M E R E M I | | MEMORIES OF RESISTANCE IN MILAN
Marta Mascolo, 2017
• I want people (citizens of Milan and tourists) to use my application to re-discover the antifascist soul of Milan, through different literature paths. • To build up a political opinion on the topic: antifascism, freedom, justice. • To compare past to present events in order not to commit the same mistakes again. • To reject any sort of fascism and racist idea. • To be participative in supporting antifascist associations MEREMI is an application that guides citizens and tourists in the metropolitan city of Milan, in places mentioned in Giovanni Pesce ’s book (Senza tregua | Without rest) and Elio Vittorini’s one(Uomini e no | Men and Not Men). This mobile phone application wants to provide useful tools to sensitize users about what was the Resistance movement during the Nazi-Fascist occupation in Italy, which erroneously is associated with acts of terrorism, misleading the historical memory of this unique movement in Italian history. MEREMI proposes different itineraries divided into two main groups: Fictional and Biographical that drive users in discovering symbols, places, people of the city that has been the protagonist. Each “story” is illustrated and narrated through vintage photos, quotes from Pesce and Vittorini’s books, music, testimonies of partisans and survivors who have lived on their own skin the partisan struggle. In the fictional part, it is possible to listen to actors performing the book’s passage taken into consideration in the stops’ context. At the same users have the chance not only to re-discover Milan but also support A.N.P.I association with a symbolic act of urban guerrilla spreading in the city some poppies seeds as a symbolic presence of Resistance movement and partisans. The meaning of this flower is related to the Resistance and more specifically to all the people and partisans that sacrificed their lives to liberate the country.