The mirror, 2017
14 min. color w sound
The mirror uses architecture as a site of investigation into the intertwining histories of aesthetics and power. Shot in Italy, this work juxtaposes an exploration of ancient building practices and modern regimes, which crystallizes in the work of architect Luigi Moretti (1907-1973). Moretti was a modernist designer who worked closely with the Fascist government of Italy during Mussolini’s regime. After the war, he went on to international recognition and became a pioneer in the field of computer-based architecture. While his reputation is being rejuvenated now, the ethical questions of his political affiliations remain unspoken and unresolved. In a historical moment in which far-right populism is surging, and contemporary fortress walls are being erected, the mirror questions what roles beauty and aesthetics play in collaboration and resistance.