curated by Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & PierPaolo Coro
As part of the project “The Voices of the Sirens” in the spaces of Listen to the Sirens
This second exhibition “Voices from further away”, part of the project “The Voices of the Sirens”, is a double solo show of the British artist and filmmaker Nina Danino and performer and writer Ingibjorg Magnadottir.
The exhibition is dedicated to Gibraltar’s partner in the whole project, which is San Marino. In 2014-15, parallel with the development of the activities of Listen to the Sirens, San Marino supported the production of two works, shown for the first time on this occasion within the spaces of Montagu Bastion.
These are two complex installations with an immersive character, creating an ideal bridge between Gibraltar and San Marino, an unexpected change of scenario in which the different perceptions of places are fused and simply listening to these voices, which appear so distant from Gibraltar, suffices to construct a collective imagination, recount a place and discover a story.
Nina Danino, Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara, 2015
Besides being an important figure in contemporary experimental cinema, as a film director in numerous works Nina Danino has explored historical issues and questions of identity related to Gibraltar, her home. Hence the invitation to produce a work for San Marino acquires an even greater value within the general framework of the project. The artist worked independently in relation to the purely filmic language but following certain strands that over the years have characterized her specific research in film, such as the survey of the theme of the sacred (The Silence is Baroque, Communion), or the development of stories and research devoted to female figures (Stabat Mater, “Now I’m Yours”) and the dimension of an intimate and private narrative (First Memory, Apparitions). The result is a complex research project that recounts the small religious community of the Poor Sisters, nuns in the Monastery of Santa Chiara in San Marino. Silence, singing, prayer, the sacred space and the life of the sisters are combined in a mixed-media installation with interviews, documents, texts and an amazing sound installation with the singing of the nuns at its heart: at once individual and choral, like their community life.
Ingibjorg Magnadottir, Distance, 2015
The work of Ingibjorg Magnadottir is rooted in literature and theatre. In her works, sometimes performances, sometimes films, the artist mingles unconventional and non-narrative elements stemming from the surrealism of the most psychoanalytical Breton, the Dadaist power of Tzara and the Nordic contribution of the neo-avant-gardes of the sixties: Fluxus and SUM, from Dieter Roth to Magnus Palsson. In this short film we find some themes dear to the artist, such as personal relationships, the relationship between mother and daughter, but also an atavistic and primitive relation between nature and humanity, between spaces, forms and behaviours. In this universe, the emotions immediately become gestures without being sifted by reason, the dialogues are fragmented and cryptic and some details are lost. Though the overall meaning of the story is powerful and immediate.