Cosa, secondo Lei, si deve fare per prevenire la guerra?
(How should war be prevented?)
210 x 150 cm, ink on tracing paper
In the drawing there is a bucket unhooked from a bulldozer, resting on the beach close to the shoreline. Behind her a sequence of waves continue beyond the horizon line, filling the available portion of sky.
The title of the drawing is taken from the sentence that erects Virginia Wolf's essay Three Guineas, written in 1938 close to the Second World War.
In the essay, the writer imagines receiving three letters, each containing a request for help for a different cause: the prevention of war, a women's university and help for women wishing to pursue a profession.
By composing her responses, the author demonstrates how the different causes are actually identical and inseparable¹. Each one, following its own path, can become a means of fulfilling one of the other demands, revealing how accurate observation of a given event is capable of fractioning and renumbering the body of reality. In the articulated search for the origin of certain human choices, a particular type of discourse comes to life (I refer specifically to the structure of reasoning) in which nothing is excluded or synthesised. Rather, the conclusion the writer arrives at (unique for the three causes) is given by a complex consideration of every detail.
1. Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, Hogarth Press, 1938