PONTE (VERTICALE) and PONTE (ORIZONTALE) [2013]

Digital video projection, 5:46 min, silent; wood. Dimensions variable;

Embossed works on paper, 1540mm x 2540mm each, fluorescent lights

PONTE (ORIZONTALE) are works on paper that have been embossed by rubbing. The rubbings are taken from two large marble monoliths that are part of a series of monoliths installed at the Foro Italico in Rome. Each monolith has the date of a significant event in the history of fascist Italy. The two rubbings 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 mark (literally) the transition 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 jumps from the Bridge of Angels in Rome, into the Tiber River. The footage utilizes a proprietary slow-motion technique to extend the footage.

Installation view: SCA Galleries (Sydney, Australia)