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Giulio squillacciotti
What Has Left Since We Left
Experimental fiction | 4k, Video File | color | 21'15'' | Italy / Netherlands | 2020
On February 7th 1992, the Treaty on European Union was signed in the Dutch city of Maastricht. Decades later, the representatives of the last three countries left in Europe meet again in the very same room where it was signed, this time to deliberate on the permanent shutdown of their Union. In what seems to be a looped therapy session, the three characters - helped by a British interpreter as a self-appointed analyst - try to deal with their feeling of loss. The conversation allows their political and personal bonds to be woven together metaphorically, compelling them to face their identity crisis and acknowledge what is left, what no longer is and what still could be of their Union.
Giulio Squillacciotti (Born in Rome, Italy 1982) Artist and film-maker lives and works between Milan (I) and Maastricht (NL). He studied Medieval Art History in Barcelona and Rome, where he earned a BA in Humanities from Sapienza University and holds a MA in Visual Arts from the Venice University of Architecture IUAV. His work is mainly oriented on storytelling, cultural apexes and the way traditions re-shape in new contexts. His research merges together fiction and historical facts. Using film, documentary, sound and set design, Squillacciotti produces research-based investigations that revisits history, crafting new stories from subjective perspectives, religion and popular culture. His work has been exhibited and screened internationally at, among the others, the Dutch Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, Les Rencontres Internationales at Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, La Fe?mis and Gayte Lyrique in Paris and Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brest (F), at the Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Neues Museum in Weimar (D), Screen Space in Melbourne (AU), the Manifesta 8 in Murcia (E), Le Magasin CNAC in Grenoble (F), AKV of Den Bosch (NL), Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture (TR), the Beirut Art Centre in Lebanon (RL), the New York Photo Festival, Dumbo Video and the Columbia University in New York City (USA), Art Institute of Boston (USA), the Los Angeles Now Instant Image Hall (USA), OCAT in Shanghai (PRC); in Italy at PAC, Triennale, MACRO, MAXXI, 16th Quadriennale of Rome, MAMbo, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and at the Official Competition of the 33rd, 35th and 36th Torino Film Festival.