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Embossed works on paper - 1540mm x 2540mm each | fluorescent lights


Mixed media installation: Single-channel digital video projection - 00:05:46 looped - colour - 4:3 | Other materials: plywood | installation dimensions: variable


Two discrete works, part of the 'Pasolini Project' (1990-2022) - a project inspired by Italian filmmaker and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini. The series of works negotiate the complexities of the personal and the political by examining and mining Pasolini’s works and cultural artifacts in a quasi-archaeological and documentary-driven manner using tropes of the archival, the photographic and the indexical.

PONTE (ORIZONTALE) are works on paper that have been embossed by rubbing. The rubbings are taken from two large marble monoliths installed at the Foro Italico in Rome. Each monolith has the date of a significant event in the history of fascist Italy, however, the two included here are dates that were included post-1945, therefore once the fascist regime had been defeated. These dates mark, respectively: (a) the date of the end of the fascist regime in Italy, and (b) the date of the implementation of the Italian Republic. They thus (literally) mark the transition or bridge (i.e. ponte) from fascism to democracy in Italy after WWII.

PONTE (VERTICALE) appropriates a scene from Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film Accattone (1961) where the sub-proletarian protagonist dives into the Tiber River in Rome. The footage utilizes a proprietary slow-motion technique to extend the footage durationally as well as across the surface of a vertically elongated screen.

For full video of PONTE (VERTICALE), see:

INSTALLATION VIEW: SCA Galleries (Sydney, Australia)

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