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work, but before I used to “kill it” with irony. The joy, the satire that was there before is gone here, although this is an extremely happy time in my life… And even the irony, what interests me is that it makes you think: even behind the apparent simplicity and brutality of the execution, there’s always the idea of our society as a mise-en-scène. The message is still the same, but this time it doesn’t make you laugh.

America is also a great source of inspiration: everything around us, for better or for worse, is in a sense the anticipation of what will come. Sure, on a cultural level, I’m particularly influenced by European culture, but I’ve been in America for 10 years and I was trained artistically in the US. In Douche Bag City, as well, I understand that my European roots are almost gone: the subject, the main character aren’t a European legacy any more, as they were before.

Monica Ponzini: You were born and raised in Italy, but you’ve been living in the US for 10 years. How are your European roots (the critic Blanca De La Torre, for example, talks about contact points with Pirandello) and the American experience present in your works?

In a way, right now I’m reading European authors – Pirandello, or the German sociologist Georg Simmel, but I realize that I’m fascinated by the American culture, and in my present work there’s very little European culture. What I’m interested in about Europe are the traditions, the past, the classics, but I think that Europe is attached to the past, while here in America it’s easier to make drastic changes. And my interlocutors at this point are here.

Federico Solmi: I’m convinced in a sense that for me America has been the “promised land”: all these things never would have happened in Italy or Europe, this is the center of contemporaneity.

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DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

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