In Absence of Bodies (2011)
The project series documents the installation "In Absence of Bodies" designed by Pettena in 2011 for the Stromerein Performance Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. The installation consists of clothes lines hung in the main square of the city and refers to Pettena's previous installation "Laundry" in 1969. In this case "[...] it is not laundry that, being hung out in the main square of the city, polemically ‘violate’ the context of the power. Rather, it is a statement on the body in its absence, as the performance takes place in a dance and theatre festival where the body is always protagonist."  A second edition was also presented at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City, in 2013.
The project series contains a drawing of the installation, a sketch, details for the hanging lines, a printout of a photo montage of the installation, and photographs and a video of the installation.
 Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/inst-in-absence-2011-1/ (last accessed 23 January 2020)
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