Elena Bellantoni

Elena Bellantoni fugitive Elena Bellantoni is a video artist and a visual researcher. She lives between Rome and Berlin where in 2008 she founded a space for Art and investigations between different practices 91mQ art project space. She is a cofounder of Platform Translation Research Group. Elena graduated at Rome University “La Sapeinza” then she got an MA in Visual Art at WCA University of Arts London. She showed her work in different video festivals and exhibitions: at the Volksbuehne Fatzer Kurzfilmkino in Berlin a video festival curated by Bruno Di Marino, she exhibited in Rome at Museum Mlac, Weisser Elephant Galerie in Berlin, at The Pan Museum in Neaples, at the Tenth Barcelona Contemporary Art Festival BAC!, Video in Progress 3 Photon Gallery in Slovenia and in many others places. In 2008 Elena Bellantoni got a scholarship from GAI and the Italian Minister for Young People to go to Santiago De Chile to produce a video work. During the 2012 she exhibited: at Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien in Berlin with In Other words curated by Paz Guevara and Elena Agudio, at Macro Museum in Rome exhibition Re-generation curated by Ilaria Gianni and Maria Licata. Her next solo project will be at Muratcentoventidue Gallery in Bari curated by Eleonora Farina.

Showing at the ikono On Air Festival: The Fugitive (2009)

The Fugitive Elena Bellantoni The twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall sparked a renewed interest in understanding the political struggles that divided a nation for over forty years. In The Fugitive, Berlin-based artist Elena Bellantoni tells the story of an anonymous character who one day finds himself transported into a different state of reality. Secure in the familiarity of his own room, the man peers into a mirror and compulsively dives through it, as if pulled by a gravitational force. He tumbles out of a box into an open space. A large wall creeps into the picture as he pushes the box away. Trapped and scared, he attempts to escape through a hole in the ground. When he re-emerges on the other side of the wall, he is immediately apprehended by two imposing figures. It is here that the protagonist as well as the police assume their actual faces and identities, ultimately humanizing this particular slice of history. By way of minimal illustrations that are animated in a constant process of drawing, erasure, and re-drawing, The Fugitive bears evidence of the artist's hand. The darkening page, filled with indelible marks and smudges, functions as evidence of make-belief, of a fantastic narrative that acts as a buffer between the story and us. Bellantoni confronts us in the final instant with a chilling photographic still that unveils the truth: our cartoonish figure is in fact a real person. As the viewer's fictional lens is abruptly shattered, so too are the hopes of this man to live in freedom. - Article at Juliet Magazine: Action to Inhabit, Transformation to Discover: Elena Bellantoni

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