Il Corpo Del Capitano / The Captain's Body

Luca Santese & Marco P. Valli

Preface by Filippo Ceccarelli
Postface by Nicola Patruno

In 2018, photographers Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli documented the birth of the so-called Third Republic in a critical-satirical way. After the end of the First Conte Government, their research focused on Matteo Salvini - the political leader of the Italian Lega - and center-right forces. His voters call him “The Captain”. Salvini’s propaganda style is highly innovative: he is constantly photographing himself, his daily life and his body, to come across as a ‘man of the people’.
With millions following him, Salvini reaches his public directly through social media.
“The Captain’s Body” relies on an organic and detailed documentation of Salvini’s activities that openly and radically hinders the way Salvini portrays himself. His likeable, colourful, “pop” aesthetics is opposed by a rigorous black and white, obscure and dystopic. Such an inversion doesn’t just concern the photographs’ style, but also their narrative sequence. At the beginning of the book, one might have the feeling that the project is truthfully and ironically documenting different perspectives of Salvini’s propaganda; However, the work transforms into a counter-propaganda, as Santese and Valli put forward their own imaginary storytelling: a definite response to the factious narrative that “the captain” often uses. Salvini has shown the ability to embody dozens of different roles: from “Padanian” to Italian nationalist, from family man to boyfriend, from gluttonous to supporter, from scraper driver to sweatshirt wearer, thus allowing the study of a multitude of bodies converging into one: the Captain’s Body.

Hardcover, 24x34 cm / 9,4x13,3 in
128 pages, 226 photos, offset
Cover: Favini Remake Midnight carapace
Pages: Garda Gloss 135gr.
ISBN 978-88-945611-0-4

First edition of 1000