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Video Installation for the ANTONIO CANOVA exhibition composed by a narrative video called "Occhio per Occhio" (eye by eye) and video interpretations of his old notebooks and sculptures. Bassano (Veneto, Italy) 2003_2004
Antonio Canova was born on November 1st, 1757 in Possagno (Treviso), 80 kms from Venice: he was left fatherless when he was only four years old; his mother, Angela Zardo, married Francesco Sartori soon after and then moved to Crespano, a village nearby. Antonio remained at Possagno together with his grandfather Pasino Canova, a stonemason and local sculptor of fair reputation. The above mentioned events marked Antonio Canova’s sensitivity for life.
From childhood, he showed himself to be very able at sculpture: he carried out small works using the clay of Possagno; he is said to have carved a lion out of butter during a dinner among noble Venetians in a villa at Asolo when he was only six or seven years old. The guests were astonished to such an extent that the host, the Senator Giovanni Falier, guessed Antonio Canova’s artistic ability and initiated him to professional study and to vocational training.
Contributors: "Occhio per Occhio" short film actors: Bruno Jahara, Carlos Pulito and Ricardo Targino. Ana Siqueira_model for the installation