All that is solid melts into air | Mark Boulos

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All that is solid melts into air

Marc Boulos

curated by Marta Margnetti and Stéphanie Rosianu

29.01-03.03.2016

 

Opening 29.01 at 6pm

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Le ricerche di Mark Boulos ruotano attorno ai concetti di militanza ed estasi, di rivoluzioni e terrorismi, di miracoli e santi. I personaggi dei suoi film sono in costante lotta con le strutture che li controllano, come quelle del linguaggio, del genere, di Dio, del capitale e dello stato. I video di Boulos si collocano a metà strada tra documentario e finzione: i fatti non vengono riportati in maniera oggettiva, ma raffigurati attraverso credenze personali. L’artista fa dunque spesso riferimento alla religione e alla mitologia, con immagini che ricordano i dipinti e l’iconografia premoderna. I personaggi, che non fanno parte della finzione, sono condotti attraverso assi femministi e antimperialisti.
Lo spazio Sonnenstube presenta l’opera audiovisiva “All that is solid melts into air”, composta da una doppia proiezione. La prima è realizzata al Chicago Mercantile Exchange durante il primo giorno della crisi finanziaria nel 2008. La seconda proiezione presenta un documentario che l’artista ha girato sul Delta del Niger, all’interno del Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), un’organizzazione armata che combatte le imprese petrolifere. Lo spettatore si trova quindi tra i due schermi, in uno spazio vuoto che sta a rappresentare la trasformazione della materia grezza in capitale.

CREDITS:
Durata: 14’20”
Media: high-definition video
Produttore: Pinky Ghundale
Editori: Emiliano Battista and Bert Hunger
Sovvenzionato dal Arts Council England through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network

Con il sostegno di Prohelvetia, Oertli Stiftung e Città di Lugano

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The researches of Mark Boulos are about militancy and ecstasy: revolutions and terrorists, miracles and saints. The characters in his films constantly wrestle with the structures and institutions that would control them, including language, reason, gender, God, capital, and the state. Their actions are also a performance: they rebel against the small roles that society has casted for them, they reimagine themselves, and then they act as their greater selves. Boulos’s videos can be placed on the thin line between documentary and fiction: the artist doesn’t report objective facts, but he represents subjective beliefs so devoted that it becomes real. The videos often quote from religion and mythology, and the images recall pre-modern painting and iconography. But the characters are non-fictional, and the narratives are driven along the political axis of feminism and anti-imperialism.
The Sonnenstube Offspace presents the audio-visual work “All that is solid melts into air”, a two-screen video installation about petroleum as an object lesson in commodity fetishism. For the first screen, he filmed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange during the first days of the 2008 financial crisis. For the other one, he filmed tribal warriors in Nigeria fighting against the oil companies that are destroying their environment and colonizing their lands. The viewer stands in between the two screens, in an empty space representing the dissolution of raw material into capital.

CREDITS:
Duration: 14 minutes 20 seconds
Medium: high-definition video
Producer: Pinky Ghundale
Editors: Emiliano Battista and Bert Hunger
Funded by Arts Council England through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network.

With the support of Pro Helvetia, Oertli Stiftung and Città di Lugano



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