Rä di Martino

The Portrait of Ourselves

Monica De Cardenas, Milan

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Rä di Martino
The Portrait of Ourselves
2 min 30 s
Format & Technical

HD video in loop
Edition of 3

If imagination is a place wherein it rains – asserts Calvino, paraphrasing Dante – and therefore not closed, Rä di Martino’s art is an open space open to memory, to irony, to fun and riddles, all elements which bring about an overturning. This action is not only a reference to the work The Portrait of Ourselves in which, after a series of close ups, you see a girl upside-down held by her ankles by a man. Better still, the image of this brief video is a pretext to indicate a referral to an attitude. Hanging upside-down, flipping over, looking with your head upside-down, are all expressions tied to playing, to that simple but wonderful process of “as if”: fiction. “Fiction is usually seen as an escapist entertainment”; it happens in playing, it happens in dreams, it happens in stories and you see it at the movies or read it in books. An overturning from the plane of the real to that of the fictitious under the egis of the simulation of thereal, a device which inevitably grasps our attention. The young girl is upside-down, and yet she’s got a full and tranquil look. Like the figure of the hanged or hung, 12th card of the major arcans of the tarots. Despite the fact that it refers to the traitor, the figure refers to an attitude and a perspective which in fortune-telling is associated with the ability to go beyond conventions and observe the world from a more spiritual point of view. In representing the world of the dead, the human figure is upside-down as well. An upside-down world, which nonetheless reflects the real.