/Uncinematic. George Drivas

La Galleria Nazionale

Viale delle Belle Arti 131, Roma


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22 June – 24 September 2017Current exhibition
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30am – 7:30pm
last entry 45 minutes before
closing time
Opening: Wednesday, 21 June 7.30pm
Admission: €10 full, €5 concessions
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/Uncinematic. George Drivas showcases a selection of filmic works made between 2005 and 2014 by the Greek artist George Drivas, who currently represents Greece at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017.

Drivas creates narrative videos based on motionlessness, and in most of his works he makes use of a remarkable sequence of images which he alternates rhythmically so as to bring to the foreground the underlying link that has always joined photography and cinema, causing the fertile connections that unite static image and dynamic image underneath to resonate: «Each of my works develops along two directions: on the one hand, linearity, narrative, the tale of something that advances and develops, and on the other, the surreal, the pause, that forgetting how it will end up, frozen in the moment that is photographed…».

Indeed, for Drivas it is a question of creating a new conception of space vs. time, a new way of introducing and/or following a story via the construction of a «“sped-up slowness”, similar to the non- rhythm of dreams, a quickness perceived almost hypnotically, so that time and duration become almost irrelevant».

His investigation during this decade involves experimentation on the still and moving, narrative or non-narrative, image and a quest for an abstract language as regards both content and form. His films could be set anytime and anywhere, in future or past times, as they convey both a futuristic and a retro mood. The images of the cold modernist architecture captured by his video camera and photo, project an ambiance of melancholy and alienation, while the urban landscape sets the stage for the key issues addressed: existential quests, human relationships, lack of communication, sexual desires left unfulfilled in a society of surveillance.

Image Credits 1–3 George Drivas, Kepler, 2014. Single channel video Duration 14’. Color, stereo sound. Commissioned by PCAI - Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative ; 4–George Drivas, Closed Circuit, 2005. Single channel video. Duration: 4’29’’. Black and white, stereo sound5–7 George Drivas, Empirical Data, 2009. Single channel video. Duration 34’. Black and white, stereo sound ; 8–9 George Drivas, Sequence Error, 2011. Single channel video. Duration 11’. Color, stereo sound. — All images Courtesy of the artist ;
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