DROME 18 – CHILDHOOD
DROME magazine n. 18 – the CHILDHOOD issue
cover: Jacqueline Roberts
JONATHAN MEESE / LORENZO MATTOTTI / NEDKO SOLAKOV / FRP2
RICCI / FORTE / MARIE HENDRIKS / ANDREA AYALA / LINO DAVIS
GÖKSIN SIPAHIOGLU / STEFAN CONSTANTINESCU / ROBIN RHODE
:: PRÉLUDE ::
Under the sky of the place where I am writing from, births are celebrated with any possible social and economic support, while at art exhibitions you may even receive as a gift a children’s catalogue or a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. And it’s not a today’s initiative, at (children’s) Par(ad)is.
Meanwhile, beyond the Alps, Italy is doomed to become the lively elderly society as foretold by sociologists. Pompei archaeological site is slowly collapsing, symbol of a regular decay, and therefore invisible, of the massive artistic legacy of the Bel Paese, which directs appointments and resources in order to exploit mediatically what it isn’t able to safeguard effectively. Any meaningful trace of our history, if neglected or mistreated, is like a son of which we cannot take care: we must grant its custody to a better tutor, and without wasting any more time. And Europe looks down.
To you we dedicate childhood, then, the eternal and iridescent human condition, the space of the many possibilities, the symbolic place where everything can occur, the arena where values are negotiated for the education (or mis-education) of our personalities. Manifesto-articles, poems disguised as answers, statements of intent and timeless fairy tales overlap and run through these inspired pages, signed by outstanding grownups, who are leaving a mark on the contemporary artistic production and who remind us that the child, the best side of humankind, is too often considered an evolving adult: a (blind) projection of the grown-ups and of their dogmatic regulations and social expectations. At the same time, the supreme importance of letting our inner child live is also emphasized (please take note, after you turn thirty, you will also start revaluating the poet Giovanni Pascoli). If, on the one hand, it is true that the overwhelming current communication flow enables us to grow, to adjust ourselves to a world that requires a lifelong learning, on the other hand, it is also true that we frequently lose sight of that impertinent children’s curiosity which leads them to put into question and challenge everything, in order to understand and maybe not to conform with a readymade world.
And, finally, on a personal note, sweetly consistent with the topic of this issue – again! I have just learned that the new year will bring me myfirst-nephew/niece. Therefore, I will have to try my light side: but, where should I start? A polyphonic answer arises from the pages composed for you, leading me to what for Nietzsche (Ecce Homo) represents maturity: rediscovering the seriousness that, as children, we used to put in our games. As serious as the eternal child, voilà.