Most Were Silent
Edition of 500
17 x 24 cm
+ 4 pages booklet insert
Text by Stefano Riba
Published by Skinnerboox, Nov 2018
Vittorio Mortarotti and Anush Hamzehian
Most Were Silent, the long awaited book by the artist duo Vittorio Mortarotti & Anush Hamzehian, concludes a trilogy (“The First Day of Good Weather”, 2015 - “Eden”, 2016) in which the authors investigates the dynamics of memory and how History interferes with private fates.
“In Most Were Silent, the synesthesia prysm, the sensory phenomenon that suggests a contamination of the senses is used to magnify the depth of perception and to demonstrate that History is a process of stratification and absorption that can be modified through individual and collective filters. However, no contamination is risk proof, especially when it comes to modifying the common memory. That is exactly the strength of this book, besides the disquieting beauty and poetry of the photos, it succeeds in creating a new perspective in the narrative and memory of past events, without losing the main purpose of each narrative, which is not to retain the truth but to maintain integrity intact. “ [from the text by Stefano Riba]
Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti have always dedicated their work to geographical and social marginality. In recent years they have carried out projects in Belarus, Japan, Armenia and the United States with political refugees, former miners, prostitutes, survivors of the tsunami and the Balkan wars.
Their video-photographic installations have been exhibited, among others, at the Blueproject Foundation in Barcelona, the Casino Luxembourg, the Alberto Peola Gallery in Turin and the Foto Forum in Bolzano. With the Eden project they won the Leica Prize at the Biennale Images in Vevey and the Level Zero prize at Art Verona, which led them to exhibit at MAXXI in Rome.