San Benedetto, Benedict of Palermo, São Benedito, Binidittu — the man, born Benedetto Manasseri to enslaved Africans in Sicily in 1524, is known by many names, and as a unique figure of defiance and self-determination…
Binidittu, by Nicola Lo Calzo (b. 1979, Italy), is an intricate series that examines the condition of contemporary African migrants in the Meditteranean by virtue of the unifying figure of the Saint Benedict, and translates into a contemplative journey through the fields of representation and alienation. In a postcolonial reality, it seems increasingly relevant to re-examine the issues central to ‘Binidittu’, and in this extensive interview with GUP, Lo Calzo sheds some light on the fascinating context of his investigative process.
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