"The video Greenness is a homage to the American writer-philosopher Henry David Thoureau. Here a physical landscape repeatedly visited (the place where Thoureau spent his voluntary isolation in nature, in a house situated on the shores of the Walden pond, in Massachusetts) is evoked by a single word, “greenness”. The meaning of this word sends back to an abstract concept, a dimension of “absolute wilderness” that the artist tries to seize, spreading on a small canvas some layers of various tonalities of green, and listening to a reading of some pages from Walden. But the accelerated rhythm of the images with the voice create from the beginning the impression of short circuit in which sounds and gestures follow phrenetically each other collapsing."
Davide Ferri in "Flash Art" N.260, Ott-Nov. 2006
L'HISTOIRE DE LAYE, 2OO7
A project of Oona Ibar
From an Idea of Antonio Rovaldi
Withe the collaboration of the Cap Denaz School of Dance of Popenguine (Dakar-Senegal)
Editing and Photography: Antonio Rovaldi
Sound Design: Piernicola Di Muro
Post production: Kyo film studio
A production of: Lord Brummel, Kyo film studio, 2007
In the little Senegalese village whose name is Popenguine on the Atlantic Ocean, a director of a small dance school under construction and his students, every day before the sunset, recover and practice traditional dances and musics from their country within a small star shape school attending a roof for being completed. A village, its people, a little house where everyday all the dancers and musicians goes in order to eat and to pass the time. The history of a group and a small hamlet on the sea that has found music again, after years of Hush.
“Time would pass, old empires would fall and new onestake their place. The relations of classes had to change before i discovered that it’s not quality of goods and utility that matters, but movement, not where you are or what you have, but where you came from, where you are going and the rate at wich you are getting there”. C.L.R James
Scala, once channel installation, 8'40" loop, digital, color, sound, 2000
all images © Antonio Rovaldi