IIC Amsterdam 2014

Giovanni Giaretta - La Casa

Giovanni Giaretta

Screening:  The Sailor | The Nightshift | La Casa (Ostinato Crescendo)
Introduced by Sara Giannini
Wednesday, June 13 at 8 pm

Giovanni Giaretta (Padova, 1983) lives and works in the Netherlands and Italy. 
After graduating in Design and Production of Visual Arts at the University IUAV of Venice, he took part in a number of residency programs including: Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris in 2010; and most recently De Ateliers in Amsterdam, and at Deltaworkers in New Orleans (USA). His practice involves video, installation, and photography. Recent solo and group exhibitions: "Intuition" (Venice, IT, 2017), "The Nightshift" (De Kijkdoos, Amsterdam, NL, 2016), "Act AZ. Part 2" (Salzburg, AT, 2016), "Hazy Stories" (with Belit Sağ, Corridor PS, Amsterdam, NL, 2016), "Was it a bar or a bat I saw?" (VZL/Contemporary art, Amsterdam, NL, 2016). 

The Sailor: a voice-over tells the story of a sailor that dreams of a homeland he has never had; day after day the sailor constructs his new native land shaping it to his imagination. Inspired by Fernado Pessoa’s static drama “The Mariner” the video deals with the notion of what each of us addresses as home and foreign and at the same time with issues related to language and its translation.

The Nightshift: an hypnotic voice-over narrates a text based on personal experience as a night porter. Here, the nightshift becomes a metaphor that tells about the mechanics of perception, describing a particular state of mind caused by working at night in relation to an self-generated flmic illusion in which one pretend that it is daytime.

La Casa (Ostinato Crescendo): in horror movies, architecture is often a hidden main character, a frame around which and in which disparate situations weave together. "La Casa (Ostinato Crescendo)" captures a series of stereotypical architectures used in mainstream horror cinema: from the abandoned house, to the imposing Victorian house, to the dollhouse.

On Screening
The Sailor (Video Full HD, 9’, 2017)
The Nightshift (Video Full HD, 7’12”, 2017)
La Casa (Ostinato Crescendo) (Video Full HD, 5'40'', 2018)



Maria Montesi _ Bruire

Maria Montesi
A conversation between cinema and contemporary art
with Alessandra Laitempergher and Massimo Benvegnú
Wednesday, March 14 at 8 pm

Born in Italy in 1988, Maria Montesi is an artist and film-maker currently living and working in Amsterdam. Her studies include a BA in Visual and Performing Arts at IUAV of Venice, a MA in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmith's College of London and (currently) a MA of Voice at Sandberg Institute of Amsterdam. Her recent interest focuses on the place of voice and storytelling in the practice of film-making. Among her group and solo shows are TU35, Museo Pecci - Prato (It), Nation25. The Nationless Pavillion at S.a.L.E. Docks in Venice, SLACK Deux-Caps Art Festival (Fr); Entre-temps, at Espace Le Carré, Lille (Fr), Achemar at Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille (Fr); Open Studios at FKSE - Budapest (Hu), Studio 43, Dunkerque (Fr); La Fungaia / Screening at “12 Ballads for the Huguenot House” by Theaster Gates, dOCUMENTA(13) (Ge), MA Visual Anthropology: Final Film Screening at The Horse Hospital of London (U.K.); Anzitempo, Miami (US).

Selected Films
India Song (Marguerite Duras 1974)
Dis Moi (Chantal Akerman 1980)
Re-assemblage (Trinh T. Minh Ha 1982)


Alessandra Laitempergher (Bolzano, 1971) lives and works in the Netherlands.
Curator and responsible for Exhibitions and Education at Beelden aan Zee Museum (Den Haag) since 2004, she’s specialized in contemporary sculpture.

Sara Giannini is an independent curator, educator and writer based in Amsterdam. Her projects have taken place in institutional settings, urban contexts, and independent project spaces including Jumex Museum (Mexico City), documenta 14 (Athens), the Museum of Modern Art and Casa do Povo (São Paulo), Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, De Appel and Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), 98weeks (Beirut), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven). She currently teaches at the DAI | Roaming Academy and at KABK (Den Haag).

Massimo Benvegnú (Padova, 1972) lives and works in Amsterdam.
Journalist and film critic, he has collaborated with the Venice and Locarno Film Festivals. Since 2011 he works at the Eye Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam as part of the programming team.

Marco Nember (Brescia, 1977) is founder and director of Blue439 Foundation. He's based in Amsterdam since May 2009. He collaborated with Italiaans Cultureel Instituut (Amsterdam), Goethe Institut Niederlande (Amsterdam), Kunsthuis SYB (Beetsterzwaag), Kunstverein (Amsterdam and Milan), De Appel Arts Centre PS (Amsterdam), Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam) and Museum Beelden aan Zee (Den Haag).

Curated by Marco Nember.
Developed in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture in Amsterdam in 2018.