Calle Tredici Martiri (Alley of the Thirteen Martyrs) is a fictionalised photographic reinterpretation of Koxvold’s grandfather Aldo Varisco’s campaign of direct action against the Nazi occupation of Italy.
The project’s title refers to the location of the Venetian headquarters of the National Republican Guard at Ca’ Giustinian, which Varisco’s team destroyed with explosives in 1944, killing 13. The following day, the German military shot 13 Italian prisoners in retribution for the attack; Varisco and his team were later captured and extensively tortured. After the war, the street alongside Ca’ Giustinian was renamed “Calle Tredici Martiri.”
This project explores the impossibility of photographic truth in the context of the contemporary nexus of capitalism, fascism and consumerism within which we locate ourselves.
Jason Koxvold (b. 1977) is an artist and photographer based between Brooklyn and Upstate New York.
Calle Tredici Martiri (Alley of the Thirteen Martyrs) opens tonight (Wednesday 12th) at the Cornershop Gallery, 6-8pm, 82a Angel street, Newtown, Sydney, Aus.