"I do not describe men by thir social identity but following their humanity"
Emilio Isgrò is artist, poet and writer well known for the artistic language of "cancellatura". In 1964 he realized his first erasures on Encyclopaedias and books, giving his contribution to the birth and growth of Poesia Visiva and Conceptual Art, of which he is one of the founder, effectively describing it like this: “I erase words to protect them, it is a safety gesture”.
Since the end of the 60s, for almost a decade, he created a series of works titled “Storie rosse” (Red stories). They are a visive immersion into colour, the red of revolution, made by passion and blood, inside a fascination whose tone lies within the sentences on the side.
The heroes of the popular fights disappear, meaning they have been “erased”, leaving behind only a label that describes their achievements, a sentence which gives an historical reference.
Therefore, Che Guevara falls and the same does Trotskij, Fidel Castro climbs, Rosa Luxemburg strolls, Mao Tse Tung sleeps. It is impossible to separate the entire work of Isgrò from the history of art and from his social and ideological background, as they are themes inextricably connected with each other.
During the conversation, it will be discussed the work of art by Emilio Isgrò:
IN QUALE DEI DUE RETTANGOLI CADE ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA VESTITO DI ROSSO?