Rock Monody, 2016
Audio Installation. In collaboration with opera singer Martin Reisbacher
Special thanks to Marco Jurien and Paul Devens
Venues: Gallery Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL), Cacaofabriek Helmond (NL), Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht (NL)
‘Rock Monody’ is a singing stone originating from the Italian Dolomites. Standing in a room painted in a shade mimicking the colour of the moss growing on the stone, the singing stone is weeping about his brutal abduction from the Abruzzian mountains, a place where he stood undisturbed for millions of years. The song the stone is singing was composed by an unknown musician from the same region in the 19th Century, and is used in this region as a Lamento, a song about grief. The song is re-performed by opera singer Martin Reisbacher. In a broader sense, the work formulates a subtile critique on the everlasting colonial gaze, originating from the European colonial culture from the 17th and 18th century, resulting in the tradition of taking objects from exotic countries with oneself in order to display them when returning.