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2014 Programme

Event #36

Marco Belpoliti

Matteo and His Seven Shirts

Matteo Renzi wears white shirts. According to a version proven by reporters, he always has an extra white shirt in his suitcase. Starting from this detail, Marco Belpoliti tries to describe Renzi the man through the clothes he wears. A visual and anthropological study that harks back to his previous works on Berlusconi and Bossi, but also an intervention on the clothes worn by Italian politicians, from Alcide De Gasperi all the way down to Beppe Grillo. And what about the seven shirts? “Sudare sette camicie”, sweating seven shirts, this Italian expression means making a huge effort or undertaking. But the shirt is not just the item of clothing that became the symbol of the middle class and the bourgeoisie in general in the twentieth century; rather, it is the “object” that swaddles the well-born. To be born wearing a shirt, as the Italian saying goes, (meaning, to be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth): to be lucky, according to a popular version, which, in Renzi’s case, accompanies his vocation for carrying out legendary feats, he being a latter-day, contemporary Hercules.


Marco Belpoliti

Marco Belpoliti an essayist and writer, teaches at the University of Bergamo. His works include: Il corpo del capo (2009); Pasolini in salsa piccante (2010); La canottiera di Bossi (2012); L’età dell’estremismo (2014), Primo Levi di fronte e di profilo (2015) published by Guanda. He writes for la Repubblica and l’Espresso; he co-directs the series  «Riga» for Marcos y Marcos with E. Grazioli. With Stefano Chiodi he is coordinator of the online magazine and publishing house Doppiozero. Ahis essay La strategia della farfalla (Guanda) came out in June.

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