Andrea Bordoli, Andrés Baron, Jeannette Muñoz, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Ben Rivers
curated by Jessica Macor and Yimei Zhang
18.09.2021 - 16.10.2021
Opening on Saturday September 18 from 6pm
Persistenze focuses on artist films made in 16mm, an unstable format prone to decaying. From the ruins aesthetic to a stratified approach of History, from the meditation on destruction to the trompe l'oeil,, the works on display offer a reflection on the possibilities of perception of the passage of time through the observation of changes in places and landscapes.
Despite the fact that the world of the moving image has undergone a process of massive digitisation in the last 20 years, some authors who have been evolving since the 2000s in the grey area between experimental cinema and contemporary art installation persist in using 16mm film, almost as an act of resistance. By doing so, they create artworks that are capable of questioning the processes of physical and cognitive transformation of familiar environments through a medium such as film, that is doomed to become a ruin itself due to the properties of its material support.
During the exhibition, the audience will be able to witness the "life cycle" of a film: by dint of passing through the projector and the looper, certain colours will change, scratches and new marks will appear, echoing the degradation of the walls of the buildings filmed, the evolution of the landscapes, the sense of transience of the image, opening up glimpses that inspire new interpretations and possible alternatives.