Romina de Novellis exhibition and video by Bill Viola – Laure Roynette Gallery, Paris

To be, or not to be
An exhibition of Romina De Novellis, a video of Bill Viola
16th October – 29th November
Laure Roynette Gallery, Paris 

Fase_Rem_2_BIS.jpeg, avr. 2016

From October 16th, Laure Roynette Gallery presents Italian artist Romina de Novellis’ exhibition, together with a short work by one of the most famous representatives of video art: Bill Viola. The exhibition will present an unprecedented dialogue between two artworks made by Romina De Novellis (FASE REM, a serie of nine recent videos in which the artist performs her dreams of pregnant woman, and AUGURII, the video of a performance realized during the FIAC Outdoors in 2014, in which she is confronted with death surrounded of vultures) and SILENT LIFE, 1979, a historical video of 13 minutes of Bill Viola. This moving portrait of a newborn child in a hospital is part of a larger work, The Reflecting Pool – Collected Work 1977-80.

Romina De Novellis and Bill Viola met each other during a retrospective dedicated to the American video artist last year in the Grand Palais. This meeting revealed an intellectual and artistic similarity between the artists, particularly around their common sources of inspiration: the time, the body and especially the work of Masters from the Italian painting such as Caravaggio.

Romina’s work was presented previously in the form of performance in the Palais de Tokyo in 2015, in several Nuit Blanche events (2010, 2011, 2012), in the FIAC Outdoors in the Jardin des Plantes (2014), in the Friche Belle de Mai, in the context of Marseille, Cultural Capital (2013), to the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (for the Nuit des Musées in 2013), and in the Venice Biennale within the framework of the events of the Opening Week in 2011 and 2013.

Image: Romina De Novellis, Fase Rem 2, 2014, Full HD video 1920 x 1080, color, 01:44 © De Novellis / Maldonado, Courtesy the artist and Laure Roynette Gallery