Those who go those who stay behind


 3′ 46”, b/w, Venice 2009




I recorded people embarking on the boats in Venice during the Sunday rush hour, in July and August.  Human traffic is regulated by the mariner who opens and closes access to the boat with a chain, blocking the flow when necessary.  So as not to influence the spontaneity of people’s actions and reactions, I organized things in a way that they could not understand whether the video camera was working or not.  Manners, movements and expressions distinguished those who departed from those left behind.  Again, we have the record of a micro phenomenon that conveys a universal meaning of the human condition  where the specific case becomes emblematic.




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