I poveri sono matti (The poor are mad) is a red and blue caravan suspended thirty metres above the ground by crane. A recording of the popular polka song ‘Rosamunde’ resonates from the caravan’s interior to the street below. The work is inspired in part by research gathered during a three-month journey to Rajasthan (the land of origin of the Sinti nomads), where the artist met and followed different groups from the lower castes. It also references her acquaintance with the nomadic Italian Piccaluga family – the original owners of the caravan – who work in the circus. The apparition of the caravan against the sky highlights the fierce creativity and imagination at the heart of the communities she has met.
The work’s title is borrowed from a novel by Italian writer Cesare Zavattini. The final destination of the caravan will be a private burning, with the remains kept as a relic of the piece.