Opening "FIAT 633NM" by Eleonora Roaro
New exhibit for the Project Room with the video installation "FIAT 633NM" by Eleonora Roaro, winner of the “Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere” public call
Eleonora Roaro
11 December 2021
16:00 – 18:00

A new venture curated by Cinzia Compalati for the CAMeC Project Room which hosts the video installation “FIAT 633NM” by Eleonora Roaro, the winning project in the public competition “Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere” promoted by the Directorate General for the Promotion of the Country System of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.
This Milanese artist was one of the 20 candidates selected out of the total of 93 for the Under-35 Section. The work of Eleonora Roaro will enter the collections of the CAMeC.
The project, based on her family archive made up of about 360 photographs from 1937-38, is a critical analysis and deconstruction of the colonial exploits of that time in Italian East Africa which have often been erased from the collective memory or nostalgically falsified. The video focusses on 52 images of FIAT lorries. Since the infrastructures were for Mussolini a tool of propaganda for emphasising aspects of modernity and progress, the FIAT trucks become a symbol of colonial rhetoric. The images of the lorries interact with the 1930s scenic postcards of the Ethiopian desert, which allude to the colonial idea of unspoilt land to be conquered. These are assembled to create an imaginary landscape, with a background of tape loops of Washint (the traditional Ethiopian wooden flute) prepared by Emiliano Bagnato. The main soundtrack instead is a reworking of the ‘30s military march “Second Askari Eritrean Fantasy”.
Eleonora Roaro (Varese. 1989) is a visual artist and researcher. She studied Photography (BA – IED, Milan), Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies (MA – NABA, Milan) and contemporary Art Practice (MA – Plymouth University, Plymouth). Her research focuses on moving images, with a particular interest in video, archival practices and archaeology of the cinema. Her work has been shown since 2011 in numerous museums and galleries such as La Triennale (Milan), Fabbrica del Vapore (Milan), Casa degli Artisti (Milan), MACRO (Rome), CAMeC (La Spezia). E-Werk (Freiburg), Maison de la Culture (Clermont-Ferrand), La Friche (Marseilles), the University of Udine for the project “Enhanced reality and virtual reality for promotion of the artistic and cultural heritage”; and in 2020 she was resident artist at the Casa degli Artisti (Milan). For 2020-22 she is part of the winning project of the MISTI Global DEED Fund of the MIT (Boston) and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region entitled “Sensing Dolce Vita: an Experiment in VR Storytelling”, co-funded by a grant from the Adolfo Pini Foundation (Milan).

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