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Video Art and Short Films

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MARCO BIZZARRI

born in Santiago, Chile 1988 | lives in Santiago, Chile

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VORTEX, 2020

Land art ,video,coal

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A whirlwind of raw emotions, which leave scars uncovered. A shell that is opened by dirty, black hands, worn out by work. The ruins of the mine tell a bygone story, but which is still revealed through what happened. A path implemented in the past that anchors a reflection, in our minds, on the importance of taking care of the earth through the ancestral symbol of the vortex: contrasting forces within that are pushed outwards and are dispersed into the surrounding space. Attraction, thrust, calm and turbulence, life and abandonment, there is a well-defined antithesis to everything. The intention is precisely to touch and stir our awareness of the immense and improper use of the soil; a warning of unequivocal importance surrounded by the desolation of the Atacama desert.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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KHALIL CHARIF

born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 1967| lives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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KOPACABANA, 2019

Super 8,digital

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Sharp, incisive, harsh words accompany and narrate the vision of fragments stolen from the daily reality of Copacabana, a Brazilian neighborhood that has always been considered the scene of episodes of violence and crime. The two video artists from Rio De Janeiro, Khalil Charif and Marcos Bonisson, intend to show, thanks to their short film with documentary features, some images captured from moments of everyday life in the famous neighborhood, from its crowded main streets to its darkest alleys. . The protagonists of the montage are situations and people belonging both to the past and to the present, as evidence of a city so tormented that it hardly allows us to leave hope for a possible future redemption. Accompanied by the audio track created by the Brazilian musician Arnaldo Brandão and characterized by moments of constant tension, the resolute voice of the local poet Fausto Fawcett becomes a harsh song of exasperation and helplessness which, thanks to its rhythm and intensity, is able to create a sense of strong compassion, giving us his honest and passionate Bem-vindo in Copacabana.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ALEXANDRE ERRE

born in Noumèa, New Caledonia 1990 | lives in Paris, France

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WHAT LIES BEYOND THE HORIZON, 2020

Video

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A sea, ships, a horizon. What is beyond? The viewer’s gaze is captivated by the beauty of the landscape, the calm of the sea and the succession of transparent images that float on the water. An island, whose existence seems to be in the balance between being and dissolving. The nautical routes mark the sea, overlapping the natural landscape. What is beyond? Alexandre Erre investigates the geopolitical issues surrounding the human being and more precisely the South Sea. The relationship that man has established with Nature is harmful, intrusive and affects not only nature itself, but also the lives of individuals individuals.
What lies beyond the horizon is a veiled and layered critique of the exploitation of the seas that leaves the observer, his sensitivity and his wealth of experience with the perspective from which to look at this work.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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KEVIN FRECH

born in New York, Usa 1965 | lives in New York, Usa

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COMMUNE, 2019

Video

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It is a constant struggle between the need to communicate and the temptation to be persuaded by tools that seem to promote incommunicability, which Kevin French shows in his short film Commune. In fact, the title chosen by him wants to focus attention on the new concept of communication, radically upset from the moment in which technology has imposed its presence within our daily life. The nine protagonists of this video art work show precisely the effects that the new forms of communication have produced on our language, both verbal and expressive. Almost like an accurate analysis of a social experiment, what is striking are the responses that our body continues to show despite the fact that the rules of this interpersonal game have been profoundly changed. Although distance plays an incisive and disturbing role within the dynamic created, it is inevitable to dwell on the strength of the individual’s body language which, only if enjoyed within an overall vision, through the constitution of a small community that shares the same communicative codes, proves that it has not lost its expressive strength, while still preserving its more human side.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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YUAN GAO

born in Kunming, China 1986 | lives in Beijing, China

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CLOUD OF THE UNKNOWN, 2019

Animation,video,film

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A surreal atmosphere, an alienating figure that seems to float like a shadow in the night, hands that take flight like white doves. A memory, maybe a dream.
This is how the dreamlike world of the artist Yuan Gao appears, finalist of the 14th edition of the Arte Laguna Prize thanks to Cloud of the Unknown, an animated short in which another reality is staged in which the dream presents itself as a space -time parallel to ours, a dimension for the author as real as life itself. Born and raised in the closed and oppressive Chinese society, this young artist recognizes art as the only means of escape and personal expression without constraints. Animation is for her the crasis of her greatest passions. Philosophy, painting and writing have given life to his poetics aimed at change: a peaceful struggle made of colors and brushes. Yuan Gao therefore invites reflection on the world we live in through a language that aims to touch people’s hearts.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ALEJANDRA GLEZ

born in Havana, Cuba 1996| lives in Havana, Cuba

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RISA Y LLANTO, 2019

Video

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A dichotomy present in every person: laughter and crying. Basic emotions that we learn to express from an early age. Despite this, however, seeing someone cry always has a strong weight for the observer, as if negative emotions were to be hidden, hidden from the eyes of others. Glez Alejandra not only wants to investigate human feelings, but she wants to highlight the most intimate sufferings that women are forced to suffer every day and to hide according to the rules of society and culture. That’s right, even today, the female body and soul suffer daily injuries that should no longer be conceived. Culture is changing, it is true, but it is doing so too slowly in relation to the needs and problems that society puts before us every day.
In the movie we have the screen divided into two parts: in the one on the right we see part of the artist’s face, while she is crying silently; in the one on the left she can be seen and heard laughing loudly. Two sides of the same coin. Always show smiling and happy, despite her internally she is suffering. This too is a trauma and this too must be treated by giving proper weight to feelings.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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HONEY & BUNNY

born in Vienna, Austria 1974 | lives in Vienna, Austria

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ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE 04, 2018

Seta
93x105x3 cm

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Food Design, a documentary created by the Honey & Bunny studio for the of “food design” exhibition at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, is placed within the contemporary artistic context as a testimony aimed at showing, through a precise sociological and cultural analysis, the fundamental role of food product design within the dynamics of buying and selling. Sonja Stummerer and Martin Hablesreiter thus intend to investigate the complex bond that individuals are unwittingly led to establish with market products and, in particular with food, thus revealing, as a particular packaging, a particular color choice or a iconic design are able to guide the choices of consumers, thus defining what are essential standards of a product, although they are completely superfluous and not decisive with respect to the functionality of the asset itself. Let’s forget about the canonical and more traditional concept of design, let’s even get out of the kitchens of the most famous starred restaurants: the protagonists of this complex mechanism are common tea biscuits, golden chicken croquettes and colorful fizzy drinks, today capable of giving real experiences to the insatiable contemporary consumer.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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SHIR HANDELSMAN

born in Tel Aviv, Israel 1989 | lives in Tel Aviv, Israel

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REBIRTH, 2017

Video

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France, Paris Metro. A passageway bordered by turnstiles that allow movement from outside to inside and vice versa. People walk, move in this space respecting the rules of social behavior to be kept in a public space.
Everything seems to show a known and daily situation and the observer is initially reassured, until he realizes that his perception has been altered. Shir Handelsman manipulates the image so that an ordinary situation becomes surreal. In doing so, the people in Rebirth pass the turnstiles and disappear, change their appearance, become another person. “In this way the people in Rebirth, passing the turnstiles, can disappear or totally change their physiognomy.” There is no longer the concept of entering or exiting, the subway becomes a border line, there is an interruption and subsequently disorder.
The artist tries to break the order of a habitual situation to create a new image closely linked to the philosophical and religious notion of rebirth.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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OUELLET KENJI

born in Quebec, Germany 1979 | lives in Berlin, Germany

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IN DOG YEARS I’M DEAD, 2018

Hd video,stereo

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In Dog Years I’m Dead is the audiovisual representation of the controversial contemporary reality. Starting from a canonical situation, far from the current concept of “entertainment”, the Canadian video artist Kenji Ouellet intends to inadvertently create a subtle moment of rupture, thus bringing attention to the main theme. The ballroom, in which young students dedicate themselves to carrying out routine exercises, becomes a pretext to highlight the stimuli and cultural influences that come into contact with the boys and girls of the 21st century on a daily basis. . In fact, we are faced with a generation deeply touched by cultural products of an ambivalent nature, in which television and smartphones play a crucial role, allowing the youngest to access an infinite well of information and knowledge. What is highlighted by the artist, however, is the lack of references, of capacity for discernment and evaluation. This is how personalities like Mikhail Baryschnikov, George Balanchine and Samuel Beckett merge into the common imagination together with those of Kim Kardashian and Sasha Gray, thus irreversibly losing the boundary between what is intellectually valuable and what, instead, falls within the mere popular entertainment.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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FRANCESCA LEONI AND DAVIDE MASTRANGELO

born in Forlì, Italy, 1972 | lives in Forlì, Italy

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ALZAIA (S), 2019

Video

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The work Alzaia (S), inspired by the painting by Telemaco Signorini Alzaia (1864), aims to be a critique of society and its contradictions, which take their first steps in the past, changing with the progress of time and reaching finally ruinously up to the present day. Signorini dealt with the issue of the difficult condition of the working class compared to the indifference of the richer and more affluent social class. The mathematical symmetry of this work is now masterfully taken up by Francesca Leoni and Davide Mastrangelo, thanks to which the dictatorships of wealth and luxury are replaced by a technocracy that is too well known even in our daily lives. Slavery today becomes, therefore, a condition that can be found in the excessive use of technological devices that dot our lives, sometimes making us blind to the very realities that we are experiencing firsthand. The parallelism between the past – and its weaknesses – and the present – with the fears we are experiencing today – creates an indissoluble thread between different timelines, presenting us with a disconcerting anticipation of what could await us in the future. The encounter between ancient and modern becomes the battleground between different worlds, which drag different problems to their feet, but still difficult to eradicate and overcome.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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LAURA MAGNUSSON

born in Winnipeg, Canada 1985 | lives in Montreal, Canada

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BLUE, 2019

Video, film,water

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Alone under the waters of Mexico, nothingness, emptiness. Together with a fur-padded jacket equipped with a hood, winter boots and a water tank, a woman. A woman who walks, digs and exhales with difficulty in absolute silence. Blue is a short film that portrays a weapon of war, an act of aggression and a crime against humanity: sexual violence. This disease that damages everyone is a trauma that lives in the memories of the artist Laura Magnusson, under the ocean waters, in an intimate, spiritual, dreamlike and profound atmosphere. In this psychological view, not only the complexity of the shock is witnessed, but also the ongoing healing process. People are full of wounds, but only some of them manage to heal leaving a scar. A scar that will never make you forget what you have been through. Some anxieties, some traumas, we carry with us everywhere with their irreplaceable pain.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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GIORGIA MARIA MALANDRINO

born in Gela, Italy 1995 | lives in Milan, Italy

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GEOIDENTITY:LOGGING THE BORDER_ ECHOES AROUND THE WORLD, 2019

Video

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People who migrate. People moving to new locations. Our brothers, our relatives, strangers who are looking for a better life away from poverty, hunger, injustice and exploitation. The work Geoidentity: logging the border_Echoes around the world investigates these issues. The artist Giorgia Maria Malandrino, in this short film, has collected different stories, different experiences, different testimonies that have experienced migration firsthand. Voices from South America, Kenya, Syria and the Ivory Coast report their experiences and expose their problems: they are forced to suddenly abandon their homes, leaving everything they have built, everything they have studied for. , documents, certificates, diplomas, leaving out their own identity. This work describes the disappointment, dissatisfaction and frustration of not being able to be what you were in your city, of not being able to find work and continue your studies in other capitals.

Help is needed because lives are all connected. We are all interconnected.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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REBECA MENDEZ

born in Mexico City, Mexico 1962 | lives in Los Angeles, USA

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ANY INSTANT WHATEVER, 2020

Video projection, video art, installation art

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Infinite and irreproducible shades of blue. A chromatic range that conceals the sublime beauty of the immensity of the firmament. Any – Instant – Whatever gives breath, freshness and calm, in this way contrasting and enigmatic sensations emerge in the viewer.
Rebeca Mendez, with her video projection, breaks down and reassembles the daytime sky at any moment, in any fragment capable of reconnecting us to our ever-changing past. Mendez’s artistic research, guided by his interest in perception and embodied experience, explores, from a dynamic point of view, the different ways in which cultures relate to nature, with our bright sky and with its closely interrelated phenomena. His work investigates the thousand possibilities of man, his being an integral part of the universe in which he lives and the evolutionary changes that have shaped ourselves, our planet and everything that hides behind that faint line on the horizon that separates us from an ever more uncertain infinity. Like when, looking up to the sky, we get lost in the immeasurable empyrean full of our hopes and desires, so, observing the artist’s work, we find ourselves dipped in a parallel world through which we can peek into our deepest and most hidden self-inner.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MONO | MENTO

born in Lisboa, Portugal 1986 | lives in Lisboa, Portugal

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RAILWAY TITTLE – TATTLE, 2019

Film projection

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In this casual and unexpected encounter, the ride of a Vienna-Berlin train becomes a non-lieu in which time seems to suspend its frenetic flow and daily life gives way to memories of the past and distant memories. The protagonists of this short film with an intimate and delicate tone, entitled railway tittle-tattle and told by the Portuguese artist mono | ment, two strangers, two distant generations, two stories that are intertwined thanks to that unexpected and surprising confidentiality that can only arise from the meeting of people whose paths have never crossed before. It is during this ephemeral moment of mutual personal acquaintance, during which the story of life experiences progressively reveals the past of the protagonists, that the video artist originally from Lisbon finds the pretext to deal with broader social issues. Through those, if they seem to be simple “chatter between women”, we discover that childhood memories linked to the experience of the Second World War and work meetings with controversial figures are, in reality, closer than we could imagine to our contemporaneity and its complicated problems.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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LEONHARD MÜLLNER, ROBIN KLENGEL & MICHAEL STUMPF

born in Graz, Austria 1987 | lives in Vienna, Austria

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HOW TO DISAPPEAR, 2020

Video game approbriation

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In a context such as the contemporary one, in which the value of a video game seems to be determined by its ability to faithfully simulate real scenarios linked to episodes of bloody violence and irrational destruction, the video artists Leonard Müllner, Robin Klengel and Michael Stumpf intend to bring this peculiar typology of playful experience at a higher level, both in audiovisual and value terms. How to Disappear – through the use of a language that demonstrates a great awareness in the use of hyper-realistic graphics – intends, in fact, to recreate the process of identification that tends to be generated in the user, eradicating him from what are the canonical objectives aimed at the final win. Through a sincere tribute to desertion and peace, we understand how “obedience” and “disobedience” are nothing more than meaningless terms. The playful entertainment generated by the action is now a promoter of rebellion: to be saved is not the one who respects the standardized narrative principles and submits to the rules of war, but the one who has the courage to fight for peace, bringing inside the dynamics of the game are the values ​​and ideals that real life should focus on.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ISABELLA PEREGO

born in Milan, Italy 1996 | lives in Arcore, Italy

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CARILLON, 2019

Video

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Carillon is a hymn to music, to the love between two people, but it also tells about the difficulties of separation and the consequences of loneliness.
The protagonists of the video are a man and a woman who communicate through the melodies produced by the music boxes attached to their bodies. Their music fuels their feelings and changes according to the emotions they feel. Harmony becomes sadder when the man goes away, leaving the woman alone. His music does not stop, but the trend changes and the lack of a companion becomes more and more intense until a small black being shows up at the door. The melody returns more pressing and loneliness seems to be swept away, until it is discovered that that being is nourished by the harmony of the woman, to the point of consuming it.
Isabella Perego uses the stop motion technique to animate a world that bases its communication on musical notes. There are no words, only music capable of being universal and understandable by all.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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LUME PROJECT

born in Verona, Italy 1987 | lives in Verona, Italy

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INUTILE, VIVA, 2020

Video

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Annihilation, loss of everything you are, psychophysical pain, slowdown … this is what we think of the term Alzheimer’s. But the video wants to go beyond the common thought and is a scream, a lament that wants to shake the consciences of all of us, through the narrative voice of grandmother Carmen. With extreme calm, but with a strong audiovisual impact, we are told about his daily life as a person suffering from Alzheimer’s. She wants to tell us not to forget her, but to love her with her limitations and her frailties. Scrolling through the rooms of the apartment in solitude is an invitation not to abandon the sick like her, a request for help and support. The writing “useless” with thin characters is opposed to the writing “alive” in bold because, as the protagonist says, “I have stopped shedding light but I am still alive” and therefore worthy of being listened to and respected. It is a beautiful social message, full of emotion and pathos, in contrast to the fragility of the suffering subject. The soft light, the breeze that enters the room by moving the curtains and the shots full of details and details make this video full of meanings and poetic beauty. The choice to have an elderly person suffering from Alzheimer who tells her state of mind directly, involves and optimizes the viewer more and optimizes the message they want to convey.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MARSHAMSTREET

born in Roma/London, Italy 1967 | lives in Brooklyn, Usa

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WHY AM I EVEN HERE, 2020

Photography ,video,audio

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The pandemic. Ninety days. A portrait. Three photographs a day in the same place. Adolescence, daughter Penelope, the discomfort of not being able to live, share and experience new places and situations. Fear, anguish, estrangement. A family.
Why am i even here is a delicate narrative of a difficult situation. Penelope positions herself every day for three months in front of the camera to face an exhausting condition, the only characteristics of which are isolation and immobility. The days, the months go by and the emotions overlap, get confused, come alive. The center of the triptych represents the state of alienation of this period. An immobile image, always equal to itself, is only the vegetation that changes, which grows luxuriantly while the whole of humanity is still, suspended. The images that flank the central one represent the moods that Penelope experiences day after day. Marshamstreet create a work full of tension and anxiety that is resolved with the absence of humanity.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ANNA SKOROMNAYA

born in Minsk, Belarus 1986 | lives in Genova, Italy

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SWEET CORNER, 2018

Video

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Mechanical actions, decontextualized. Vitreous expressions, absent, lost in a derisory dimension. Condemned souls and subjected to a system from which it is impossible to free oneself. Nameless children communicate, through an accentuated non-verbal language, what lies behind the exploitation of minors by contemporary society. Anna Skoromnaya, an artist in constant search of innovative expressive means useful to give the final work greater multi-sensoriality, tackles the theme of the protection of children’s rights using images capable of telling a story from which the striking contrast between our ideal plan and the real one to which these little ones are forced. A narrative without a happy ending in which the individual protagonists are continually confronted with the harsh and lowest reality that is difficult to change, impossible to counter. The video installation, belonging to the “Kindergarten” cycle, is a highly emotional work capable of transmitting anguish, sadness and resignation through the eye contact of children. Theirs is a fragmented, broken gaze, destroyed by the weight of their existence, a gaze that disintegrates in each of us and slowly dissolves without a trace, like the ultimate image of the child advancing towards the viewer, an image of which only his indelible and touching memory will remain.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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TSENG YU CHIN

born in Taipei, Taiwan 1978 | lives in Taipei, Taiwan

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SHIVERING WALL, 2019

Video, sound, installation

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Chin Tseng Yu uses space, sound and images to create an immersive and alienating environment so that the viewer can be incorporated, not only mentally, but also physically in the installation. Shivering wall consists of four videos projected in a dark room and a loudspeaker produces loud low frequency noise
The atmosphere is gloomy and the images show a party: massed bodies are lying on top of each other and move tired and slow. The only person who seems to be awake is a girl, alienated from herself who seems to want to be elsewhere. A light illuminates the scene showing people, faces, and some parts of the room. Lighting allows you to better focus on the situation, as if it were a presence capable of losing the viewer by the hand, detaching him from his body and showing the estrangement, loneliness and isolation that the human being is able to create. Chin Tseng Yu questions the existence, choices and dynamics of man, showing them in the present time.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia