A documentary film by Zaelia Bishop and Emanuele Napolitano
Official Selection of Shorts films Corner – Festival de Cannes 2016
One-off screening on April 19, 2016 at 8pm, followed by debate
With the participation of Valentina G. Levy and Paola Ugolini
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 8pm AlbumArte presents “Chasing Boundaries”, a series of documentary films focused on contemporary art by Zaelia Bishop and Emanuele Napolitano, official selected in Shorts films Corner of Festival de Cannes 2016.
Chasing Boundaries was developed to describe the art practice with a video art approach and it’s another documentary form that defies the plot and the easily digested information and opens sensory receptors to new modes of perception.
The aim is to gather different voices from distant lands, statements of people that dealt with the difficult and impossible and learned to transform those experiences into art. The interviews pull the viewer into the position of the subject and examines how artists work with images of the everyday and give them a different meaning.
This first chapter was shot in Israel where artists are currently responding to political, historical and religious issues by using dynamic and experimental artistic practices. Every interview is entwined with images of the city life and wild scenarios to highlight the connections between art, life, natural forces and human condition. The artists interviewed in Chasing Boundaries are specifically engaged with the process of re-describing what gets made now, dealing with what constitutes the image of the contemporary and with what the contemporary produce.
Artists interviewed: Meital Katz Minerbo, Eyal Yehuda, Gal Weinstein, Assaf Abutbul, Maya Attoun, Nivi Alroy.
Zaelia Bishop / Emanuele Napolitano
Zaelia Bishop and Emanuele Napolitano’s practice is based on observations of encounter, interaction and fusion between image and vision. Their projects examine in particular therelationship with everyday society, identities and connections between images and social behaviour. Documentation, collection, the exploration of the artefactual dimension, re-representations of images and spaces with various media, or creating a new presence for them, form Their practice. Zaelia Bishop and Emanuele Napolitano are interested in considerations of the possibility and impossibility of vision, or how images and visions in general can be practised any more today and exploring the life-span and cycles of an image and its topic.
Valentina Gioia Levy (b.1979) is an art critic, curator and writer based in Rome. Currently she teaches History of Contemporary Art and Design at Accademia ItalianaSince 2010, she collaborated with a number of museums and art galleries and cultural institutions all around the world by the like of The Pompidou Centre (Paris, France); MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Rome, ItalyMOG, Museum of Goa (Goa, India), OFF Biennale Cairo (Cairo, Egypt); RH Contemporary Art (New York, US) and Kochi Muziris Biennale (Kerala, India). At the moment she is guest curator of the forthcoming Dakar Biennale, under the direction of Simon Njami (Senegal, May 2016) and co-curator of LAM 360, Land Art Mongolia (August – september 2016).
Paola Ugolini | lives and works in Rome. She is an independent curator and art critic. She writes regularly for Exibart and Il Giornale dell’arte. Recent exhibitions include: Alice Schivardi, Fondazione Pescheria, Pesaro, 2015, Fair Play. Arte, video e sport oltre i limiti e i confini, Museo MAXXI, Rome, 2014, In queste stanze… Malandrino, Gianni Politi, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, 2014, And What is left unsaid… Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Museo Macro, Rome, 2014. She is part of the Scientific Committee of AlbumArte.
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