A hug, represents the final outcome of the Dialogues from / of an isolation project, launched in conjunction with the beginning of the period of isolation and limitations caused by the pandemic. It seemed necessary to react to try not to lose the sense of the relationship. I recorded every day, for the entire duration of the first lockdown, a video call via Skype with anyone who responded to my invitation disseminated through social channels. At the end of each call, I then posted a brief report of the meeting together with an image sent to me by the interlocutor. I created the hashtag #dialoghidadiunisolamento so that it was possible to track and follow all the posts related to the project on Facebook and Instagram. In 68 days I spoke to 58 people, most of whom were unknown to me until then. The whole project was an attempt to use dialogue as an artistic practice aimed at restoring spaces of expression, listening and comparison to the people involved, as well as a way to create a small atlas of images made during those days that differed from those prevalent mass media, with our gaze turned inside, to the private, individual, intimate dimension of that moment.
In A hug, those images have become a series of 58 postcards, each with an edition of 200 numbered and stamped copies with a specially made stamp bearing the title of the work. The typical closing formula of a correspondence between people who know each other, A hug, becomes a wish and a message of physicality in the distance and in the impossibility of the moment. The first copy of each postcard was then sent to the person who sent me the image. The postcards are presented on a specially made display with an invitation to be purchased and in turn sent, to exit the virtual dimension and return to the physical gesture of correspondence. The work exists also as a numbered edition of 50 boxes containing the whole series of 58 postcards.