Battaglia delle Melette 1917

Battaglia delle Melette 1917

Battaglia delle Melette 1917 detail view

2018

400 x 170 cm

colour spray on enlarged photocopy of pages in a book on WWI printed in the 1930s in Italy

The image shows mountains in the Veneto region where in November and December some of the most fatal battles between then Austria-Hungary and Italy were being fought. The battle of the Melette was one of the decisive battles to put an end to the Habsburg Monarchy. The colour spray highlights areas that show smoke clouds after explosions.

  Battaglia delle Melette 1917  detail view

Battaglia delle Melette 1917 detail view

  Battaglia delle Melette 1917  detail view

Battaglia delle Melette 1917 detail view

Carnevale

Carnevale

2018

mixed media: confetti on lint-roller trips tackered together to make a curtain

Curtain made with surface material taken from the last hour of Carnevale (2018) on Piazza San Marco, Venice. Decadence peaks as the celebration nears its end: a battlefield of left-overs awaits cleaning on the night from Mardi Gras to Ash Wednesday. In its metamorphosis from solid ground to traversable wall, the collected confetti reminds us of the cyclicality of traditional celebration and carries moral connotation. The transition from a time of festivities to a time of temperance, a shift from sinful gluttony to virtuous composure is a theme known throughout (Art)history, probably most famously rendered by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in Carnival vs Lent.

Figures of speech in various languages liken the ball-room or the banquet to a battlefield. Party’s Over puts a magnifying lens on the notion of endings to beginnings after periods of over-saturation, exaggeration and political dominance.

  Carnevale  detail view from the back

Carnevale detail view from the back

Carnevale (Relic)

Carnevale (Relic)

2018

confetti on lint-roller strip under plexi-glass vitrine

8 x 13 cm

Carnevale (Relic) is the remnant of a gesture and captures a moment in time as a souvenir, a sample or a relic.

Carnevale & Northern Italian Battlefield 1918

Carnevale & Northern Italian Battlefield 1918

left: view Carnevale

right: Northern Italian Battlefield 1918

2018

120 x 90 cm

right: colour spray on enlarged photocopy of pages in a book on WWI printed in the 1930s in Italy

The photograph shows a missile explosion in an unidentified region of Northern Italy in the last year of WWI.