Site-Specific Performance, Campiello Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, Italy
daily, 7-8am and 8-9pm
Curated by 42projekt, supported by Edieuropa – Qui Arte Contemporanea Gallery, Rome and by Venice Municipality (Assessorato alle Politiche Giovanili e Pace)
I stayed in the campiello every day, early in the morning and at sunset. I waited for passers-by to come, then I asked if I could take their hand and bring them to the other side of the campiello. I was offering an emotional support to cross that place, preventing them from getting lost and feeling alone.
I aimed to intervene in how that historical place is usually perceived by Venetians. I used my constant presence as an emotional strategy: letting viewers get accustomed to being touched, approached, taken care of every single morning, every single evening. Once gone, I wanted the memory of us to leave a permanent trace in their daily journey, making that campiello a place to be looked at with the same depth and intensity that foreigners experience while wandering around Venice.