ATPdiary invited some curators to point out three international artworks that summarize – or are meaningful of – three historical periods. 

One from the past, even very distant.

One from the present, focusing on the contemporary moment.

One from the future, with a strong perspective, in a nutshell, towards what’s next. 

Francesco Urbano Ragazzi

ROOOOOOM CINEMA

Due camere e cucina sono abbastanza per un amore incendiario. A volte può bastarne una, di camera.

E non c’è nulla di domestico. Niente a che vedere con le mostre fatte in casa!

Colossal daily kammerspiel. 

Past —

Kenneth Anger, Fireworks, 16mm film, 13:31 min b/n, 1947.

“In fireworks are released, all the explosive pyrotechnics of a dream. The inflammable desires, dampened by day under the cold water of consciousness, are ignited at night by the libertarian matches of sleep, and burst forth in showers of shimmering incandescence. These imaginary displays provide a temporary relief.” (Prologo al film)

Present —

22 minutes, 2011 | A 4 channel video installation based on youtube material made by individuals filming themselves in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Yemen, and Libya.
Part of my exhibition: The Uneasy Subject @ MUSAC (Spain)
Dedicated to Liliane Giraudon.

Akram Zaatari, Dance to the End of Love, 4 channel video installation, 22 min col, 2011.

“Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin 

Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in 

Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove 

Dance me to the end of love 

Dance me to the end of love 

Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone 

Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon 

Show me slowly what I only know the limits of 

Dance me to the end of love 

Dance me to the end of love”

(Leonard Cohen, Dance me to the End of Love)

Future — 

Sarah Abu Abdallah, The Salad Zone, single channel video, 21:27 min col, 2013.

“Documentaion. Documentation.

It is an entire lifestyle based on generalization. There are prescribed formulas to live a beneficial life. Wrong and right, strong and weak, realistic and unrealistic. There is so little room for abstractions. I search their faces looking for my own. But no luck.”

  • Kenneth Anger, 1947. Fireworks. Fireworks by Diana Luganski
  • Kenneth Anger, 1947. Fireworks. Fireworks by Diana Luganski
  • Kenneth Anger, 1947. Fireworks. Fireworks by Diana Luganski
  • Sarah Abu Abdallah, The Salad Zone, single channel video, 21:27 min col, 2013 (still)
  • Dance to the End of Love, Akram Zaatari, 2011
  • Akram Zaatari, Dance to the End of Love, 2011, installation view, FACT, Liverpool. Image courtesy of Liverpool Biennial and FACT, Liverpool.
  • Akram Zaatari Dance to the End of Love, 2011. Installation view at Musac. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir Semler Gallery