Carnevale of Viareggio: Frontiere wins
"Everything, absolutely everything, moves, and passes through without any problems except men, women and children. Many of them come across obstacles, rejection and barbed wire, a lot of barbed wire, and this is not acceptable” said maestro Alessandro Avanzini in a recent interview with La Nazione. Maestro Avanzini is the creator of the winning float, of the category 1 floats, in this year's edition of 2017 Carnevale of Viareggio.
“Frontiere” (Frontiers) is the title of the float that Avanzini dedicated to the ordeal of migrants. A man who “is obstructed and hurt by new barbed
wires that are blocking hope, like an impenetrable border”.
A giant made of papier-mâché that invites you to reflect.
A chain reaction of feelings are inevitable.
Zygmunt Bauman, a sociologist who passed away a few months ago,
had theorized the concept of “Liquid Modernity” to describe our era.
In the sea of possibilities in which we live in, geographical distance is now obsolete. Physical proximity and intimacy have stopped walking side by
side and choice has become an obligation.
A possibility of choice that risks to be just an illusion for those individuals that are weak and lacking in resources. They are like children in the house of mirrors at an amusement park, chasing a handful of possible “ifs”,
without realizing that they are just victims of an optical illusion.
It’s a matter of months, light years, but out there, in the new panorama created by the intertwining of old realities and new resources, the bright neon exit sign is about to turn on.