Description: This project consists of a video projected onto a translucent backing affixed to a building’s window. The video will be visible from both inside and outside, whereas the soundtrack will only be audible outdoors.
The project’s title, La dolce vita, clearly refers to Fellini’s film of the same name. The main character of the film, Marcello, is struggling with his identity and is insecure about how to respond to the opportunities he is presented with. This insecurity is portrayed in a series of seemingly mundane scenes, including the famous scene that takes place at the Trevi Fountain. Marcello’s ordinary evening ends up not being so sweet after all. The fountain becomes a metaphor for the turmoil that dwells within us behind what is an apparently smooth surface. What was before a place of enchantment and meditation now becomes a delirium when seen from the inside. The very action of floating a camera a few millimeters from the surface is enough to change appearances and bring up all the turmoil. That is when the familiar becomes strange.
I explore the strangeness that we see every day in public places. Humans waver back and forth between withdrawal and reconciliation, transience and permanence, constraint and freedom, concern and safety. Everyday life is an organized chaos. The world’s energy is hidden in this chaos that is sheltered by daily life. Its shy appearance stimulates emotions and questions. The means we use to record life – photography, videos and sound recordings – help us represent the realities that we witness on a regular basis. I present my photographs as installations. My videos are made using either a regular camera or other unconventional cameras. They are centered, and imitate the musical rhythms and repetition of poetic rhymes. The inconclusive aspect that founds Far Eastern art has fascinated me for a long time. In this style of art, opposites coexist, and there is no need to choose between one and the other. I find this inconclusiveness in everyday life.