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20/01/2023 - 04/03/2023

Contemporary - Film


Diego Marcon - Monelle

Tue-Sat: 11-6pm

Sadie Coles HQ presents a solo exhibition by Italian-born artist Diego Marcon spotlighting his acclaimed 2017 film Monelle–to mark the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and in the UK.

Diego Marcon has earned wide recognition for a conceptually rigorous practice that focuses on the moving image; encompassing film, video installation and sculpture. His works reflect a nuanced investigation of cinematic archetypes, combining both theoretical and structural approaches, and their rich narrative potential to express profound psychological and emotional states.

Rendered in 35mm film and CGI animation, Monelle explores the manifestation of power and oppression, and the capacity of a place to bear the imprint of past violences. The film centres on a group of young girls that lie sleeping amongst the monolithic spaces of the Casa del Fascio in Como, Italy–a building designed by renowned Italian Modernist architect Giuseppe Terragni, as the headquarters for the regional Fascist Party under Mussolini.

Made visible only momentarily in bursts of flashlight, the girls and their surroundings are witnessed for just long enough for the viewers’ gaze to register, before abruptly dissipating into prolonged sequences of darkness.


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