In Quarta Persona (In Fourth Person) is an extraordinary exploration characterized by deep narrative and conceptual complexity, casting a critical eye on the Italian history of the last fifty years. This project is based on the philosophical concept of the fourth person singular and “free indirect discourse,” an idea introduced by Gilles Deleuze, in which the narrator becomes almost invisible, producing a form of linguistic transcendence, a paradox whose meaning is manifested precisely in conceptual uncertainty.
The visual exploration conducted by Martin and Filippo is permeated with dispersion, conflict and research, offering a cross-over look at the accumulation of images and narratives over time. The focal geographic region of this research is Calabria, a land that during the 1960s was at the centre of the so-called “economic miracle.” Here, Italian cultural and political forces initiated a radical transformation of territories and traditions in the name of progress, accompanied by the introduction of new infrastructure: cars, roads and industries. Industrialization ushered in a new anthropic landscape, imposing its aesthetic codes and, above all, a new power. The project questions the fate of ordinary people in the face of this transformation, which, in Calabria and other southern Italian regions, has often presented only two options: to be oppressed or corrupted. The project In Quarta Persona highlights the social, political and economic consequences of this industrialization, while also highlighting the new forms of power and corruption that have resulted.
“[…] Much of the Italian political history of the last fifty years is undoubtedly shrouded in mystery. Even today some stories and incidents, national or private, large or small, remain untold, suppressed or, in the worst cases, censored: from North to South, a country in the name of oblivion. Memory (in the sense of exercised remembering), on the other hand, is a powerful tool with which people can recover what has been lost or stolen.” – Martin Errichiello & Fillippo Menichetti
In Fourth Person represents a bold attempt to give voice to an often overlooked and little-known reality. This work offers an elusive narrative that captures the complexity of history and society, by using different visual and expressive techniques. In addition, Martin and Filippo’s project constitutes a critical and reflective analysis of the social, cultural, and economic dynamics that have characterised Southern Italy between 1964 and 2018, shedding light on a profound reflection on identity and cultural change underway.
Martin Errichiello (Naples, *1987) is an artist, photographer and filmmaker whose work has been published, showcased and awarded in numerous institutions, festivals and galleries in Europe and around the world, in solo and group exhibitions. He has collaborated with major agencies such as the BBC, SKY, TIME Inc among others, and worked with renowned artists and film producers. His most recent exhibitions include a solo show at CC Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2023 and an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute in Melbourne (AU) in 2021.
Filippo Menichetti (Florence, *1986) after a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at La Sapienza in Rome in 2009, he earned a master’s degree in photojournalism and reportage at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia. In 2012 he co-founded the collective PanAut, and completed a Master at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Since 2012, he has been the official photographer of the France Odeon festival. His career has been awarded worldwide, including FOAM Talent 2017 and exhibitions in cities such as Paris, London, New York and Frankfurt. He now lives and works in Barcelona.