OLDER THAN LOVE, SELF-PUBLISHED
Limited edition of 100 numbered copies
Swiss stapled book with embossed cover
Designed by Melissa Pallini
Texts by Daniele De Luigi, Hind Mezaina and Martina Zanin
Older Than Love is a multimedia artwork that takes the personal relationship of the artist with the father as a starting point, developing it through the metaphor of the hawk and its prey, and creating a parallelism between animal and human aggression. The artwork deals with the theme of aggression and the associated sub-themes, such as fear, anger and love, emphasizing that in every bond of attachment is inherent an element of aggression. The multimedia installation is composed of photography, archive material, video, and sound, in order to make manifest, through the solicitation of all the senses, the aggressiveness and ambivalence of relationships, and their perception. The artwork intends to focus on how seemingly normal behaviors can be interpreted negatively and, on the contrary, how negative behaviors can instead be normalized within relationships, prompting the user to reflect on the nature of aggression – whether an instinct or a learned behavior. Evocative photographs and archive images overlap creating a parallelism between the male figure and the bird of prey, and different levels of reading between past and present. The video repeated in loop presents a montage charged with tension, alternating between the point of view of a bird of prey and that of its prey, until the capture. Finally, the audio is a collage of different recordings of a male voice repeating daily phrases in an aggressive, cold and detached, tone.
Edition of 800 copies
Otabind with handmade ripped cover
Designed by Martina Zanin & Melissa Pallini
‘It was summer and as many children did, I spent my days in a summer camp. One night I was very excited when I came home and after having had dinner with my grandmother I went upstairs, where my mother and I lived, with the intention of going to sleep. As I entered, I saw my mother and a man sitting on the couch watching television. My mother asked me how my day had been and I couldn’t stop myself from showing both of them what I had learned. I started dancing and singing in front of the television for about 10 minutes, until the man interrupted my performance by saying “It’s late, I’d better go.”, followed by my mother’s glare towards me. Having said goodbye to the man, my mother came back in the house yelling at me: “How is it possible that you make them all run away?”.’
I Made Them Run Away is a multi-layered story weaving together family images and photographs with texts written by the artist’s mother. It brings together memories from the past and feelings of the present to investigate the dynamics of relationships – the need for attention, the expectations that cause disillusionment, insecurity and judgment. Shifting between the different points of view, Zanin depicts the recurring complicated triangle relationship between she, her mother and the “man”, not constant, mostly represented as an absence in the work.