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Palazzo Ducale | DOUGLAS GORDON. Gente di Palermo
Douglas Gordon, Gente di Palermo, 2017, Videoinstallazione.

Palazzo Ducale

DOUGLAS GORDON. Gente di Palermo

Palazzo Ducale
San Marco,1 30135 Venezia
Phone +39 041 2715911
Fax. +39 041 5285028

Installation 13 May- 24 November 2017 Doge’s Palace – Prisons _ Douglas Gordon (Glasgow 1966) presents in Venice the world premiere of his video installation Gente di Palermo! (Citizens of Palermo), which includes a reassembled home movie he shot in the Cupuchin Catacombs in Palermo, an underground cemetery which houses thousands of exposed embalmed corpses. The mummies, either standing or lying down, are divided into gender, age and social categories. While visiting the children’s wing, Gordon came across an abandoned inflatable dolphin fluttering freely among the corpses. Gordon has often focused in his art on the juxtaposition of doubles and opposites: here the macabre contrast between life and death, between the playful aspect of the inflatable dolphin and the dramatic nature of the context, is encapsulated in a few frames whose heavy pathos derives from their warning of the brevity of life, but also from the macabre and ironic presence of a toy that belongs more in an amusement park than a cemetery.

Curated by: Mario Codognato
Exhibition co-produced in collaboration with: Venetian Heritage Onlus,В The British Council,В Canon


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