AGI – A nativity scene with the collapse of the Morandi Bridge on display in Florence has left the Victims Remembrance Committee, which created most of the relatives whose lives he lost on August 14, 2018, “stunned” and was removed after the protests.
“We are sorry to learn of the disappointment of the Victims Committee of the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa: we therefore decided to remove the nativity scene, seeing the inscription ‘not to forget’ with the view that even the cribs could be interpreted as memorials, small contributions of remembrance and hope “, says the general manager of the Rivoli Hotel, Chiara Caridi, after Egle Possetti spokesperson for the Remembrance Committee, which most of the relatives whose lives she lost on August 14, 2018, said they were” allowed “.
“A nativity scene, which wants to be” alternative “, with all respect for the work from which it originated, is out of tune and we are astounded that we could not have imagined before ” Possetti had said.
The Nativity scene of the collapse of the Morandi Bridge had already been exhibited in 2019. “We agree” adds Caridi “with the writer that the tragedy of the Bridge is now too little spoken and we pay attention instead to the fact that what the artist proposes in this work it is the importance that what has happened remains forever in memory in order not to forget “.
“This attention is essential to prevent these tragedies from recurring. Among the cribs on display in the exhibition, in addition to the traditional ones, there are many with reference to current issues and represent facts that have marked the recent, albeit painful, history of our country. Others are too, such as the nativity scene set in a Covid ward that reports to the still-ongoing health emergency, very painful, and that of the Porta di Lampedusa which deals with the tragedy of migrants. Of Christmas, which invites you to always have the tragedies present. lived to build a future of greater awareness and hope. offers insights for deep reflection for this Christmas moment “.
Possetti had said that “we can imagine, albeit with difficulty, that people who have not lived our experience might think that a nativity scene with the stumps of the deceased Ponte Morandi could become a memorial. We assure you that for the families they carry in their hearts those damned images, thinking that their affections lost their lives there, nothing commemorative emerges “.
And again: “for us the memory passes through tender thoughts, delicate initiatives, a smile, a caress, the future memorial, the work of interrogators and the judiciary, through the perception that those deaths can ring in the ears of our institutions to encourage them to do much more, to never allow such shame again “.