||Ingrid Simon [italiano]
The thirteen photographs of PRESENT CONTINUOUS were made at one of
the most eastern boarders of Europe, the one with the shortest distance
to the Albanian coast. For thousands of years the "gateway to
the orient", these shores represent nowadays the - forbidden
- passage to the western world for illegal immigrants of numerous
nationalities. The pictures talk about real circumstances of their
arrival which often has to be done by swimming because the rubber
dinghy is in a hurry to get back. Who has been able to save dry clothes
or shoes gets himself changed, leaving behind relics of his flight
that I photographed exactly as I found them.
The grammar exercises beside the pictures are taken from an English
language book. Learning a foreign language, that kind of exercises
make you talk about your identity, your conditions of life, your family,
your house, your interests and your work, using standard dialogues
and ideal situations that are often illustrated by appropriate photographs.
PRESENT CONTINUOUS makes use of this strategy to create a concrete
context which is that of someone who literally left his past behind,
someone who will have to learn a new language together with new ideas
of life that derive from a society which probably is very different
from his native one. What might be the meaning of words like "always",
"never" or "usually" to him? What might he feel
describing his house or the members of his family, or else learning
how to say in English, Italian or German sentences like "Can
I see your passport, please?" and answering, as he is expected
to, with a polite "Yes, of course, here you are."?
PRESENT CONTINUOUS is the English term for a particular kind of present
tense. In literal terms it names a kind of paradox - an enduring moment,
a present that continues, and in this sense it represents the reality
of illegal immigrants.
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