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Archive VASA video series ... Almost Friends

A selection of Italian artists curated by Carla Della Beffa

The video series "Almost Friends" covers four installments –
September, October, November and December 2017.

Installment 1 – September 2017

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Elena Arzuffi
Giovanni Bai
Alessandro Brucini


Installment 2 – October 2017

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Carlo Dell'Acqua

Debora Hirsch
Stefania Migliorati
Giancarlo Norese

Installment 3 – November 2017

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Federico Pagliarini
Chiara Pergola
Cesare Pietroiusti

Installment 4 – December 2017

Italy December

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Devis Venturelli
Liliana Carugati
Lorenzo Baldi

Almost Friends

The conceptual difference between video and film lies not as much in the support, since today many films are somehow digital anyway, as in the language. If I had to define it, I would say that video is usually based on a single idea, visual or other, not on telling a story with a start and an end. It might tell a story, actually, but it will sound and look different from feature films narration: for some authors, the mix of techniques tells the two levels of fact and feeling; for others, a simple image can be exploited for minutes and enter into a never-ending loop; some joke, or hint at emotions, with flashes of very few seconds.

Being invited by VASA project to curate a selection of Italian videos and films, I chose artists I know and appreciate: some of my colleagues and almost friends. Most of the selected videos are by visual artists that work with moving images as well as with other media. One of them produces great videos but defines himself a painter. A few are film- and documentary-makers. Some prefer to express themselves with performances. Others still use drawings and animation.

Techniques and subjects are different, and vary from one artist to another: homages to other artists and intimate, everyday details; works about economy and visions of cities; poetry and technology; performances and interviews.

With my review, I aim to give an overall idea of of what happens in Italy in the field of moving images: not an impossibly complete catalog, but a multi-faceted sampling (in alphabetical order) of good, varied, significant works by people I like.

The series will include four installments: September, October, November and December.
Each installment will be archived. All works remain under the © of the author.

About the curator :

Carla Della Beffa is a video, photo and relational artist and curator. Formerly art director and creative director in international advertising agencies, she has had experiences (and exhibitions) as a painter and a net-artist. Carla lives in Milan but is actively involved in international residencies, exhibitions and festivals.








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