Mantova Pigeon

2021,  single channel video, color, stereo audio

In the video work Mantova Pigeon (2021) a traveling shot in a constant zoom-in zoom-out movement is focused on the figure of a pigeon resting upon the balcony’s balustrade of the façade of the Torre dell’Orologio on the Piazza delle Erbe in Mantova, Northern Italy. Alluding to imagery of fascist Italy, where balcony speeches were pivotal in fascist propaganda and served as a central element in the cult of personality around its leader, Mantova Pigeon investigates the sense of power and theatricality conveyed by this architectural motif.

David Claerbout ©2024