La Corsa del Venditore/The Run of the Seller

2008

Video, stills

In La Corsa del Venditore/The Run of the Seller, Africans who immigrated to Italy, in this case to Florence, are never seen but talked about by an outsider. La Corsa del Venditore takes the form of a monologue spoken by an Italian woman talking on her cell phone, presumably to a friend, and describing a scene that she just witnessed. The well-dressed woman is pacing in front of Florence’s main train station, accompanied by what the viewer assumes are her daughter and granddaughter. She describes in detail a scene during which African street vendors harassed by the police, were forced to quickly fold up the blankets used to display their merchandise on the pavement and to run away. To her surprise, the vendors settled down just a block away.

Maya_Schweizer, La Corsa del Venditore/The Run of the Seller, 2008, video, still

La Corsa del Venditore/The Run of the Seller