Rossella Biscotti
Carola Bonfili
Alice Cattaneo
Alex Cecchetti
Paolo Chiasera
Danilo Correale
Andrea Dojmi
Michael Fliri
Giulio Frigo
Christian Frosi
Anna Galtarossa
Nicola Gobbetto
Francesca Grilli
Simone Ialongo
Marzia Migliora
Valerio Rocco Orlando
Nicola Pecoraro
Alessandro Piangiamore
Farid Rahimi
Maria Domenica Rapicavoli
Davide Rivalta
Marinella Senatore
Luca Trevisani
Nico Vascellari
Enrico Vezzi


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23 January 2009 – 29 March 2009
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The Distance to the Sun, 2007
super 8 video converted to DVD, 29’00’’ min.
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Photo: Valentina Muscedra
The film was made in the vicinity of the S-4 and Area 51 military zones in Nevada, mysterious regions where imponderable events are rumoured to take place. The famous Area 51 is in the middle of a rocky desert set amid high and inaccessible mountains. It hosts the most secret military base in the world, run for decades by the US Army which conducts its underground nuclear tests there. Many claim that it also conducts experiments there with extraterrestrial UFO's. This is the set in which Dojmi has chosen to situate his film, which he filmed using the Super 8 mm format so typical of the sixties and seventies. The landscape and characters fuse together, creating an experience midway between fantasy and reality, between mysterious events and memories. In Western iconography, the desert has always been the symbol of a search for the self, a scenario for existential reflection. That is why Luis Buñuel used this arid stage in his short film entitled Intolerance - Simon and the Desert, to show man coming face to face with his own inner nature. The trip undertaken by the character created by Dojmi is the narrative framework within which a dreamlike search for identity takes place, through the impressions sparked by the alleged alien kidnappings and rediscoveries that have occured in this area and in the desert context.
The Distance to the Sun, 2007
super 8 video converted to DVD, 29’00’’ min.
Courtesy the artist