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Terra Degli Dea Madre

Copyright Date:
1984

Copyright Holder:
Uwe E. Laysiepen and Marina Abramovic

Artists:
Laysiepen, Uwe E.
Abramovic, Marina

Extent:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 313 (1987)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Background:
Broadcast as a segment of Episode 313 of the 1987 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 313 (1987)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

In this work, written and directed by Uwe E. Laysiepen and Marina Abramovic, a camera pans across the rubble of a Sicilian landscape, moving in and out of toppled columns and large bricks like a searching eye. In the background, a woman's voice melodically (almost hypnotically) recites text in Italian. Occasionally we see gatherings of men standing in stillness amidst the ruins. The scene moves to the interior of a house, where women are seated in silence in a parlor and around a large table. The camera continues to "wander" through the surroundings, as if seeking something. The work plays with the concepts of exterior and interior and of masculine and feminine. The work is just under 16 minutes in length.



Directors:
Laysiepen, Uwe E.
Abramovic, Marina

Producer:
Continental Video (Executive Producer)

Funder:
Prins Bernhard Fonds, The Netherlands

Subjects:

Sicily (Italy)





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