Italian politician Matteo Salvini blasts sculpture showing him shooting refugees

Salvatore Scuotto's La pacchia è finita! (2019)

The Italian right-wing politician Matteo Salvini has heavily criticised a sculpture depicting him shooting two migrants, which is on show in an exhibition in Naples. The piece, titled La pacchia è finita! (the free ride is over), is by the Italian artist Salvatore Scuotto. Salvinis gun, aimed at the two terrified refugees, is draped with a sign that says “Game Over”. The work is part of a show titled Virginem=Partena held at the Nabi Interior Design gallery, which was organised by Biancamaria Santangelo.

In a video posted on Twitter, Salvini, the leader of the far-right League party, said: “This piece that shows me shooting two immigrants, if this is a work of art, it doesnt make me laugh. Why the fuck would it make me laugh?… The sculpture is an instigation to hatred and violence, not art. Of course, sculptures can be irreverent but holding up a pistol to someone is not.” Salvini says he is looking forward to returning to “the capital of Campania [Naples] to see the traditional cribs on display [in nativity scenes]”.

He criticised the “artists, journals and intellectuals who invite hatred against someone, weve seen it many times”, and hopes that they will condemn the piece. Salvini stresses that he wants the work withdrawn from the Naples exhibition; Santangelo confirmed that the installation is still on show.

Salvini introduced hardline measures such as the closure of Italian ports to NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) vessels during his tenure as Italys minister of the interior; in SepRead More – Source