City of London 2016

 ANTONIO THEO PINI City of London 2016 They had sailed from Deptford, from Greenwich, from Erith—the adventurers and the settlers; kings’ ships and the ships of men on ’Change; captains, admirals, the dark “interlopers” of the Eastern trade, and the commissioned “generals” of East India fleets. Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out on that stream, bearing the sword, and often the torch, messengers of the might within the land, bearers of a spark from the sacred fire.What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river into the mystery of an unknown earth! . . . The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires. “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad


 ANTONIO THEO PINI  “LA FINE DEL MONDO”   Year 2016   Silvana Editoriale   ISBN 9788836635191   This volume accompanies the group exhibition celebrating the reopening of the Pecci Museum in Prato. The end of the world – a title that evokes a just and provocative ambition – is the absolute uncertainty of a historical time in which ideal-types and categories that we thought had been historicised and definitively introjected show all the signs of the times, and it is also the triumph of the time of the Crisis – but only on condition that we remember that the etymon of the word ‘crisis’ refers to the concept of ‘choice’. Let us choose not to get wrapped up in the idealisation of the past and challenge the present time. Artists: Adel Abdessemed, Jananne Al-Ani, Darren Almond, Giovanna Amoroso & Istvan Zimmermann, Lower Palaeolithic Anonymous, Upper Palaeolithic Anonymous, Aristide Antonas, Riccardo Arena, Kader Attia, Francis Bacon, Babi Badalov, Faycal Baghriche, Francesco Bertelé, Rossella Biscotti, Björk, Umberto Boccioni, Kerstin Brätsch, Cai Guo-Qiang, Julius von Bismarck, & Julian Charrière, Ali Cherri, Analivia Cordeiro, Isabelle Cornaro, Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, Hanne Darboven, Pippo Delbono, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Jimmie Durham, Olafur Eliasson, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Federico Fellini, Lucio Fontana, Carlos Garaicoa, Adalberto Giazotto, Arash Hanaei, Camille Henrot, Thomas Hirschhorn, Joakim, Polina Kanis, Tadeusz Kantor, Tigran Khachatryan, Robert Kuœmirowski, Andrey Kuzkin, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Suzanne Lacy, Ahmed Mater, Boris Mikhailov, NASA, Henrique Oliveira, Lydia Ourahmane, Pyotr Pavlensky, Gianni Pettena, Pablo Picasso, Agnieszka Polska, Pussy Riot / Taisiya Krugovykh, Qiu Zhijie, Józef Robakowski, Batoul S’Himi, Fari Shams, Santiago Sierra, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Luis Urculo, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Ekaterina Vasilyeva & Hanna Zubkova, Andy Warhol, Ingrid Wildi Merino, Andrzej Wróblewski, Alik Yakubovich, David Zink Yi TU35 Young Artists Paolo Ciregia, Arbër Elezi, Roberto Fassone, Irene Lupi, Gabriele Mauro, Mona Mohagheghi, Maria Montesi, Antonio Theo Pini, Namsal Siedlecki, Virginia Zanetti.

Syria “Funeral in Tel Rifaat”

 ANTONIO THEO PINI Syria 2012 Title opera “Funeral in Tel Rifaat”   This is the funeral of seven Syrian civilian brothers, the last of their family to be completely exterminated; the year before, their parents, their seven wives and their fifteen children had all been killed in a different location in Syria because they were displaced, bombed by Bashar Al Assad’s loyalist army inside a house as they ran for cover, about a year later, one day the seven surviving brothers were in northern Syria, in Tel Rifaat, their hometown, and during a normal day of intense aerial bombardment of civilian targets by Bashar Al Assad’s loyalist army, they were hit by a bomb that killed them all.

It’s Probably Me

 ANTONIO THEO PINI It’s Probably Me   An image narrative of the journey of some migrants along the western route of Africa and the Sahel: they leave Mali, cross the Niger, arrive in Libya, and then in Europe.For them, this race towards the mirage of a modern, civilised continent is their only chance to gain emancipation and autonomy from the lives they are trying to leave behind. Antonio Theo Pini, photographer and narrator, traces their journey of hope, capturing it over three different moments. First, desires for fulfilment and integration merge and blur in the desert, in the struggle and loneliness of those fearing not to be welcomed as they would like beyond the horizon.

It’s Probably Me pt.1

 ANTONIO THEO PINI It’s Probably Me part.1   Then the torture and violence endured in Libya: they are given a voice, creating an intimate, up-close, and therefore violent portrait revealing the harshness of what they have experienced.

African Object

 ANTONIO THEO PINI African Object   And finally, a reception centre in Europe. Here, however, it only seems to be the end of history, the end of the civilisation of Western culture. In these sad and bare rooms, the precariousness and sense of alienation of those who, reluctantly, inhabit them can be felt from every corner.The subjects are objects. Their identity is merely a bargaining chip, as in a contract, in the quagmire of this society now permeated by the urge to get rich, founded on appearance and individualism.A disposable society, where every object can be replaced instantly by something else. And, at worst, by someone else.


 ANTONIO THEO PINI Mediterraneo The Mediterranean Sea (briefly called the Mediterranean) is situated between Europe, North Africa and western Asia. It is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean, on which it is dependent and to which it is connected in the west by the Strait of Gibraltar; the Bosporus Strait connects it in the north-east to the Black Sea while the artificial Suez Canal connects it in the south-east to the Red Sea and then to the Indian Ocean. Its approximate surface area is 2.51×106 km² with a maximum development along the parallels of approximately 3700 km, the total length of its coastline is 46000 km, the average depth is around 1500 m, the maximum 5270 m at the Peloponnese coastline, while the average salinity varies between 36.2 and 39%.The population in the states bathed by its waters, known as the Mediterranean basin, amounts to approximately 450 million people.   From up here, the Earth is beautiful, without borders or boundaries. Jurij Alekseevič Gagarin