Performed on the All Soul’s Day, Isola dei conigli, Porto Cesareo, Italy, November 2, 2013.
A video by Matteo Greco (2014) based on “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)” by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce.
Performers: Oh Petroleum, Rachele Andrioli, Ninfa Giannuzzi; drawings: Francesco Lauretta; general management: Maya Kagawa Kemanai; sound: Stefano Manca; 2nd camera: Andrea Pati; with the support of Marsèlleria.
“The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)” is an annual event produced by the Italian artists Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti and Luigi Presicce. They have proposed turning the traditional November 2nd celebration, the “Day of the Dead,” into a new holiday.
Lu Cafausu is a mysterious small building, an architectural remnant that the artists have elected as a source of metaphors and narratives. It is "an imaginary place that really exists," around which the presence of death floats. Any day now, in fact, the small building might be demolished to accommodate more parking space for cars, or might also fall apart due to its old, fragile architecture. It could also be turned into a frozen, dead monument. Because of this feeling of the presence of death, Lu Cafausu is an ideal place for a new celebration. "La Festa dei Vivi" is for those who, in order to give meaning to life, reflect upon death; their own, "first and foremost."