Nazario Sauro, Baranzate (Milano), Lombardy, Italy, 2020.
A great spectacle in small-town daily life, the pre-existence, as if empty and inanimate, becomes the set for an alienating work, where fiction is the fundamental element for the understanding of what is told.
The theatrical representation put in place in the project is constituted in two acts that proceed simultaneously in two different places, telling different and opposite stories: a story of eternal lack and one of greedy coverage.
The first act, "The Theatre", consists of a large metal structure that recalls the fundamental elements, at least as a track, subdividing it into three sections: the foyer, the stalls, and the stage, in which the existing kiosk will contain the cafeteria, being the only element built.
The interior of the cafeteria is an extreme simulation of theatrical space, where props, counterweights, and lavish materials are reduced to abstract elements floating in space.
The two acts are interconnected through a pedestrian link, called "Interlude", with a series of animated advertising panels.
The second act, "The Temple", located in a deconsecrated church, becomes a pop-up store, where the merchandise on display will be treated as a sacred element. The objects will be placed on a large altar in the centre of the hall and surmounted by a false ceiling that blocks the customer’s travelling space, with an opening in the centre. Above it, a series of transparent lanterns float in the upper register, spreading and reflecting the natural and artificial light in the space with a continuous movement of swelling and deflation.