Trilogy of decadence 1 – Laboratoire Italie
The first act of the trilogy of decadence – A voice in control, an image in black and white. An aseptic, scientific environment, similar to the object on the foreground. The main characters in this work by Marcantonio Lunardi are three small worms which fight in order to avoid falling down a vial placed below them. However, they are not alone, as there is also the strong, charismatic voice of a politician who has been omnipresent on the parliamentary life in Italy for the past twenty years: Silvio Berlusconi. The artist has chosen not to show his face. His voice, his discourse is all that remains. The delay between what is heard and what is seen creates a short circuit which helps us in understanding the meaning of what the politician is saying; the animal, thus, become a metaphor for the Italian people. “Laboratoire Italie” is the strong image of a Country that struggles against an economic but mostly moral crisis where art seems to be the only way to assert disagreement.
Selected for Festival internacional de cine y video experimental Vallecas Puerta del cine – Madrid, INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL VIDEOHOLICA`2011 – Varna – Bulgaria, Ars retorica: Words tell the world / Les mots dénotent le monde – A video exhibition with / Une exposition vidéo avec: Hakan Akçura Liselot van der Heijden Marcantonio Lunardi – a cura di Irene Panzani – Paris, CRAC Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea – Cremona, Videoart Yearbook 2011 – L’annuario della videoarte italiana – Università di Bologna – Dipartimento delle Arti Visive.