Linguaggio è guerra (1975)
Linguaggio è guerra (Language is War), composed in 1975, is an artwork-book edited by Massimo Marani in Rome.
A selection of photographs is presented, altered by cuts and montages, taken from English and German magazines.
On each photo there is a seal, with the writing "Language is war".
The frontal and symmetric composition of the image allows it to be read in slow motion, even when the subject represented is in motion, stripping the images of any possible trace of pathos. Mauri's intent is to deepen the discourse on the plurality of ideological languages that are manipulated by societies in the struggle to achieve ideological supremacy. Language is a weapon, therefore language is also war.
In 1975, these same images were displayed sequentially, as an installation, in the Foto e idea (“Photo and Idea”) event, at Parma's Municipal Museum. In 1978, in Vancouver at the Western Front Society.
2018 - Fabio Mauri 1968-1978, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, Castelbasso, curated by Laura Cherubini
2019 – Fabio Mauri: The End, Heart Museum, Herning, curated by Michael Bank Christoffersen
2020 – Fabio Mauri: Solo, Museo del Novecento, Florence, curated by Giovanni Iovane e Sergio Risaliti