S.H.T.F. the prologue LE SAUVAGE (2019)
45 minutes performance
The myth of the frontier is still present in the narratives of white masculinity in crisis. According to this myth, the hero must leave civilization behind and, in doing so, encounter the primitive in two important senses—internally and externally. The land beyond civilization comes to represent both moral temptation and physical danger, and in winning both of these battles, through self-control and violence, the hero can return to civilization spiritually restored. The piece is a parody of that myth and works on the ambivalence of the main character. On one hand, the fear to be emasculated and the consequent reaction that aims to validate the power position. On the other hand signs of fragility, awkwardness and inadequacy. The performance is a sequence of actions and interactions, folk and pop songs, choreographies and small lectures that accompany the audience in the paradoxical territories of masculinity in crisis.
S.H.T.F. le Sauvage is the prologue of S.H.T.F. ( the first chapter), an installation performance about apocalyptic manhood.
Nicola Genovese (Venice IT)
He lives and works in Zurich. He got his Master in Fine Arts at ZHdK in 2017 and in 2019 he has started a practice-based PhD in visual art at Wits University (Johannesburg SA). He works mainly with installation and performance. His research is focused on the topic of masculinities and more precisely on the narratives of masculinity in crisis.