Here are a few images of Italy mainly from 1977. One of the most interesting moments of post-war European history when tanks were sent to quell a revolt in red Bologna and the British and French governments were contemplating a coup d’etat to prevent Italy from sliding into revolution. Italy’s long cycle of struggles from 1968/9 to the late seventies are, in many ways, far more interesting than France’s 1968 but far less well-known. Here is a small selection of images. In the coming months a larger selection of texts will explore some of the phenomena linked with these images.
“the city was running alive with housing occupations, auto-reduction struggles, spontaneous unauthorised demonstrations, and “Mao-Dada” provocations at official ceremonies and demonstrations”
Francesco LoRusso, a member of Lotta Continua, shot dead by carabinieri in Bologna, March 1977
Bologna, 11/03/78 foto di Enrico Scuro
Radio Alice – the voice of the ‘movimento del ’77’, closed by the carabinieri in March 1977.
Bologna, March 1977
“Re Nudo” (The Naked King)- a counter-cultural magazine.
Fumetti of Andrea Pazienza
Let’s take over the city
Il Male – satrical journal
Fake copy of Paese Sera (made by Il Male) which states that one of Italy’s most well-known actors is the head of the Red Brigades
Newspaper headline about police clash with leftists who sell cinema tickets at reduced prices (in practice known as autoriduzione)
Another underground satirical magazine ‘ Cannibale’ founded in 1977.