The Rubin Sacro GRA
2013, Italy/France, Gianfranco Rosi, 83 min, Italian with English subtitles
Introduced by Italian photographer Gabriele Giugni.
"In 2013, this fascinating, almost experimentally unclassifiable film by Gianfranco Rosi won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival. It is an enigmatic non-fiction essay, a docu-prose-poem about the peripheries of urban life in Rome. The GRA is the Grande Raccordo Anulare, or main ring road, the concrete ribbon that encircles Rome. Rosi has gone out and interviewed the people that live and work around this circular margin. He shows two prostitutes who live in a campervan, an eel farmer, women who dance at a roadside cafe, construction workers reburying bodies, people who rent out their villas for parties and an ambulance crew, who whizz eternally around the GRA. The effect is weirdly urban pastoral. It turns out to be a very beguiling, utterly uncliched love letter to Rome itself." - The Guardian
Clemente on Sacro GRA: “The work that Gianfranco Rosi has made so far is extraordinary and I considered him, I asked him permission to consider him my spiritual twin because he only looks into the darkest place and he draws out of this darkest place light.”
About the Speaker
The Italian born photographer Gabriele Giugni experiments with light boxes and projection installations. Through his extensive travels, he has grown very interested in the journeys, paths and movements that unconsciously indentify us.
He received a BA from John Cabot University in Rome, a Masters in Human Rights from LUISS University and a degree from ICP in New York. He has had solo exhibitions in a large variety of galleries and institutions across the world, including the Museum of Montalcino, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Museum of Contemporary Art DonnaRegina, Galleria dell Orologio, Galleria Martadro Cochabamba, Galleria Nota and Galleria Pino CasaGrande in Rome, amongst many others. His group shows include the 54th Venice Biannual, Scope Art (Art Basel), Museo Laboratorio Arte Contempornea in Rome, the Chelsea Art Museum in New York and the International Center of Photography.