It is entitled “A Breath” and was built in 2011 in the logistics base of Minustah (UN peacekeeping mission), in Port au Prince capital of Haiti, in memory of the victims of the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. Over three million people were affected by the earthquake.
“A Breath”, designed by RUFA lecturer Davide Dormino, is a breath, a sigh. It is the moment before the earth begins to shake: a pile of iron sheets resting on a block of cement. But one sheet has slipped to the ground and on it are written the 102 names of the people who lost their lives in a minute. Names without surnames, without alphabetical order, because when death arrives it doesn’t follow a logic: you are all at the same level. About 300,000 Haitians lost their lives and the artist imagined that among those names there could also be them. Nine years after that tragic event, “A Breath” flew to New York where it will be permanently installed in the North Lawn of the United Nations.
In these years Davide Dormino has created permanent public and environmental works, such as “Atlante”, “Poltergeist – monument to the invisible”, “Naviganti – monument to the imagination”, “Anything to say? A monument to courage”. The latest is an itinerant bronze sculpture that portrays, standing on three chairs, with a fourth empty chair next to it, three contemporary characters symbol of freedom: Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. Three much-discussed figures who, by choice, decided to challenge power in the name of freedom of expression and information by opposing the rules of a system of political and governmental control.