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THEOREM [2002/2015]

Mixed media installation: Single-channel digital video projection - 01:35:26 - silent - colour - 4:3 | Other materials: digital photograph, glass, wood | installation dimensions: variable



THEOREM superimposes the foreign-language subtitles of Pasolini’s film Teorema [1968], onto the police photograph of Pasolini’s corpse, taken at the site of his murder. The utopic and revolutionary ideas set forth by Pasolini in Teorema are mined in the absurdist hope that in the ‘floating’ and dislodged foreign-language (subtitle) text we might provide an explanation for his untimely and tragic political death.


Articule (Montréal)

A-Space (Toronto)

Moving Image Centre (Auckland)

New Zealand Film Archive (Wellington)

SCA Galleries (Sydney)


Frederico Camera, 'John Di Stefano’s Bandiera Nera'. Australasia Journal of Popular Culture, 2015

Gary Sangster, 'In Theory', Bandiera Nera. SCA Galleries, Sydney, 2015

Aleksandr A. Wansbrough, “Archaeological Journeys: John Di Stefano’s Bandiera Nera”. Alphaville - Journal of Film & Screen Media, 2016

Laurence Simmons, 'Passion for Pasolini',  Illusions - Journal of Moving Image & Performance Criticism, 2004

Kate Griffin, Texts & Subtexts. Moving Image Centre, Auckland, 2003

Sherry Simon, Deviant Translations. Articule, Montréal, 2002

Will Kwan, Another Version: John Di Stefano’s Redeeming Translations. A Space Gallery, Toronto, 2002

THEOREM is part of the PASOLINI PROJECT - a project inspired by Italian filmmaker and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini. 

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