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Amazona 2

Campanilla


The Amazons were a legendary nation of the Greek mythological imaginary. It was constituted by powerful women under the rule of Queen Hyppolyta. Some of the special features that characterised these women warriors were their great mastery of the bow and their skill in riding horses. Legend says that Amazons lived in Pontus, near the coast of the Euxine sea, and that no male was allowed to live in the Amazon country. Once a year, in order to avoid the extinction of the race, the Amazons visited the Gargareans, a neighbouring tribe. The male children who were born out of these visits were either put to death or sent back to their fathers; the females were kept and brought up by their mothers, they were trained for agricultural labour, in hunting and in the art of war.

This video piece documents a performance by the artist Campanilla. Standing on an office chair with wheels, she moves from one side of the room to the other, demonstrating her skill and mastery of the technique. Again, irony makes an appearance in this short but strong piece, as the camera impassively records in a fixed shot the developments and pursuits of Campanilla on her chair.

In this work the Madrid artist Campanilla continues to explore the performative possibilities of the domestic setting. Any object is susceptible of being used, thrown, reconverted or sacrificed in the name of art.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Amazona 2
  • Direction: Campanilla
  • Production: Campanilla. 1997.
  • Duration: 00:00:40
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright