Bankleer e Florian Malzacher
On June 24, within the appointments “Villa Massimo in città”, the bankleer duo presents, in dialogue with the curator Florian Malzacher, their new film Taumelnde Leere (Unsteady Void), a video essay made in Rome between winter 2020 and spring 2021. The video traces the movements and actions of the two performers while crossing the city by night; they weave a strong dialogue and reflect on their role in the public space, the relationships between past and future, as well as the ecological crisis and the fragility of the present. The two artists move in an urban space emptied and quieted by the Covid19 restrictions, underlying a different and surprising dimension of the city.
Three large sculptural heads depicting Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany), Mario Draghi (current President of the Council of Ministers and former President of the European Central Bank) and Dutty Boukman (pioneer of the Haitian revolution of 1791) accompany the performers along their nocturnal walk alluding, with their grotesque and disturbing presence, to the role of contemporary financial systems in shaping the lives of people.
The screening will be followed by a conversation between the bankleer duo, the curator Florian Malzacher, and the curators of Hidden Histories, addressing the main themes of their artistic research and focusing on the contents and the process of making the film. The event is supported and organized by the German Academy in Rome Villa Massimo, in collaboration with MAXXI – The National Museum of 21st-Century Arts.
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