Thomas Hirschhorn - Gramsci Monument
by Angelo Alfredo Lüdin, Switzerland 2015, 94'
CAMERA: Pio Corrado   PRODUCER: Frank Matter 
EDITING: Mirjam Krakenberger    PRODUCTION: Soap factory GmbH 
SOUND: Olivier Jean Richard    LANGUAGE: English, Swiss, German 

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival 2015

Gramsci Monument, an homage to one of the 20th century’s most important philosophers, is the installation which Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn--who was present at this year’s Biennale di Venezia--produced in the summer of 2013 for the Dia Foundation at Forest Houses, in The Bronx, New York. The site-specific monument was conceived as a place made up of different ambient spaces: laboratories for art- and political workshops, a library, and play-areas for children. Famous for provocative works which confront social themes, Hirschhorn lived with the neighborhood’s residents for five months and dealt, not always peaceably, with their different realities and ethnicities. A shared human experience was his attempt to divulge the Italian philosopher’s thought, and to build a temporary monument destined to remain in the collective memory. Director Angelo Lüdin shot the various phases of the work, documenting the active collaboration of a poor and isolated community. 

Angelo Lüdin 
Born in Basel, Switzerland, 1950. Studied photography at the School of Design and Fine Arts in Zurich. His work has been presented in numerous international one-man and collective shows. He later studied directing and worked as an assistant to directors Andrea Breth and Werner Düggelin. He teaches at the HGK Academy of Art and Design in Basel. 

Selected Filmography
2011 Niklaus Troxler - Willisau 2009 Die Marchenkonigin 2006 Trophaen der Zeit

Video introduction by Alessandra Fredianelli

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