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Riccardo giacconi
Due (Two)
Experimental doc. | 16mm | color | 16'55'' | Italy / France | 2017
"Due" was shot in Milano 2, a residential neighbourhood located just outside Milano. Built as a utopian city between 1970 and 1979, Milano 2 was Silvio Berlusconi`s first ambitious project. It was in Milano 2 that TeleMilano, the first private Italian TV channel, started to broadcast, which made the area the bridgehead of the media and, later, political empire of Berlusconi. Milano 2, which nowadays may seem an ordinary suburban area, has functioned as a laboratory for a form-of-life which, in the decades of the Berlusconismo’s, spread nationally and left a long-lasting mark on Italian culture. The film includes an interview with Enrico Hoffer, the architect that designed the landscaping of the neighbourhood, as well as fragments from a 1974 publicity brochure advertising the real estate project.
Riccardo Giacconi has studied fine arts at the University IUAV of Venezia, at UWE in Bristol and at New York University. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), tranzitdisplay (Prague), MAXXI (Rome), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin). He was artist-in-residence at: Centre international d`art et du paysage (Vassivière, France), lugar a dudas (Cali, Colombia), MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome and La Box (Bourges). In 2016 he was awarded the ArteVisione video production prize, curated by Sky Arte and Careof. He presented his films at several festivals, including the New York Film Festival, the Venice International Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Rome Film Festival, the Torino Film Festival, Visions du Réel and the FID Marseille International Film Festival, where he won the Grand Prix of the international competition in 2015. In 2007 he co-founded the collective Blauer Hase, with which he curates the periodical publication “Paesaggio” and the “Helicotrema” festival.