InformationConceived by Claudia Polizzi and Stefano Riba in collaboration with Associazione Donne Nissà and thanks to the support of Provincia Autonoma of Bozen – Italian culture division2018-2019
Video shooting and editingMartin Rattini
PartecipantsAmiina, Claudia, Diere, Izabela, Latifat, Michela, Moriba, Moris, Paola, Roberta, Rose, Saikou, Sara e StefanoA warm thank you toBAU, Corraini Editore, Nico Angiuli, Caterina Nebl, Martin Rattini
Handy HandsHandy Hands involved six locals, seven migrants and a cultural mediator in a four-day meeting of socialization and work that used the Italian language as a vehicle to the development and the shooting of this short film. The series of encounters was held in a domestic space in order to foster the exchange and make it more fruitful and direct. Handy Hands plays with a polysemy of meanings. It can refer to ‘practical hands’, able to do almost anything. But it can also mean ‘hands at hand’, available in case help is needed. If we look at the title from a German-speaking perspective, it clearly emerges that the term ‘Das Handy’ (mobile phone) refers to ‘Die Hand’, an analogy that sees the cell phone as an extension of the hand. However, it is not this hybridization between technology and man that interested us, but rather the fact that hands have been for millennia the main tools for communication and labor. This is eventually the focus of this project. When you don’t make yourself understood because of the lack of a common language, you speak by gestures. We say ‘make a small gesture’ or ‘give a hand’ to refer to a small action that for others can have a great value. The gestures, then, understood as small daily activities, bind us to the culture of the territory in which we live in. Besides, hands represent our identity and they have always been our instrument of contact and communication with the inhabitants and things of the world. This video tells stories, actions and daily relationships, voluntary movements or involuntary tics, leisure or work activities. The grazing light almost completely eliminates the colors of the skin to underline the universality of non-verbal communication. In the video you will not find captions that explain the gestures presented, whose reading is left to the free interpretation of the viewer.