Vittorio Santoro, Untitled (Mask), 2007
Untitled (Mask), 2007
Walls, white paint, two-way mirror, 3 fluorescent tubes, DXG 48 devise, MP3 player integrated into vintage radio (world receiver), audio file (voice: James Lord), wood plate, newspaper clipping (page of The Guardian, September 2007)
Dimensions vary with installation
“A male voice plays a vital role in the recent installation Untitled (Mask) (2007). The work consists of a whitewashed generic booth fitted with a two way mirror and housing a table and vintage radio – the staged source of a monologue (compiled from a wealth of historical descriptions) on a particular African mask. Fluorescent tubes determine the view from both sides of the portal resulting in a Postmodern game of peek-a-boo that queries the validity of the cultural processes through which one learns to ‘see’. As they fade in and out of illumination the viewer is by turn granted visual access through the structure and presented with their own reflection. This combination of elements – the sterile art setting, evocative vocal and ‘World Service’ implications of the device – pitch one along the ethnographic path between mystical notions of ‘other’ (and their (mis)appropriation in Western art practices) to the politics of authority and scientific protocol.”
Catalogue Shifting Identities – (Swiss) Art Now, Kunsthaus Zurich, JRP/ Ringier, 2008
Vittorio Santoro ( b. 1962 in Zurich, Switzerland ) is an artist living and working in Paris and Zurich. Recent solo projects include Vittorio Santoro: Filmic Works at the Centre Pompidou, Paris ( 2012 ), It Was the Opposite of a Voyage, Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris ( 2012 ), Owls Turn Their Entire Head To Change Views at the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris ( 2012 ), Les vingt-quatre heures, Galerie Campagne Première, Berlin ( 2011 ), Visionaries & Voyeurs, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin ( 2011 ). His group exhibitions include, amongst others, Correspondances (Mail Art) at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris ( 2013 ), Le Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris ( 2012 ), Les feux de l’amour at the FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux ( 2012 ), Shifting Identities, Kunsthaus Zurich ( 2008 ) and Learn to Read, Tate Modern, London ( 2007 ).
Photos by Alain Kantarijian. © Alain Kantarjian.