Romanistan. Interview with Luca Vitone
Magazzino Italian Art is pleased to present an interview with artist and filmmaker Luca Vitone about his career and process in creating the movie Romanistan.
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.
Luca Vitone discusses his interest in the Roma people and how he has come to understand this culture through his research, tracing the migration route of the Roma: the language, the music, and persistent persecution and isolation from mainstream society. Talking about why he chose to make this film, Vitone also speaks about how he approached the narrative aspect of the film, how it fits into his broader artistic practice and what he hopes audiences take away from the film.
Video by Domenico Palma.
Over the course of two weekends, June 12 – 13 and June 26 – 27, 2021, Magazzino Italian Art will premiere the fourth iteration of annual film series Cinema in Piazza presented in partnership with the Cold Spring Film Society. Returning back to the museum’s central courtyard, visitors will have the opportunity to watch new films related to past museum exhibitions, artist films, and classics of Italian cinema. This year’s series is presented in collaboration with Artecinema and Instituto Luce.
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Magazzino Italian Art will begin welcoming the public back to the museum starting Friday, July 10, 2020 in accordance with state, regional, and local guidelines of the phased reopening of the Mid-Hudson region. Find out more information on Magazzino’s summer programming, as well as new health and safety protocols.