Identita & Nomadismo

May 6, 2005 - Sept. 17, 2005

Palazzo delle Pappesse

"Each of us - suggests Amin Maalouf, Identity, 1998 - should be encouraged to accept their diversity, to conceive their identity as the sum of its diverse membership, instead of confusing it with a single, upright and supreme for membership instrument of exclusion, sometimes an instrument of war. " The complexity of the issue of identity is addressed with tools and languages ??through the program with multi-dimensional Identity & Nomadism: the contemporary art exhibition at the Palazzo delle Papesse of Siena alongside initiatives for comparison and theoretical production in Siena, in Florence, in Valdarno, Arezzo, Pisa, Prato, Pistoia, Lucca, Massa, Castelfiorentino, Empoli and other locations in the region. Which identity in a historical phase of cultural creolization "where everything is archipelago", as we are taught Edouard Glissant? Identity & Nomadism will present works by: Ajamu, Chantal Akerman, Jananne Al-Ani, Ghada Amer, Carlos Amorales, Nuria Carrasco, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Jon Mikel Euba, Meschac Gaba, Lyle Ashton Harris, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Alfredo Jaar, William Kentridge, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Mario Rizzi, Zineb Sedira, Medhat Shafik, Do-Ho Suh, Kara Walker, Sislej Xhafa, Chen Zhen, Zelimir Zilnik.

Works Shown

Soft Rains #6: Suburban Horror

2003, Installation with video projection

Soft Rains consists of multiple platforms. Each platform represents a familiar cinematic archetype or genre rendered in miniature (60s Arthouse, 70s horror etc). The miniature ‘heroine’ of the work, clad in a distinctive red dress, is pictured in each of the sets. The live feed from each video camera is connected to a computer-based video sequencer, which switches from one camera to another to create an edited sequence appearing as a large scale projection. Suburban Horror uses images inspired by David Lynch's film Blue Velvet and by John Carpenter's Friday the 13th.