For Genoa also a cultural bridge

Genova – Now every American city with more than 500,000 inhabitants has one: it is the culture manager, an imported figure, who acts as a bridge between institutions and citizens for everything related to the events and problems of art and culture. It does not go over the top, but supports the councillor. In Genoa, a city that today needs bridges more than ever, for a few days the role has been entrusted to Maurizio Gregorini: Genoese, born in 1959, eclectic figure and a little ‘restless writer, filmmaker, poet, TV director, producer, photographer, collector of rare books and more. So many things. Dispersive? “Let’s say multi-purpose”, he replies, explaining that from a young age he has developed his commitment as an organizer thanks to installations and logistical systems, even complex ones: such as clubs, discos and, in general, public spaces for reception and entertainment. Today, fresh from his investiture, he immediately framed his field of action: “The city has a priceless artistic heritage to be enhanced”, and on the operational level he already identified three areas: tourism, digital communication and ports. He shows clear ideas, and speaks of those who must move urgently: “We also have a great artistic project to be dedicated to the collapsed bridge.

Eclectic, as you can see, and very autonomous with respect to party politics: “Right? Left? Let’s say culture. Point. Finally: maybe we’ll get off to a good start.

As a filmmaker and television director, Gragorini is formed in a universe of commercials, video clips, advertisements for films – or trailers: years ago it was said “soon on this screen”: were the times, among other things, the mythical Incom Week. He explores and experiments with an entire ancient or more recent world of teleromances and soap operas. He collaborates with the editorial staff of Emilio Fede’s TG4. He shoots and produces his own feature film, an experimental work entitled “Fiction”. He interrupted the university course of law to attend a master’s degree in cinema in Rome and then founded the SDAC of Villa Bombrini in Genoa: school of cinematic art that gathers about eight hundred students over the years. It teaches screenwriting, direction, shooting technique, editing, in short, everything related to the complete packaging of a film.

But the most formative and stimulating experiences as a television director, during the years around 2000, were called “Target” and its continuation, “Ciro figlio di Target” on Italia 1, the most innovative of the Mediaset networks. The first is basically a TV gravure with a very original cut, in a language of almost breaking: “ironic research on the cathodic world,” he says. Among other things, there is a real Moana Pozzi-woman (naked) of cleaning who, equipped with rags and brooms, dusts and literally fucks the floors. What else? “Satire refined modules of television communication and telematics. The presence of the brilliant cabaret group of the Cavalli Marci is decisive. Author Gregorio Paolini, presenter Gaia de Laurentiis and then Natasha Stephanenko.

Gregorini writes a lot. He has in his drawer a novel of which he only anticipates the very murky story of a right-wing terrorist. She has published “The Goddess of Evil” (Edizioni il Seme Bianco), a psychological noir and story no less murky than a humiliated character, inspired by a real serial killer (“a soul raped by existence”) who finds her revenge in the most brutal violence. There are also collections of verses, such as “Sugar and Poison” (2003, Libero di Scrivere editions), where the accents of a cursed poet are touched: “Martyred songs / found in the toilets / of stinking stations – ramshackle tattoos / crushed in the belly / of wild killers”.

Then there is “Brazilians”, a photographic anthology of black and white faces from Latin America – Rio, San Paolo, San Salvador – portrayed with his wife Sabrina Losso, who is also a photographer. Anything else? “I am an antiquarian of books. I collect and sell old volumes related to everything I love: painting, sculpture, architecture, in a path that goes from culture to the precious objects that enclose it. The bookshop is online”. So many things, Gregorini. Frankly, will you find time to deal with Genoa? It’s very serious: “Genoa today is my exclusive commitment. A whole heritage to be re-evaluated and updated, starting with museum signs”. Basic strategy? “To include the city in the great circuit of European culture. For the moment, little more than a dream”.

Gian Luca Caffarena

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