On the 13th of June, a screening of some of Marco Castelli’s work took place
The pictures he screened were displaying birds flying in flocks. Marco photographed them in the sky of Firenze and put the results in negative. He also increased the contrast, rendering them in a strong black and white. Then, he gathered them in a video, using Kai Engel’s music Daedalus as a powerful soundtrack.
In this screening, Marco explores the nature of movement and the overlaps between individuals and
The screening was also interesting in relation to the theme of migration. The phenomenon of murmuration (birds flying in flocks) is a question of survival for these birds. Flying alone or not following the group leaves them more vulnerable to predators. The same happens to refugees and migrants who are an easy target for criminals looking to extort money. Indeed, travelling in large groups provides a sense of community and solidarity as well as a better chance of safe passage and survival.
Thus, this work acts as a good reminder of our own journey, as individual as well as a group.
Whatever you’ll see, we are all migrants.