Daniele Di Girolamo

Correct ways to misunderstand
2022, solo show, Traffic Gallery, Bergamo, curated by Leonardo Regano

with a contribution by Francesca Marcaccio


The work originates from a period of on-site research during the protests in Hong Kong, where I lived for three months (Sept-Nov 2019). It does not aim to discuss the protests directly but rather explores the linguistic, cultural, and interpretative mismatches experienced by a foreigner in the protest landscape: what is heard, what is seen, and what remains misunderstood. Each piece within the project emerges from these gaps, offering fertile ground for new visions and interpretations.

Cockroaches breathe loss and care

2022, molded metal, aluminum oxide sandblasting, molded pvc, approx. 90 x 25 x 40 cm each

Everything is nothing hurt

2020, Towel colored by a Police Blue-Water Cannon, embroidery of a sentence of a protester, iron stand, approx. 156 x 36 x12 cm


During the 2019 Hong Kong protests, I picked up a towel from the street. A protester had used that towel to clean himself after being hit by a blue water cannon deployed by the police, which stained the towel blue. I embroidered a sentence on it that I heard from a local protester who was trying to explain the protests to foreigners, often leading to misunderstandings.


Umbrella life tips

2020, speaker, audio recording of a demonstrator and umbrella handle from the protests, 100 x 12 x 50 cm


A speaker has been installed onto an umbrella handle collected during the Hong Kong protests (2019). The audio track is an excerpt from a recording of a demonstrator attempting to explain the protests to foreigners. The sentence spoken is, ‘Why control everything?’.


You look like rain

2020, automated rain sticks, fragments of glass and stone from protests, 74 x 100 x 6 cm each


I collected several fragments of glass and stone during the 2019 protests in Hong Kong. I placed these fragments inside hollow cylinders that, when rotated, cause the fragments to collide, generating a sound similar to rain. The main motto of the protests, ‘be water’ (referring to the strategy of rapid adaptation to circumstances like an adaptable fluid), is interpreted literally by creating these rain sticks.  


How to Be Weather

2023, Inkjet Print on Paper with White Wooden Frame, 120x90cm