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.











STILLS FROM VIDEO.

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cut-outs of butterflies photographs, which I took at the natural history museum in london the year I moved there as a student, float to the rhythm of a hypnotic remix of words and sounds, sampled from queen elizabeth II’s christmas speeches broadcast in the ten years since. the video-work condenses the intensity and insecurity permeating the socio-political events that have characterised the last decade into a baroque and tragicomic narrative, as vacuous and subtle as the original one. the cut-out butterflies, ironically missing the famous monarch species, are animated 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