By Greta Cozza
“Salve!’s is a project designed to make those messages that women send to each other to inform that they got home safely after a night out tangible, to celebrate their role in women’s friendships as a means to take care of each other and reaffirm the bond while, at the same time, still keeping the intimate perspective that characterises the topic. Thinking about how to communicate all these aspects another occasion in which I used to write to my friend to let them know that I was doing well came to my mind: when, as a little girl, I used to mail postcards to my classmates over the summer. Childhood is indeed a time of one’s life when friendships tend to be often with people of the same gender and are also generally lighter-spirited than adult ones. Taking inspiration from this childhood habit, the project re-purposed those “I’m safe” messages as postcards, to highlight the intimacy and light-hearted take on the issue. The metaphor is made evident by the title which can be interpreted both as an adjective (as if in “siamo salve”, “we are all safe”) and as a greeting (“Salve!”, “Hello!”) that one could find written in a funny type-face on a postcard.
Between 4 or 6 a5 postcards whose front image mocks the typical postcard design characterised by bold text placed over a picture. On the back, I’ll report the messages that I categorised as part of that theme.”