Laboratoire Italie / 2:00 minutes
Artist name: Marcantonio Lunardi

1° part of the trilogy of decadence. A voice in control, an image in black and white. An aseptic, scientific environment, similar to the object on the foreground. The main characters in this work by Marcantonio Lunardi are three small worms which fight in order to avoid falling down a vial placed below them. However, they are not alone, as there is also the strong, charismatic voice of a politician who has been omnipresent on the parliamentary life in Italy for the past twenty years: Silvio Berlusconi. The artist has chosen not to show his face. His voice, his discourse is all that remains. The delay between what is heard and what is seen creates a short circuit which helps us in understanding the meaning of what the politician is saying; the animal, thus, become a metaphor for the Italian people. “Laboratoire Italie” is the strong image of a Country that struggles against an economic but mo- stly moral crisis where art seems to be the only way to assert disagreement.

Born a Lucca (Italy) 1968. Lives and Works in Lucca and Instanbul. Director, cameraman, documentarist, Marcantonio Lunardi has practiced, since the beginning of his experience, a contamination of visual techniques, which is the most significant feature of his work. Graduated from the Festival des Peuples, hestudied, among the others, with Daniele Gaglianone, Leonardo di Costanzo, Giuseppe Napoli, Gherardo Gossi, Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller, Luca Gasparini. By following the master class with Michael Glawogger, Sergei Dvortsevoy, Thomas Heis, he has been able to deepen his knowledge of the directing art and of its hardest aspects. By placing his work between the traditional documentary genre and the visual experimentation , Lunardi has tried to mingle the specific technical and linguistic knowledge he acquired in different forms of expression, and he is constantly searching opportunities to connect the ones with the others. His instinctive curiosity has also induced him to a confrontation with music: in fact, he realises stills to accompany sounds, he organises them and transforms them, thus creating what he defines “a video score”. One of the most significant features of his work is the development of a poetic of exploration of the relationship between the aesthetic and political content. The action is the recurrent theme of his production : action as historical memory, but also as a representation of the present which wants to overpass itself and its symbolic stillness. Time, expressed through images, becomes for Lunardi a central element of reflection on the human nature, both individual and collective, always taking into consideration the culture from which it was born. Action, time and humankind are the key-terms of his visual language, placed each time into the social situations which become the objects of his narration and of his own experience.



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