Remo Remotti: Ageing is Cool

remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi

I met Remo Remotti in 2010 in Rome. At that time I was primarily a stage photographer. I approached him showing a theatre book with my pictures: “You are young, how old are you? You are young. Fuck you!”. He seemed to appreciate my work.

I asked if I could go to visit him at his place in Rome and take some pictures. I was intrigued by Remo’s profound anarchist attitude and I wanted to see if he was acting like that in his home as well. I also wanted to have a photograph of him in front of one of his artworks.

remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi
remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi

He offered me coffee, we had a long chat about his life, his early years and his life experiences abroad, his idea of art.

He drew a sketch and he offered it to me. “That’s for you. And here’s some money too.”

“Why?”

“Cause you deserve a gift. And you look skinny.”

We went out of his house with the dog and while walking together he said something I will never forget: “Ageing is cool. There are a lot of bad things about it and everyone knows that. But there is this one good thing about it. And it’s a big thing: you can do whatever you like. None will judge you. And even if they do who cares.” He turned around and he started peeing on a wall.

remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi
remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi
remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi
remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi
remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi
remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi
remo remotti photo by gabriele gelsi

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