Tone Gellein, Kalle Hamm, Dzamil Kamanger:

Notes on Pasolini


The artists were all at the same time in residency in Circolo Scandinavo, Rome, 2012. They noticed that Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ouvre has had a great influence for all of them, for each of them in its own way. The idea of a group exhibition came about. Year 2015 was chosen for the event, 40 years since Pasolini’s murder.

“The libraries are full of studies on Pasolini. However, we wanted to return to his original works of art and reflect on why his works were so significant for us back in the day and what makes them still current. We never intended to do an all-embracing analysis of Pasolini’s oeuvre, instead the exhibition consist of fragmentary notes gathered from our individual observations and experiences watching and reading his work and of the parts that still speak to us on a personal level.”

Tone Gellein has been researching her long-standing attraction to Pasolini’s work, particularly the films Teorema and Accattone dealing with religious and political issues. These issues border on philosophical and artistic discourses on the soul, spirituality and so forth, formed by Kandinsky, Leibniz and Deleuze. Pasolini’s ability to work parallel with text and image forms part of that discourse. The main character in the film Accattone (beggar) is a major point of view in Pasolini’s artistic and political standing: The use of none-actors, the poetical framing and the introduction to a dream world. Re-enactments of scenes from both films are presented in video and photos.

Kalle Hamm got interested in Pasolini’s homosexuality and how it has influenced his career, how it occurs in his early texts and his last unfinished works. Hamm is presenting a new video piece, based on the early letters of Pasolini and a drawn map of Sodom which Pasolini describes in his last texts.

Dzamil Kamanger shares Pasolini’s interest in minority languages and experiences of detachment and alienation. Kamanger identifies strongly with these feelings through his own personal history. He exhibits new bead knitting works, which are based on Pasolini’s poetry book covers and film stills.

The exhibition is supported by:
Nordic Culture Point
Kone Foundation
Arts Promotion Centre, Finland
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice

Beate Juell
Hans Erik Raustøl
Atopia film/video, Norway
Edwina Goldstone
Ray Langenbach
Egle Oddo
Circolo Scandinavo, Rome
The Pier Paolo Pasolini Study Center, Casarsa della Delizia

Past program