Tarantismo: Odyssey of an Italian Ritual

23 January 2020 @ 19:00 – 21:00
via Medardo Rosso
Giulia Zorzi
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photo by Chiara Samugheo

FLEE, Tarantismo: Odyssey of an Italian Ritual
Talk by Alan Marzo and Olivier Duport, co-founders of FLEE and editors of the project
Talk, projection and audio session

Mixing contemporary art and anthropology, popular music and vanguard electronic sounds, «Tarantismo: Odissey of an Italian Ritual» tells the story of a centuries-old choreo-musical ritual from Southern Italy, mobilizing frenetic rhythms and maniac dances, to exorcise women of a mysterious evil caused by the bite of a spider. Trans-disciplinary, this effort of documentation and artistic re-interpretation of one Europe’s most mysterious trance phenomenon is comprised of a LP vinyl compilation and a hardcover Italian/English book.

While the LP captures original field recordings of musicians-exorcists registered by Diego Carpitella, Ernesto de Martino and Alan Lomax in the late 1950’s as well as six unique reworks by contemporary vanguard electronic musicians: Bjorn Torske & Trym Søvdsnes (NO), LNS (CA), UFFE (DK), KMRU (KE), Bottin (IT), and Don’t DJ (DE), the hard cover book focuses on various dimensions of the ritual. Indeed, including the work of witnesses, experts or actors of the history of this music exorcism, the book contains the contributions and exclusive work of photographers Chiara Samugheo and Mattia Zoppellaro, movie director Edoardo Winspeare, conceptual artist Pamela Diamante, as well as intellectuals and scholars like Claudia Attimonelli, Luigi Chiriatti, Salvatore Bevilacqua and Gino Di Mitri.

Through art commissions, re-interpreted audio-archives and photography, «Tarantismo: Odyssey of an Italian Ritual» seeks to understand what is left from an archaic trance ritual in nowadays’ society. Likewise, it questions the role and legitimacy of contemporary practices aimed at using popular heritage as a creative artistic fabric, a sensitive subject which will also be discussed with the project’s curators in the framework of the presentation.

FLEE, Tarantismo: Odyssey of an Italian Ritual
Book and LP, 2019
B/W and color photographs
Text: english and italian

cost: 55€ book + LP
vinyl 32€
book 32€
buy it here


FLEE is a cultural engineering platform dedicated to the documentation and enhancement of hybrid cultures. Functioning as a record label, publishing house and exhibition organizer, it was founded by Alan Marzo, Olivier Duport and Carl Åhnebrink. For each issue, FLEE will release a vinyl record along with a printed magazine helping its audience to fully grasp the essence of the movements highlighted.


photo by Chiara Samugheo