Lenti. Così dicono, receipts from lived lives (Slow. So they say, receipts from lived lives) stands as a poignant reflection on the intricate interplay of time, culture, and stereotypes in Italy. In a world often hasty to judge, Lorenzo invites us to embark on a journey that challenges our preconceived notions. By collecting and documenting the daily schedules of individuals from different backgrounds and lifestyles in Italy, Lorenzo creates a digital archive that challenges the cliché of Italian “laziness”. The aim is to show that behind the apparent idleness often hides a complex reality, underlining the importance of not judging superficially. In a world where misconceptions can deeply influence our opinions, Lorenzo’s work invites us to look beyond appearances and reflect on the challenges and hidden realities that many people face in their daily lives. This project transforms the image of the lazy Italian and encourages us to consider ‘Dolce far niente’ (Sweet idleness) in a different light, as a valuable moment of pause and reflection in today’s hectic society.
“Cultural differences in time management: In Italy, culture may be more oriented toward pleasure and relaxation, and the concept of ‘dolce far niente’ is often emphasised. This can lead to a more relaxed approach to daily life, which may be interpreted as ‘slowness’ by cultures that are more oriented towards work and productivity.” – Lorenzo Iannantuoni
Lorenzo’s practice represents an important reflection on the transformative power of design and art in the context of public and private spaces. This dialogue is not only a form of communication, but also an instrument of social transformation that is established through interactive installations and material interventions, employing recycled materials and artisanal processes. Lorenzo conceives his ‘Design Interventions’ by translating complex concepts into analogue interactive elements and processes, creating installations that generate a context for discussion.
Lorenzo Iannantuoni (Milan, *1999) graduated in Design at the ISIA in Florence and attended a period at the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar. He is currently attending a master’s degree in Space and Design Strategies at the Kunstuniversität in Linz (AT). Lorenzo works as a freelance Installation Designer and researches as a design journalist for Isola Design Magazine (IT). The latest showcases of his work in Austria were exhibited in Ent, Kunst- und Kulturwerkstatt (Stadt Haag), OO Kunstverein (Linz) and Contemporary Matters (Vienna).