Cinema in Piazza Luca Vitone’s Romanistan
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Romanistan will be available online here from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Luca Vitone is known as an artist of places. Throughout his multidisciplinary career, which has incorporated painting, sculpture, photography, music, installation, and now film, he has investigated the interconnection between individuals and the locations they inhabit. In Romanistan, Vitone continues this inquiry with an in-depth investigation of the Romani people and their culture, which the artist has focused on since the 1990s. Since the Romani’s initial departure from India between the 8th and 14th centuries C.E., the population has dispersed in countries throughout the globe, with robust communities on every continent. United by language, culture and widespread persecution and marginalization across location and time, Vitone’s film presents interviews with leaders in the Romani community to reflect on their culture that exists without a homeland, without an army and without borders. Vitone recreates the storied migratory route of the Romani people in reverse, from Italy to India, harkening to a trip the artist made with his family. The film’s narrative unfolds through passages of roaming landscapes captured through this journey.
An interview with artist and filmmaker Luca Vitone about his career and process in creating Romanistan will be released alongside the screening of the film.
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