Presentation of the film My Heart is a Void, the Void is a Mirror – Odessa Episode shot on the shores of Lake Odessa by Gian Maria Tosatti, in conversation with Cristina Rota – Project Manager of The Blank – and Lorenzo Quagliozzi.
My Heart is a Void, the Void is a Mirror – Odessa Episode is a film born from the backstage of a large environmental art installation created in Ukraine by Gian Maria Tosatti during the most challenging stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. The entire journey and the work process, which took place on the beach of a salt lake on the outskirts of Odessa, had their own epicity that director Lorenzo Quagliozzi has chosen to address from outside the documentary logic. The author chooses to set the tone on the narrative of a real adventure experienced by a group of men who arrived in a solitary and ascetic place to talk about the crisis that the world is experiencing. Within the film, in a constant blurring of boundaries, montage elements taken from the history of Russian cinema interact with the creation of an original work of art. In the conversation that follows the film teaser – still in progress – Tosatti and Quagliozzi discuss the meaning of evolving a simple documentary film project into something hybrid and more complexly articulated that ends up becoming one with the experience of the work itself. Made in collaboration with Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Моє серце пусте, як дзеркало – одеський епізод (My Heart is a Void, the Void is a Mirror – Odessa Episode), is part of the Diptych of Trauma, a project promoted by The Blank Contemporary Art with the support of the Italian Council (7th Edition, 2019), a program for the promotion of Italian contemporary art in the world by the General Direction for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture.
Thanks to the ISL interpreting service and subtitling, the events are also accessible to the deaf audience, to which The Blank has dedicated the accessibility project LISten Project.