poem by Gabriele Tinti
reading by Franco Nero
shot & edited by Luca Cerri&Simone Barosi
The Boxer is a poem that Gabriele Tinti composed specially as a tribute to the important work of art of the same name at the Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Massimo. It was read by the actor Franco Nero at a reading held on 13 April 2014 in the museum. In the sculpture - representing a boxer - the artist (the work has no certain attribution) captures a moment (Kairós) when something special is happening. The boxer is seated, profoundly marked by deep cuts and copious bleeding all over the right side of his body (portrayed by damascening with red copper), in the act of turning his head. But we do not know what his gesture means. Has he perhaps just heard the referee’s decision? Another call to fight? Or is it a look at the excited crowd?
In the short poem Gabriele Tinti speaks about that moment - imagined as the break between the end of one bout and the call to the next - from the boxer’s point of view. Expressing the dramatic unfolding of the fighter’s thinking - in simple, real language, like a stream of consciousness - Tinti sings of all the fragility, solitude and weight of a dramatic life.