Un Libro di Specchi

A Book of Mirrors

Installation, mixed media (handwritten paper scrolls; handwritten book of mirror with leather cover; a table two chairs and a ladder with handwritten interventions)

2014

 

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A chameleon. I was a chameleon. Focus only on the real animal for a moment. Forget the figurative sense belonging to this word. I’m not saying you can’t trust me. I’m not saying I’m opportunistic. Focus your attention on this ambiguous, odd, but beautiful reptile that is familiar with the rules of camouflage and can live with them. And please, again, forget all the immediate mental associations you have. I loved writing, I love the power words have.

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[eng]

For some months I have been collecting stories of ghost writers from different countries, working for politicians, journalists or even students, which then I converted into a subjective reflection and a multiplicity of reflexes on the relationship between the ghost writer and the commissioner, on the possibilities of delegating the intimate act of writing, as well as on the distant genealogies of this job which seems so perfectly fit for our time.

Un Libro di Specchi brings the spectator in the set of a theatre piece when the main character has just left. The set build a cubist portrait of this fictional ghostwriter and traces of her/him are spread in his/her studio. Short fragmented texts are hand written on the essential elements that identify the space: a desk with a ladder ending on the roof, a book of mirrors, two chairs and rolls of wall papers.

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[ita]

Un Libro di Specchi porta lo spettatore sul set di una pièce teatrale in cui il personaggio principale è appena andato via. Il set costruisce un ritratto cubista di un ghostwriter immaginario e le cui tracce sono diffuse nel suo studio. Brevi frammenti testuali sono manoscritti sugli elementi essenziali che identificano lo spazio: un tavolo con una scala che finisce sul soffitto, un libro di specchi, due sedie e rotoli di carta da parati.

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Un Libro di Specchi (2014) is part of an ongoing research on ghostwriters. It was produced and conceived for the space of Tranzit. Ro, in Bucharest for the solo show curated by Raluca Voinea, during a residency made possible by a grant from nctm e l’arte.