the
monarch

2021

SINGLE-CHANNEL 2K VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO SOUND, 8 MIN 53 SEC. PRODUCED WITH THE SUPPORT OF OGR-OFFICINE GRANDI RIPARAZIONI TORINO WITH VISIO/LO SCHERMO DELL'ARTE.











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the work was first conceived during the lockdown of march 2020, when I thought I could use the time to study for the "life in the uk” test and apply for british citizenship. going at the same time through my old archive of photographs, i had found some pictures of butterflies i had shot at the v&a in 2010, the year i moved to London. confronted with the request of having to swear to “be faithful and bear true allegiance to her majesty”, i thought of the last decade's precipitating world events as recalled, rhythmically as much as with calculated vacuity, by the queen in her christmas broadcasts. that is how i started cutting-out the butterflies photographs, ironically missing the famous monarch species and animate them as if there is no gravity, in a suspended time, both dead and alive. alongside the queen’s voice, sampled and re-arranged into a speech of speeches, shifting ages and genders, dead and alive.

Mark