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  • Pietro Mele Born in Alghero (I), 1976.Lives and works in Berlin (D) and Ittiri (I).

    last update: july [email protected]

  • Every day, 2011see the video at http://vimeo.com/40554478

  • Every day, 2011see the video at http://vimeo.com/40554478

  • Every day, 2011HD, colour, stereo, 5:13 - see the video at http://vimeo.com/40554478

    For the last 30 years, the everyday life of a shepherd meets the daily activity of one of the biggest NATO air bases in Europe. The video correlates two irreconcilable worlds by a progressive addition of information obtained through minimal events, pauses and slow camera movements. Just a week after the shooting, the air base has been used by the coalition for bombing Libya*.

    * More info on military activity in Sardinia you can find below on the description of Shooting, bombing, testing....

  • THE ISLAND PROJECT

  • The Island Project, 2011 (in progress)Multimedia project

    I am going to start a campaign of fund raising so as to purchase the private Island of Budelli* for giving it to the Sardinian Government. De-spite the island is part of the highly protected La Maddalena Natural Park, currently it belongs to a private owner, who is selling it on the web for 4,500,000 Euros.I will try to involve 100,000 people and ask them to donate 45 Euros each one for reaching the requested sum.The project will be developed through a tour of presentations and talks in public spaces and art institutions/spaces in Europe in order to raise the necessary fund. The final work will consist of a multimedia installation including a documentary film in which will be narrated the story of the project, do-cuments regarding the history of the island (old photos, contracts of former owners and similar archives material), and all type of useful documents for describing the realisation of the project (contracts between me and the banks that will support the project, institutions donations receipt, pics documenting my touring presentations etc).The whole project is an articulated reflection on the role of art thinking at his social concrete utility in one hand and on the value of uto-pia in an art work when dealing with operations linked to social, politics and ethical categories on the other hand.

    * The Island of Budelli is part of the Island of Sardinia (Italy), which is situated in the middle of Mediterranean Sea. The little island is also famous for a sequence of Deserto rosso by Michelangelo Antonioni (1964): www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xyS8UvkzKE.

  • The Island Project, 2011

  • The Island Project, 2011

  • The Island Project, 2011

  • The Island Project, 2011

  • The Island Project, 2011

  • The Island Project, 2011

  • The hole, 2011 Billboard, installation view

  • The hole, 2011 Billboard

  • The hole, 2011 Photographic documentation

  • The hole, 2011Billboard, blue back, 155x206cm

    In the framework of my research on the military activity in Sardinia, I introduced myself illegally to the PISQ (the biggest NATO experimen-tal military range in Europe) and took a pic of a hole on an armored tank. Then I showed it to a former Army Officer who confirmed me that the hole was caused by a 30mm Depleted Uranium (DU) bullet. DU munitions are banned in Italy, but not in other NATO countries like USA, France and Great Britain. Those Armies use normally the PISQ range by paying about 100,000 Euros/hour, so it is understandably a great business for the Italian Government, which obviously keep on secret this grave abuse.This photography is a symbolic image and at the same time the real proof that the genetic defects birth occurred in a suspicious amount of children from the near villages were definitely caused by the military activity.As documentation follows a selection of other pics taken during my visit in the range (now partially impounded and accused of civilians massacre from Italian Judiciary)*.

    * More info on military activity in Sardinia you can find below on the description of Shooting, bombing, testing....

  • ber aller Welt Gewsser, 2011

  • ber aller Welt Gewsser, 20111000 posters distribuited for free, 70x100cm

    Through a stack of posters in free distribution I wanted to communicate to the audience, in a way as direct as possible, the abnormal mili-tary presence in the island of Sardinia.The map appearing on the poster is an original military document which shows visually the dimension of the phenomenon (the island has on its territory roughly 60% of the Italian military property).In order to clarify it is not just a local phenomenon I did insert a German sentence taken from an internal monument inside the Decimo-mannu NATO Airbase.It is a motto from the German Air Force, which stations permanently at Decimomannu NATO Airport. Translation: Over all waters of the world the aviation is the best!*.

    * More info on military activity in Sardinia you can find below on the description of Shooting, bombing, testing....

  • Before the end, after the beginning, 2011 Installation view

  • Before the end, after the beginning, 2011Found pictures, 9x11,5cm each

    The project is based on a series of amateur photographs regarding a bourgeois family of Northern Italy. The selected photographs are from a trip this family made in Sardinia in the mid-70s. They place themselves in a crucial moment in the history of the island: the transition from the elite tourism to the mass tourism.

  • Before the end, after the beginning, 2011 Picture #2

  • Before the end, after the beginning, 2011 Picture #5

  • Near to you, 2011

  • Near to you, 2011Intervention, public art, billboard 300x600cm

    In order to get public what the Italian Government would keep secret, I have affixed a large wall paper in a busy street of Sassari (Sardi-nia, IT). Doing that, the project should work as a sort of information amplifier.The original picture has been taken from a soldier during a big NATO Exercise* which took place in Sardinia. He published it illegally on a military forum, and I downloaded the photo. Military activity is a phenomenon for which Sardinian people pay in the form of genetic diseases, cancer, leukaemia and several other se-rious diseases because of a large use of experimental weapons.Obviously the operation has been an unauthorized action.

    * More info on military activity in Sardinia you can find below on the description of Shooting, bombing, testing....

  • Near to you, 2011

  • Near to you, 2011

  • Near to you, 2011

  • Theoretical wealth, 2009-ongoing

  • Theoretical wealth, 2009-ongoingArchive. Digital-prints, variable dimensions

    The constant presence of wind in Sardinia could be a big economical resource, and the multinational energy companies learned this very quickly. The work is a photographic archive that documents the uncontrolled proliferation of wind farms on the island. This fact has caused huge landscape and environmental damages besides the economic exploitation of the island energy resources to the detriment of the local eco-nomy and for the benefit of big companies of energy. Moreover the presence of Mafia has been discovered in contracts and concessions for the building of the plants.Ultimately the entire amount of the produced energy and related economic gain go to the Peninsula (i.e. Italy), while Sardinia has the higher unemployment rate of the country.

  • Verr la morte e avr il tuo Yacht, 2010Death will come and will have your Yacht

  • Verr la morte e avr il tuo Yacht, 2010Death will come and will have your YachtIntervention, torchs light (documentation through lightbox, 130x195cm)

    On Summer Porto Cervo (North-East Sardinia, IT) becomes the meeting point of the richest people of the world. They come by their Yachtes to show each other and to the whole world how rich and powerful they are.I did go to one of their private pier and wrote this luminous sentence by using a torch. The sentence comes originally from the poem Ver-r la morte e avr i tuoi occhi (in English sounds something like Death will come and will have your eyes) by Cesare Pavese in which the poet images the coming of death. I changed the final word from eyes into Yacht converting the lyric tone of the poem in a dramatic and ironic mood more suitable for describing the real situation behind this colony of riches. The Island of Sardinia is one of the poorest regions of Italy, and most of people who work in Porto Cervo come from the small villages of the Island for working for a wretched wage.

  • Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen, 2010 (in progress)Detail: drawing

  • Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen, 2010 (in progress)35 drawings mounted on single panels, 1 digital print. Drawings 15x20cm, panels 32x45cm, digital print 20x27cm

    On July 12, 2007 Iraqi journalists Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen together with a dozen of civilians were indiscriminate slain by US Apache helicopters in Baghdad. A video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, were released on the web. I reconstructed the event by drawing the fra