SIMONE DI BIASIO
Simone Di Biasio is a journalist and expert in communications with a weakness for poetry - and several publications and prizes to his name - and he lives in Fondi, a centre for agriculture and tourism whose beaches overlook Mount Circeo. As president of an association named after the poet and art critic Libero de Libero, Simone launched a project that overturns the myth of the eternally waiting Penelope. Conceived as a performance-installation entitled “Partita”, it has become a book translated by Evangelia Polymou and illustrated by Stefania Romagna, an artist from Terracina who has depicted all the women Odysseus encounters on his travels. Following the first exhibition in Latina three years ago, the project has continued and expanded. The idea is a contemporary reading of the story of Odysseus: why not give Penelope the opportunity to travel once her husband returns? It’s he, the traveller of the Odyssey, who tells the story, on this occasion lamenting the absence of his wife. Now it’s the woman who leaves the hero alone, after the long night of love described by Homer. The myth had already been updated by Ovid, Pavese and others, but few have chosen to make the patient Penelope the protagonist. The writer asks himself: without Penelope, would Odysseus have existed at all? The monologue opens with an answerphone message, and concludes in the same way, with the hero requesting a Radiovision callback. The work is linked to a more scholarly publication by Di Biasio: “Guardare la radio, prima storia della radiovisione italiana” (Watch the radio, first history of Italian Radiovision). The Penelope project was created in collaboration with the director of the initial performance, Antonio Fasolo. And it doesn’t merely give a voice and actions to a woman we all know as patiently waiting, italso tells the story of the Fondi area.
The story has been written by Caterina Grignani, writer.