The Silent Ray
2019, single-channel video, 18’38”
The short film focuses on the figure of the artist’s grandfather as he recalls the events from the colonial war that Mussolini’s Italy waged against Ethiopia shortly before his death in the early 1970s. The setting is a reconstructed model of the room that for many years served as his study. Oscillating between memory and hallucination, the work is a fictional rendition of the delirious musings of a terminally ill man in his failed attempt to rationalize an unfulfilled thirst for transcendence. The recollections however could be those of any of the soldiers who took part in the colonial war, or those of an entire generation.
Italy / 1980 born in Rieti, Italy, now living and working in Rotterdam