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(click on the image to watch a video excerpt)

A GLORIOUS SOCIETY (2015)

video, color, sound, 35'00, new and found footages

    Contemporary media images, produced by political or religious institutions, are constructed to affirm their power. But what happens when images contradict sound or voice? What difference does it make for the effectiveness of the political message that the person speaking the words is not the person mouthing the words on screen? Dismembering a speech from the applause, a voice from the speaker, a leader from his audience, I create awareness about the manipulative status of the original image. Manipulating footages posted on YouTube, I enact a strategy to disturb the viewer’s perception of the images and to interrupt the consensus that generally is given to it. 
   
    If power is essentially the ability to govern, why has to take the form of ceremonies, protocols, mediatization? As the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben states, acclamation is a powerful tool that survive in modern society in the form of public opinion and mediatization from early christianity and roman empire. If the media are so important in modern democracy, this is not simply because they allow to control and govern the public opinion, but also because in this way they distribute glory and therefore power. My project investigate the strategy with which power structures, as politics and church, use their own image in the public media.

Public screening:

THE GREAT ESCAPE (2015)
Graduation Show Master Artistic Research - Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague.
Exhibition curated by Maziar Afrassiabi & Jack Segbars
 exhibition view (foto: Katarína Gališinová)

THE FINE ART OF PEACEMAKING (2015)
The Hague Peace Projects in collaboration with exhibition space GEMAK, The Hague
(click here to read a report of the event)

FRAME OF MIND (2015)
De KIJKDOOS Project Space, Amsterdam
(De Kijkdoos)

OVER GRENZEN, DE MENSELIJKE MAAT (Across borders, the human dimension) 2016
# Aftrap4 - ARTtrium
Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelatie (Ministry of Interior), The Hague
(Exhibition catalog)



generale              both


              
angeli               public



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maria and parliament


How are words transformed into power and how do they gain authority? What happens when images contradict sound or voice? What difference does it make to the political message that the person speaking the words is not the person mouthing the words on screen? The video's of the project IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM explore the performativity of the political and religious speech through the disembodiment of the voice and question the value of the spoken word in relation to its performer.

maria and the pope
(click on the image to watch the video: password MAR2015)

CONSENSUS (2015)

video, color, sound, 12'26", (video stills) new and found footages (Youtube / http://www.ctv.va)


Public screening:

IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM  (2015)
Gallery 1646, The Hague (February 2015)
(1646.nl)

THE GREAT ESCAPE, Graduation Show Master Artistic Research - Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague.
Exhibition curated by Maziar Afrassiabi & Jack Segbars (July 2015)

FRAME OF MIND (2015)
DE KIJKDOOS Project Space, Amsterdam
(De Kijkdoos)

OVER GRENZEN, DE MENSELIJKE MAAT (Across borders, the human dimension) 2016
# Aftrap4 - ARTtrium
Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelatie (Ministry of Interior), The Hague
(Exhibition catalog)

In my latest work, I have been dealing with the Pope's speech given to the European parliament on the 25th of november 2014. The religious leader was invited by Martin Schulz, the president of the european Parliament, during his previous visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013. If  there is a separation between church and state, why did the european parliament invite the Pope? Could it be that, through the invitation, the parliament admits indirectly that it has lost its power to think and implement solutions that could bring a real change in the present crisis? Europe is going through an economic crisis as well an identity crisis. The European Union is also confronted with the upcoming radicalization of Islam and terrorist violence. Therefore Europe by going back to it's Christian roots and, through the authority of the religious leader, tries to bring back unity, identity and especially power, in terms of authority. To reclaim its power, politics brings the ‘sacred’ into its environment, like the ancient kings needed the divine investiture to legitimize their role.

The whole speech is a 35 min. speech. I reduced the footage to 13 min.following the strategy of consensus. That means that I selected all the sentences / part of the speech at which the audience applauded. With the shorter speech, I want to question the power given to the speech, related to the function of who is declaiming it, regardless of the content of the speech.




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excommunication

Excommunication (2015)

video, color, sound, 11'00", (video stills), sound (http://www.ctv.va)


excommunication


  EXCOMMUNICATION (2015)
video, color, sound, 11'00", (video stills), sound (http://www.ctv.va)

Public screening:

IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM  (2015)
Gallery 1646, The Hague (February 2015)

On June 22, 2014 Pope Franciscus, visiting the region of Calabria in the South of Italy, expressed for the first time an official excommunication against the ‘Ndrangheta, a Mafia-type criminal organization, centered in Calabria. I was interested in the power of the word as a performative act. The excommunication by the Pope of the criminal organization (which means excluded from the religious community), is not enforced by the police but lay on the value of the words resonating in the conscience of every single person. To question the value of the spoken word and in relation to its performer, I divided the voice from the body, the words from the Pope. I performed the speech lip synching the voice of the Pope in different settings and backgrounds. One, is recorded in front of the old olympic stadium of Amsterdam


me and aernout

In conversation with Aernout Mik (2015)
video, color, sound, 14'17", (video stills)
1646 The Hague (February 2015)
(publication of the Conversation -  1646 Gallery)

The conversation between me and Aernout Mik was part of the the exhibition at 1646 in The Hague. Aernout and I discussed the work process but also the general topics addressed by my video, such as the value of the political and religious institutions, and the manifestation of their hierarchical power through media and appearance. To challenge even more the hierarchical value of voice within our meetings, I proposed to Aernout to record our conversation and later to lip synch each others voice. The content of the conversation belongs to the real speaker but the voices are switched. Can this manipulation disturbed the viewer’s perception of the value given to the content of the conversation?

Public screening:

IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM  (2015)
Gallery 1646, The Hague (February 2015)


          
aernout panoramica          aernout closer


maria           piero
          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (foto: Floris Kruidenberg)


exhibition view at 1646 (http://1646.nl/projects/the-ongoing-conversation-22)



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mare nostrum mare
(click on the image to watch the video: password MAR2015)

MARE NOSTRUM (2014)

  mare nostrum sommozzatore

mare nostrum disperato              mare nostrum galleggianti

mare nostrum mano papa

MARE NOSTRUM (2014)
video, color, sound, 6'41", (video stills) / footage Youtube

Public screenings:
 
BAK Basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2014)

Circular Permutation-in between negative space, W 139 Amsterdam (January 2015)

My work Mare Nostrum was developed during a collaborative research with the refugees collective We Are Here (part of the Learning Programme host by BAK). Composed of footage found on YouTube, the work deals with several aspects and consequences of migration from Africa to Italy for both the refugees and the hosting country: the dangers of the sea, rescue efforts by Italian institutions, the gestural responses of a religious leader, and reactions of ordinary people to what is often called an invasion from Africa. The images, originally published by YouTube subscribers, demonstrate how the phenomenon of migration has captured peoples imaginations from humanistic, religious, and political points of view. The work also draws attention to the context of the footages initial publication and circulation, largely driven by the media, which decide what to and what not to show in an effort to sway public opinion.


 
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mapping the lady IV

MAPPING THE LADY IV (2014)
Quartair Contemporary art initiatives - The Hague

The "popular religiosity" is the expression of the religious sentiment of people. The Church, through the centuries, established in modern devotion, a separation between personal and institutional religious attitudes. This separation as a warning against dangerous elements in the popular expressions for the power concealed by the canonical dogmas. My artistic practice explores the field of tension and mutual dependence between these two opposites, as a metaphor of modern power strategies.

Exhibition:

QUARTAIR Contemporary art initiatives - The Hague

MAERCHE CENTRO D'ARTE (MCDA) - San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy


mapping the lady IV

MAPPING THE LADY IV (2014)
(installation view)



mapping the lady

MAPPING THE LADY IV (2014)
(installation view)



church vs centeno


church vs centeno   church vs centeno

CENTENO VS CHURCH 2014 / video, color, no sound, 2'31". (video stills) / footage Youtube

A recent confrontation between the "popular expression of religiosity" and the institutional dogmas of the church is the event of Centeno (Argentina) where a woman, in 2010, claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary who indicated her a source of healing water. The Virgin also performed and still do, many healings through the seer’s laying on of hands. The laying on of hands is a ritualact in which a priest or other religious functionary places one or both hands palms down on the top of another person’s head, usually while saying a prayer or blessing.The church use this ritual act, primarily in the rites of the dedication and commissioning of ministers.One year later the archbishop of Santa de la Vera Cruz (Argentina) declared the untruthfulness of the Marian apparitions in Centeno, because of the disapproval of the woman’s practice of blessing the faithful.


mapping the lady IV

MAPPING THE LADY IV (2014)
(launch of the pendulum, burning the thread which hold the bob in its starting position)

The pendulum of Foucault (1851) as a symbol of the scientific world, used to smash down by chance the Maria's of clay. The installation is a comment on the institutional power of the church hidden behind the rules to proceed in the discernement of presumed apparitions or revelations.



mapping the lady IV

MAPPING THE LADY IV (2014)
(installation view)




mapping the lady IV

MAPPING THE LADY IV (2014)
(installation detail)




mapping the lady  mapping the lady

MAPPING THE LADY IV (2014)
(installation detail)