Requiem to a Fatal Incident

  • :Janis Rafa
  • 4K video, 5mins, 16:9, stereo, 2015
  • @Beau Rivage

As in much of Rafa’s work, catastrophe and death are represented as the result of some larger calamity with non-anthropocentric, socio-political or cultural roots. The video reconstructs an event from news coverage. The lifeless animals on asphalt depict a tragic episode based on the paradox of premature death of non-human beings from human intervention. The fireworks, as yet another type of requiem, are devoted to their loss. Cinematography Thodoros Mihopoulos GSC. Sound Aris Athanasopoulos. Supported by AFK and Mondriaan Fonds

About artist

Janis Rafa lives and works between Amsterdam and Athens. She was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten 2013-2014 and holds a PhD in Fine Art. In December 2018 she present a solo exhibition at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. Currently she is in development of her first feature film supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Netherland Film Fonds and the Greek Film Centre.

Her work has been shown at Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi (2017); Centre d’art contemporain Chanot (2017); Benaki Museum 2017; EYE Film Institute (2016); Kunstfort Vijfhuizen (2016); VISIO European Program on Artists’ Moving Images (2015); 56th Venice Biennial (parallel event, 2015); ART-O-RAMA (2014); State Museum of Contemporary Art (2011); Manifesta 8 (2010); Whitechapel Gallery & Project Space Leeds (collaborative project, 2009); Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art (2009), among other venues. Her work is part of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam collection.

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