Sunday 19th, August at Parco Raggio, Concorto Film Festival
By Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd
(United States, Italy / 2017 / 60’)
“PICO: Un parlante de Africa en America”
PICO: Un parlante de Africa en America is a documentary on the Colombian tradition of the Picos, namely vividly decorated sound-systems which animate celebrations on the Atlantic Coast. Although the history of the Picos dates back to the 60s, their roots are even deeper: they belong to slave trade times when the Colombian coast covered a strategic role in commercial routes. Colombian port cities were access points for technological devices, culture and music from Western Africa which paved the road to the birth of the culture of the Picos. Thanks to many interviews on the spot, it has been possible for the protagonists of this tradition to expound such a multifaceted topic with dazzling visual and musical aspects.
The direction of Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd gives equal space to both a kaleidoscopic costeño environment and the spontaneous development of a story which hasn’t been written yet.
Invernomuto was born in 2003 from the collaboration between Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi. The Invernomuto duo lives and works between Vernasca (province of Piacenza, Italy) and Milan. Dynamic images and sounds are the main subject of their research together along with sculpture, publishing and live performances. Amongst their latest personal exhibition we find: Africa Addio, pinksummer, Genova MALÙ, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto, Artspeak, Vancouver, Wondo Genet, AuditoriumArte, Roma, Anabasis Articulata in 2015; Triennale di Milano and Marsèlleria in Milan, Negus – Far Eye, Museion in Bolzano, I-ration, ar/ge kunst, Bolzano in 2014; receded from The Celestial Path, GAMeC in Bergamo e Simone, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Ferrara.
Amongst the collective exhibitions and festivals they participated in we find: Nero suBianco, American Academy in Rome, La Contemporanea in Milan (2014), Black Star Film Festival in Philadelphia, CosìAccade, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Terre Vulnerabili at Hangar Bicocca in Milan, Netmage 09 in Bologna. In 2013 they were the finalists for the Premio Furla award in Bologna and they won the MERU ART*SCIENCE award. In 2014 they partook in Berlinale Talents in Berlin and obtained the MiBAC grant to complete Negus, their first feature film. Bertuzzi and Trabucchi conduct individual projects in the music field, such as Palm Wine and Dracula Lewis, respectively.