proprio aperto


Still


2005, 00:05:56, PAL, color, sound


The video work proprio aperto depicts a winter walk through the Giardini, a site of the Venice Biennale, which traditionally takes place in summer. From offstage, a quiet voice can be heard, speaking a contemplative text about abandoned exhibition buildings, ghosts, and existing in a cultural hegemony. Still images, originally photographs, pan slowly across the frame, giving increasing attention to the varying stages of disrepair of the Biennale’s country pavilions. People can be seen sporadically in the images – a brief interruption of the pervading sense of emptiness. By juxtaposing vacant exhibition spaces with the off-season inactivity on the grounds, this collaborative work makes palpable the power structures, contradictions, and conventions involved in the reception and mediation of art.