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by Diego Marcon
Italia, 2017, versione da proiezione: 16’
Original Format: film 35 mm, animazione CGI, colore, suono
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
© Diego Marcon, courtesy the Artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London
screenplay and editing: Diego Marcon
photography: Pierluigi Laffi
visual effects: Diego Zuelli
sound: Federico Chiari
production: In Between Art Film
Young girls lie asleep in the Casa del Fascio by Italian rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni, near Como, an important example of 1930s Fascist architecture. A flash illuminates the surrounding space: images appear, the darkness falls again. Disturbing animated CGI figures surround the girls: presences engaged in mysterious activities, visible only when their images are revealed by the flash. Long darknesses are filled with mysterious sounds: heavy steps, bodies dragged along the ground, dull thuds, echoes booming in halls and corridors. Diego Marcon’s new work is a hybrid of structural film and horror, a work that circumscribes a place of ambiguity, promiscuity and pure terror, taking advantage of the place’s alienating modernist aesthetic, and the contrast between 35mm and digital animation formats. The film’s repetitive structure creates a constantly disappointed sense of expectation, in an atmosphere suspended between alertness and a deliberately unexpressed narrative potential.
Diego Marcon (1985, Busto Arsizio, lives and works in Milan). Recent solo exhibitions were held at Fondazione Trussardi- Teatro Gerolamo Milan (2023), Davies Street, England (2023), Museo Madre, Naples (2021), Galleria ZERO, Milan, (2019), Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore/LASALLE, Singapore (2019); Triennale di Milano (2018), Careof, Milan (2015). Two solo shows are currently in progress at Centro Pecci, Prato (2023/24) and Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2023/24).
Selected Filmography
2021 The Parents’ Room; 2018 Ludwig; 2017 Il malatino; 2017 Monelle; 2017 Untitled; 2015 Untitled (Head falling 01, 02, 03, 04, 05); 2015 Untitled (All pigs must die)