Michela Musolino and John T. LaBarbera at Howard Beach Public Library
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
In between songs, the artists painted a vivid picture of the terrible hardships endured by our ancestors during the Risorgimento. Far from glorious, Italian Unification was a calamity for the south. Instead of "liberation" the southerners were oppressed and subjected to repeated injustices and atrocities, including mass deportations under nightmarish conditions to northern gulags like Fenestrelle; the wholesale massacres at Pontelandolfo and Casalduni; and barbaric experiments by unscrupulous criminologist Cesare Lombroso. We also cannot forget the murder of nine-year-old Angelina Romano in Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani, just one example of the so-called enlightenment brought by the invaders.
Michela Musolino & John T. LaBarbera