video, color, sound, 11’00”,
(video stills), sound (http://www.ctv.va)

On June 22, 2014 Pope Franciscus, visiting the region of Calabria in the South of Italy, expressed for the first time an official excommunication against the ‘Ndrangheta, a Mafia-type criminal organization, centered in Calabria. I was interested in the power of the word as a performative act. The excommunication by the Pope of the criminal organization (which means excluded from the religious community), is not enforced by the police but lay on the value of the words resonating in the conscience of every single person. To question the value of the spoken word and in relation to its performer, I divided the voice from the body, the words from the Pope. I performed the speech lip synching the voice of the Pope in different settings and backgrounds. One, is recorded in front of the old olympic stadium of Amsterdam

Public screening:

Gallery 1646, The Hague (February 2015)


Exhibition view at 1646 (link to the event):

(foto: Floris Kruidenberg)

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Pierfrancesco Gava

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