For An Urban Story, the artist asked a friend who lives in a small city in Northern Italy to make her a guide tour in
his car around the place. Invited to show the sights related to his personal experience and memory of the place,
rather than those representative city-sights of historical and cultural importance, he introduce the urban landscape
through mixture of general information, anecdotes and comments. The narrator always remains out of frame, leaving
exclusively the panoramic view from the car window to unfold in front of the camera.
Shot in a straightforward documentary style, the video explores the relationship between personal and collective
space and their ways of interaction in the everyday. How their bonding is put in act by the fragments of architectural
forms and individual interpretations of the socio-historical context shaping our living space.
Developed as a commissioned project for a show at Taiwan Art Space TamTam8 (Berlin), An Urban Story exists as
well in the form of video trilogy. To the first video, other two video pieces are added. They are filmed in different locations
- a town in England and a city in Western Germany - and feature different protagonists - an older men and
a young woman - with different relations to the depicted places - a naturalised immigrant and a recent homecommer.
The two videos follow the same concept and structure of the first video.
The storytelling of the narrators and the ‘scrolling’ of urban landscapes weave the apparent anonymity of each.
The work aims to portrait not as much a specific location or person, but rather a more general problematic of
historical legacies, urbanisation, transformation, and the questions of home, displacement and alienation in our
society, in this case the Western European context; the one yet away from those globally well-known metropolises
often depicted as emblematic to identify our contemporary condition.
An Urban Story
DVPAL 16:9, colour-sound
video stills from An Urban Story