NERO is an international publishing house devoted to art, criticism and contemporary culture. Founded in Rome in 2004, it publishes artists’ books, catalogs, editions and essays.

NERO explores present and future imaginaries beyond any field of specialization, format or code – as visual arts, music, philosophy, politics, aesthetics or fictional narrations – extensively investigating unconventional perspectives and provocative outlooks to decipher the essence of this ever changing reality.

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Heads of Content:
Valerio Mannucci, Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti

Creative Director:
Francesco de Figueiredo

Editor at large:
Luca Lo Pinto

Clara Ciccioni, Carolina Feliziani, Tijana Mamula, Valerio Mattioli, Corrado Melluso

News Editor:
Giulia Crispiani

Elisa Chieruzzi, Lorenzo Curatola, Lola Giffard-Bouvier

Administration and Production:
Linda Lazzaro

Davide Francalanci

Photo Niccolò Berretta.

Burning at the Stake

Salò and a Roman folk tale

Salò is the child of a new dreamy and decadent Roman Renaissance. A blend of noise music, oniric atmospheres, baroque costumes and performance. After few memorable performances, Salò is ready to diffuse its scent around the world, combining psychedelic scenarios to mythological symbolism, rituality and rural iconography made of fairy tales, dreams and hypnotic scenes.

Rogo is a brand new track by Salò, born from their research around Roman popular tradition, immersed in the spiritual world of Renaissance’s witches and heretics, and Church’s persecutions, within their deepening into the dark side of the Italian Folklore.

A visionary staging of dark ages like the present one, that evokes voices of outcasts and heretics, narrating and setting into music stories and tales of those who opposed power and morals, those who payed the consequences or remained voluntarily exiled at the margins of society.

As we premiere this new video made by Italian director Niccolò Berretta for Rogo, Nero and Salò announce an upcoming collaboration to be unveiled real soon.

The footage was shot during a night in February 2021, in a forest near Rome, worshipping around a stake at the foot of an oak that collapsed due to lightning. Rogo means stake: a symbol of the war that the Inquisition waged against witches and heretics. But from more remote times, a symbol of ancient rituals favored by the darkness of the night.

Photo Niccolò Berretta.