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Cesare Viel

Galleria Paolo Vitolo

An actor read a long text from a video screen. If one listened closely it became clear that it was a particular type of monologue, directed toward someone who seemed to be far away. One soon discovered that what was being read was a letter, or really four letters, one after another. The voice emanating from the video screen, located in a corner of the gallery, created an invisible diagonal trajectory that propelled the viewer toward the side wall. There, four photographic panels without frames—hung at a slight distance from the wall seemed suspended in the space between speaker and listener. The panels depicted the studio where the video was taped, but the actor was no longer there. What the viewer saw in the photographs was the architectural and technical shell where the actor’s recitation had been filmed—the space inhabited, not by speech, but by silence. The only testament to the reading

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