From the curator: The studio complex Cinecittà, known as Italy's "factory of images," manufactures realities for film and television and circulates them as fictions gathering together different constituencies. At the same time, these fictions are housed in a built structure that, though remaining invisible behind them, occupies more than 500.000 sqm within the city of Rome and is submitted to its changing logics throughout history, its legal frameworks and associated processes of land speculation. Access to this enclave is a precious (and restricted) asset, since its activities congregate an influential set of actors playing roles not only in film, but in broader cultural and economic networks.
The installation Cinecittà Occupata borrows its name from the 2012 occupation of the famous roman film studios, by workers in protest against their recent business strategies, which workers saw as dismissing their expertise and turning Cinecittà's interests away from film and toward projects that depend on the entanglement of image production with the entertainment and tourism industries. As squatters, they are the most recent occupants of the studios, "Cinecittà okkupata."
Beyond this polemic, Cinecittá Occupata showcases the studios' different kinds of occupations—considering both the fictional spaces that gather us, and the spaces of fiction production—and reflects on Cinecittà as a laboratory for the scrutiny of post-industrial societies—one that has been continuously negotiated and contested.
Thomas Kelley provided four drawings for the exhibition.
Ignacio G. Galán
June 7 - November 23, 2014
14 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia
Corderie dell'Arsenale, Venice (Italy)
Design and Construction: Ignacio G. Galán and Jose Ahedo; Graphic Design: Cyrus Penarroyo; Diagrams: Jose Meza; Text Editor: Jacob Moore; Structures: Juan Rey; Textiles: Bat Spain; Web Design: Luis Mesejo; With video by Hugo Kenzo, drawings by Thomas Kelley and photographs by Begoña Zubero.
Miguel de Guzman