ITALIAN ARTISTS OFFER A FREE RIDE THROUGH DIFFERENT LANDSCAPES
Wanderers is a collection of ltalian film and video works. In these works, natural and urban landscapes are not just used as neutral ‘background’, but play an active role in the development of the narration and the characters. Whether 30 animations , images of the countryside or shots of factories, the landscape is never simply a setting for actions and atmospheres. The landscape offers important elements that contribute to personal stories of love, relationships and friendship . Wanderers offers a variety of landscape portraits, far from the more touristic and stereotyped images of ltaly. This approach leads to interesting narrative strategies and artistic works in which each image strongly expresses the imagination and personality of the author.
ALICE GUARESCHI (ITALY, 2002-2004, VIDEO, 29:00 MIN)
This video is the personal diary of the artist, made out of notes and images. It is meant as a “haiku”. Private Anthology is a work in progress made of endless modules. The exact selection and running order of the modules can change according to the context of the exhibition or the artist’s mood. The version shown here is composed of four parts: (1) introduction + (2) “Racconto d’inverno #1. A walk” (2002) + (3) introduction + (4) “Raccon to d’inverno #2. Sleepwalking”(2004).
Fortify My Arms
GIOVANNA BIANCO AND PINO VALENTE (ITALY, 2004, VIDEO, 3:00 MIN)
The work of Bianco-Valente/Mass focuses on the phenomena of perception and processes in the human brain, which enables us to imagine things and retain memories of our experiences. In light of this his video, distorted vision, altered colours and an obsessive rhythmical sound track suggest a dialogue between the outside world of the nature and the personal dimension of intimacy.
Hurt So Good
OTTONELLA MOCELLIN AND NICOLA PELLEGRINI (ITALY, 1999, VIDEO, 4:00 MIN)
Can love be dangerous for our self esteem? And up to what point? In this video, the artists’ play in the water is a clear metaphor of the opposite feelings that can grow in a love relationship, and how hard it can be to keep a balance between ourselves and the other.
Le Cocu Magnifique
SARA ROSSI (ITALY, 2003, 16MM, 8:00 MIN)
Strange characters often inhabit the works of Sara Rossi: they are heroic figures taken from ltalian folk tales and popular culture. Rossi takes them out of this context and places them in new surroundings, mixing objective documentary and fantasy styles. In this scene, the protagonist is Pulcinella, a well-known character from the ‘Commedia dell’arte’. He is equipped with a special suitcase and a stereoscopic mask and takes the spectator on a fantastic trip to the beginning of the history of cinema.
DEBORAH LIGORIO (ITALY, 2002, VIDEO, 5:00 MIN)
3D-animated images and satellite pictures of the earth are used to reflect on the relation between order and disorder, between structure and chaos. With Landscape, Ligorio wants to show us the potential of errors and imperfections.
MARGHERITA MORGANTIN (ITALY, 2002, VIDEO, 6:00 MIN)
lnspired by an abandoned printing factory, the artist creates a dance, together with the former workers of the factory. lmages of big empty rooms, internal stairs and old machineries are mixed with shots of the nearby sea-side. ‘Petrol Swing’ is a light-hearted video that tries to offer a different perspective on social problems.
ALESSANDRA ARNÔ (ITALY, 2003, VIDEO , 1:00 MIN)
A dynamic play of images is created, starting from the courtyard of a historical building.
ITALO ZUFFI (ITALY, 2003, VIDEO, 5 00 MIN)
Here we are led from exterior to interior, from the street, into a house, into a room. At the end, the unstable and shaking environment leaves us with a strong feeling of instability and danger.
RA Dl MARTINO (ITALY, 2002, 35MM, 7 00 MIN)
A film scene is shot on the top of a hill. The camera slowly turns to show the viewer different characters talking. As the time passes, we start to realize the incoherence of the actors’ dialogue and the absurdity of the situation. Not is an ironic, intelligent work on film language.
(The selections are curated in collaboration with Careof, Milan.)
Angela Serino― Curator
Angel a Serino has been working as an independent curator tor RadioArteMobile 2002 , lnterferenze 2004 and Visionaria 2004 . She is a member of Synapser, a network of young ltalian curators (www.undo.net/synapser).She also writes for Neural (www.neural.it) and for the contemporary art magazine Arte e Critica.