DARIO FO, MILANO, CASA DELL’ARTISTA 27 APRILE 1996 COPYRIGHT 2021 GUIDO HARARI
Photographer Guido Harari’s artistic production includes making portraits of stage actors, singers and artists. With many of them there has been not only a professional interest but a fellowship based on reciprocal respect and friendship. To photograph them on the stage, it is necessary to start from the consideration that the actor is above all a person: in Latin theater the actor was “the mask.” Thus, the photographic representation is not meant to be just the document of a face and a time, but also a hermeneutic, an existential choice based on civic commitment, even more, on the awareness that “everything in the world is a joke” (Falstaff). In the picture, Harari juxtaposes, in parallel, the face of the actor, Dario Fo with that of the mask of the jester, the most ambiguous character on the stage of the theatrical universe. Then, he unites their features in a frank, liberating and desecrating laughter, all the while distancing the theatrical dimension, thus leading us back inside an affair where the truth sought is still to be embodied. And the photographer waits, as we do, on the threshold.