Isole Abbandonate Della Laguna [The Abandoned Islands of the Lagoon] (1979)
Part of:
  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Isole Abbandonate Della Laguna [The Abandoned Islands of the Lagoon] (1979)


circa 1979-2018

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 29 digital files (50 MB)
    2 photographs
    1 drawing
Scope and content:
The project series documents the performance "Isole Abbandonate Della Laguna" held at the Palazzo Grassi, in Venezia, during "The Art of Performance" in 1979. The setting for the performance is similar to a lecture, where the performer stands on a podium placed above television screens playing films on the abandoned islands of the Venetian Lagoon. The performer remains silent, walking around the stage. "He finally stops at the stand but, while he should speak about the environment and its pollution, his lips remain sealed. After trying several times he disappears upwards, into “the darkness of his failures“." [1]

The project series contains photographs of the performance and storyboards.

[1] Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/perf-abandoned-islands-1979/ (last accessed 11 December 2019).
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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Venice Italy

Language of material:
  • English
  • Italian

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