, we are not here to do politics and/or polemics, we do not want to analyze the work of the current government and we do not want to take any position, but we can say one thing: perhaps because of, or thanks to, personalities like Salvini, the boom of social networks, the spectacularization of politics, the overlapping of figures like the politician and the VIP, it seems that this government more than others has given the country something to talk about (for better or for worse) and has given Luca and Marco further material to collect in the fifth chapter of Realpolitik, MoVimento Lento.
The project supported by Cesura Publish is an experiment, but also a satirical analysis of what is around us, of what, willingly or unwillingly, affects the lives of each of us.