The Third Chimpanzee, Vajont 2014

The Third Chimpanzee, Vajont 2014

The Third Chimpanzee, Vajont 2014 (excerpt), video, HD, 44’14”, single channel, no color, sound, variable size.

The Third Chimpanzee is a series of video works exploring the relationship existing between urban spaces and its inhabitants, investigating the possibilities of tracing a representation of a cultural landscape through photography.

The third episode of the series focuses on the tragedy of Vajont, one of the most important events in the history of the Italian Republic. The night of October 9, 1963, Toc Mount slope collapsed into lake Vajont, an artificial basin formed after the building of the biggest dam of the time in Italy. The blast wave generated by the landslide destroyed completely the villages of the valley below killing almost two thousand people. Described for decade as a natural catastrophe, Vajont tragedy is a brilliant example of the controversial narrations on which our national identity is based. It also talks about the ideology behind Italian economic boom following WWII.
If you visit the valley hit by the devastating power of air and water, you can taste the scale of the transformation set in motion by humans in the last two decades, recently renamed Anthropocene.
As in the past episodes of The Third Chimpanzee, the camera moves without a storyboard. The material filmed on the field is edited according to the brightness of each single clip, in an attempt to evoke the energy of that blast wave that reset everything in the dark.