31 januari - 11 augusti 2019
Medusa is a 360-degree video work that is experienced with a virtual-reality headset. It describes a Europe in crisis, and the events in the film mix fact with fiction. Sara Tirelli has used current news, social media, EU documents and interviews to portray the identity of the EU and the prevailing situation for people seeking asylum.
The title of the work refers to the Greek myth about the gorgon Medusa, whose gaze turned people into stone. It also suggests the historic painting by Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819), which is a depiction of the survivors of a shipwreck and how people are the victims of poor decisions made by the rulers. The Raft of the Medusa, in turn, has similarities with contemporary images of refugees who risk their lives on the way to Europe, while people in Europe are paralysed watching the events unfold on their TV screens. There is an obvious link between the painting and today’s media images of the refugee situation.
A large part of Medusa was filmed at the Borås Museum of Modern Art. A total of 63 mainly local actors participated. Among other projects, Sara Tirelli has collaborated with Agape, an NGO for unaccompanied minors.
Sara Tirelli, born 1979, is an Italian artist and filmmaker, who operates in the borderland between art and the film industry. She graduated with an MFA from the Faculty of Human Science at the University of Bologna, Department of Art, Music and Performing Art in 2003. Her works have been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals, including the Quadriennale d’Arte in Rome, the Architecture Biennale in Venice, and the Rotterdam Film Festival. Sara Tirelli lives and works in Venice and Rome.
This exhibition was produced with support from the IASPIS Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program, Västra Götalandsregionen, Kultur i Väst and Lindholmen Science Park.
Curator: Jonatan Habib Engqvist