Two Hours Ago I Fell in Love is a celebration of love and a challenge to the dark past of fascist Italy. This festival, conceived by founders and curators Sveva, Alice & Ilaria and supported by a diverse and talented team of artists and researchers, transformed last year the former Colonia Novarese in Rimini, a symbol of fascist education and social constriction, into a vibrant and provocative stage. The goal is clear: to re-signify this place by reappropriating this physical and symbolic space to dismantle the legacies of fascism, which still permeate today’s Italian society. The Colonia Novarese is an imposing building, a relic of the past that challenges anyone who encounters it, but Two Hours Ago I Fell in Love is not a simple attempt to preserve it. Indeed, it is a creative and conceptual occupation, a rebellion against abandonment and betrayal. Artists move through these structures with a sense of discovery, exploring the connections between physical space and historical memory. The temporary nature of the festival, which last year ran for only one weekend, underscores the idea of liberation and resistance, inviting the audience to actively participate in the creation of meaning.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Two Hours Ago I Fell in Love is its attack on gender norms and the fascist ideology of love: taking inspiration from thinkers such as Audre Lorde, the project promotes the idea that eroticism is a source of profound knowledge of self and others. The artists therefore sought to deconstruct “fascist love,” which promoted physical supremacy, heteronormative love and the masculinization of eroticism, through performance, debate and collective practice. Two Hours Ago I Fell in Love invites audiences to explore pleasure as a form of activism, a direct challenge to the restrictions imposed by Italy’s patriarchal culture, and an invitation to imagine a future of sexual freedom and gender identity, to imagine a better future together.
A cura di Sveva Crisafulli, Alice Minervini, Ilaria Leonetti, Hawazin Alotaibi, Oluwatobi Monica Benzing, Monika Błaszczak, Francesca Bonfim Bandeira, Francesco Bonizzoni, Bucci, Benedetta Cicognani, Doina Cressevich, Giulia Currà, Andrea De Liberato, Chiara De Marchis Garofalo, Angel Dust, Alessandra Ferrini, Riccardo Gialloreto,Livia Giani, Giacomo Giannantonio,Ricardo Guimarães, Federico Godino, Victoria Hermann, Iuna Niva, Giovanni Lenzi, Damiano Malandrino, Laura Marija Balčiūnaitė, Attila Manfredi, Jermay Michael Gabriel, Viola Morini, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin, Brando Prizzon, Skins, Sofia Talanti, Arabella Turner, Svenja Viola Bungarten, Gilda Von Rumelin, Ronni Winkler.
Two Hours Ago I Fell in Love is a collective founded by Sveva Crisafulli, Alice Minervini and Ilaria Leonetti. The first project took place in the former Colonia Novarese (Rimini, 2022) as a three days festival to deconstruct fascist imaginaries of sex, love and gender identity. In opposition to totalitarian propaganda, the festival held a space for exchanges and sharing practices that centre sensual, sensible and unstable knowledges. The collective is now working on a self-published zine to continue the conversations around erotic power, unpack broader phenomena as they extend beyond Italian borders to totalitarian regimes internationally.