A protagonist of the new Italian video art scene, Elisabetta Benassi has created a film for her solo show at Macro in Rome.
A protagonist of the new Italian video art scene, Elisabetta Benassi has taken part in many international exhibitions, from P.S.1 in New York (Special Projects, 2000) to the Berlin Biennial (2001) to Manifesta (Frankfurt, 2002). For her solo show at Macro (Rome), Elisabetta Benassi has prepared a film; an ambitious project in which different themes from her work in recent years converge. In a sort of parable on technological civilization and the threat of its blind advance toward dramatic failure, the protagonists of the film are men wearing prostheses designed by the artist, “motomen” who enact a foreseeable tragedy in a gloomy arena. The catalogue retraces all the artist’s work, with thorough coverage of the work created for Macro. With a fine selection of images, the book features texts by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marco Belpoliti and Gianfranco Maraniello.
Rome, Macro, 2004.