Located in an imaginary industrial microcosm, Biagi’s paintings reproduce the existential exile of workers and the inevitable sacrifice of modern man, constantly exposed to the peril of the toxic environments that surround him and forced to a state of accelerated motion. The factory is life and death, possibility and negation; it is the space in which individuals give up their natural instincts and personal freedom to become an integral part of the collective mechanism. The alienation of labor becomes a sense of duty: out of habit, dedication to a just cause or simply a sense of belonging to a shared experience. Workers meld with the concrete of the factory and the metal of the piping, becoming the soul and scaffolding of an impregnable fortress that offers refuge for human fragility. In one of his famous short stories, Dino Buzzati misuses the term Barbacane, which originally referred to the fortified component of fortresses and castles, to indicate a glimpse of industrial scenery. The image Buzzati sought to evoke is captured in the pictorial work of Flavio Biagi, who has adopted this term to symbolize his corrosive iron strongholds.

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