On the 8 August of 1944, during the german occupation of Italy, a group of partisans held up a German truck and killed four nazis in the mountains near Asiago in Italy. Immediately the nazis supposed that the partisans were from a little village called Caporovere, so they went there with fascists. They put 19 villagers on the wall of the church to shoot them, but the priest was able to mediate. The Nazi General decided to set fire to the village in exchange of the prisoners life, the first part of the village (from the church to the mountains) had to be burned that day and the second part, (from the church to the valley) the day after. They burned half of the village, 64 houses, but the day after – none knows why- they did not burn the other half.
There are no images or video of the arson, of the fire that burns the village, but there are pictures in the memory of witnesses. My project is a work for the citizens of Camporovere and the community of the mountains around it. To give back to everybody the image of fire and reactivate through a sound installation, the testimony and the dialogue between the two half of the village. Two horn amplifiers are facing each others on the boundary line between saved and burned ones, the staircases of the Church of Camporovere. The burned’s horn, through the voices of the witnesses tells the pictures of the fire, its sounds, all the traces that do not physically exist but that are pictures in the witnesses memory. The saved’s horn instead, tells in a straight way the other reality, “we saw the fire but we lived here, in the other half”. The two amplifier in opposition recreate the space of the village and the audience are invited to stay inside and listen to the image of the fire and question it. The work is divided in two moments, first the sound installation, then the sound piece is broadcasting in the form of a radio drama by a local radio (Radio Asiago); in this way all the people from the mountains is able to listen privately to the image of the arson.