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by Valentina Furian
Italia, 2019, 1’53
Presented at Lo schermo dell’arte 2020 in occasion of the exhibition Resisting the Trouble – Moving Images in Times of Crisis The film is part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images – 9th edition
Through dreamlike allegorical representation, 55 reflects on the crisis in the relationship between human beings and animals. A dog, symbol of fidelity and man’s ability to tame nature, barks nervously at a burning house, signaling alarm. The domestic dimension has lost the value of refuge and protection: the scene conveys disquiet. The video installation creates a soundscape divided into eight audio channels, which combines the crackle of the fire and the barking of the dog with nocturnal ambient sounds. The images are transmitted in a loop, which gives the illusion of being faced with a fire and a perpetual state of emergency.
Valentina Furian (1989, ITALIA). Her work analyzes the relationship between man and nature. The artist is particularly interested in exploring animal domestication as a form of human domination and human domestication in relation to social rules. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries and no profit spaces such as: UNA Galleria Piacenza, MUSE Trento, MAXXI Rome, Sunaparanta Center for Contemporary Art di Goa, Method Gallery, Soho House and ArtOxygen in Mumbai, BACO, The Blank Contemporary Art in Bergamo, Musei Civici Bassano del Grappa, Case chiuse, Careof, Viafarini, Dimora Artica, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa in Venice, MAMbo Bologna.
She attended the Visual Arts course at the Iuav University of Venice and at the École des Beaux Arts de Nantes.