videogalleryYervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci LucchiAngels and Warriors of the Cinema part III
videgallery – free entrance
curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Irene De Vico Fallani
The body of objects, people, film, understood as a shell of symbols and forgotten stories, is a recurring theme in the works of Gianikian and Ricci Lucchi.
In Cesare Lombroso – Scent of Carnation, the two filmmakers immortalise the scientific perversion of the Italian criminologist in archiving the somatic features of criminals to distinguish them from the ‘healthy’ part of humanity, while in Ghiro Ghiro Tondo the images of a collection of hundreds of toys that survived the two world wars evoke small worlds and interrupted existences.
The body in Gianikian and Ricci Lucchi’s works is also that of film intended as an aesthetic material or a space of investigation to recover the past, re-read and connect it to the present, as in the work Karagöez filmed with the “analytical camera” invented by the artists and composed of an optical printer and an aerial camera capable of penetrating the frame and highlighting a part or details of it. In the series Electric Fragments, the viewer’s own body takes on an ever stronger role in their research, becoming an integral part of the process of analysing prejudice towards “the other”, of a history of wars and atrocities which, from the French colonies to Afghanistan, is still repeated, inexorably, under the eyes of the West.
header: Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Karagöez – catalogue 9.5, 1981. Video still.Courtesy the artists.