© Pietro Baroni
2007-2016

In 2011 Sky network began the broadcasting of “Gli sgommati”, a satirical program of political issue still on air.
Italian and foreign politicians are represented by masks of foam that, like puppets, play sketch in order to mock reality.
By taking puppets away from the television contest I have been able to work on the iconology of the representation of power and people in charge of using it.
Similar to the emperor of ancient Rome, politicians enter in the gallery of people doing History: the choice to represent them in the classic pose of the half- length portrait (or talking-head, in the television dictionary!) aids in showing the contrast between the importance of their role and the inability in accomplishing it.
The gap between what they tell to be and what they seem makes me reflected on the real role play in the daily life of the Country.

 
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Beppe Grillo, Leader of the Five Star Movement.

 
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Silvio Berlusconi, 50th Prime Minister of Italy.

 
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Matteo Renzi, Secretary of the Democratic Party and Mayor of Florence.

 
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Daniela Santanchè, Movement for Italy.

 
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Angelino Alfano, Secretary of the centre-right party The People of Freedom.

 
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Roberto Maroni, leader of Lega Nord.

 
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Giorgio Napolitano, 11th President of the Italian Republic.

 
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Nichi Vendola, President of Apulia.

 
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Rosy Bindi, President of the Democratic Party.